Coronavirus information

Due to the coronavirus outbreak and the ‘social distancing’ guidance issued by the government, we have needed to reduce and adapt the usual face-to-face support that we provide so we can keep our service users and staff safe.

We will continue to talk with you and help you even if coming into our service isn’t possible.

To check what support is currently available and if there are any changes to our opening times, please contact us on the details below and we’ll do our best to make sure you still get the help you need.


Better Lives is an integrated adult substance misuse service delivered by WDP in partnership with Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust and Blenheim.

We offer a free and confidential support service for individuals and their families affected by drug and alcohol problems in Islington.

The specialist team include substance misuse practitioners, doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists and pharmacists, as well as complementary therapists, volunteers and peer mentors.  Together we offer a high quality and professional service that supports individuals and their families who wish to receive advice, assessment and treatment for their drug and/or alcohol problems.  We also offer advice and training to local community organisations.

How to access our services

The service is free and open to all Islington residents aged 18 or over, as well as their families and carers.

You can refer yourself by attending our open access drop-in sessions or contacting us by phone or email.   You will be able to talk to one of our team who will help you decide which service best meets your needs. Our team will then work with you to create a care plan which will be reviewed regularly.

Alternatively, any professional, such as a housing support worker, social worker or nurse, can make the referral on your behalf. 

What we offer

  • One-to-one key working
  • Group work and day programme
  • BBV testing and treatment
  • Treatment in GP surgeries
  • Assessment and access to residential detoxification and rehabilitation
  • Debt and housing advice
  • Specialist women’s groups and support
  • Psychological therapy, counselling and group work
  • Self-help and mutual aid groups
  • Aftercare services including skills coaching
  • A health and wellbeing service for people who use substances at lower levels, including alcohol, club drugs, cannabis and cocaine
  • Reintegration and Aftercare - education, training and employment (ETE) support
  • Family and carers’ support and advice

For more information, please also visit our partners' websites:

Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust


Contact us:

99-101 Seven Sisters Road
London N7 7QP

Tel: 020 3317 6099

28B King Henry's Walk
London N1 4PB

Tel: 020 3317 6650



Useful links:

DrinkCoach website