Unity Substance Misuse Services in Cumbria

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About our service

Unity is the Alcohol and Drug Recovery Service for Cumbria and we will help you work out the things in your life that work for you and how you can build on these with our support.

We will do this with our team of Experienced Staff, Peer Mentors and Volunteers and by linking you in with other recovery-focused community based groups and a range of partners relevant to your own recovery.This visible Recovery Network will be your foundation for getting and staying well.

Unity are part of GMMH’s CQC Outstanding rated Substance Misuse services and we continually work to maintain and improve our standards for the people we support.

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European Union Citizens’ UK Settlement Scheme

The EUSS is a Home Office scheme to provide status under UK law to EU citizens and their families. EU citizens must apply online to the EUSS as status will not be granted automatically – you will need to complete an application.

The deadline for submitting your application is 30th June 2021.

All EU citizens and their families who have been living in the UK under EU free movement law and want to continue living in the UK, now we have left the EU, must apply to reside lawfully. This includes EU citizens married to British citizens and those who have lived in the UK for many years.

Here are some links which will help you to complete your application online, should you need to do so:

Please speak to a Unity staff member if you need further help or information regarding applying.

Who do we help and where

Anyone over 18 who needs help relating to alcohol or drugs - at our services across Cumbria and in various other community settings.

Your Choice

When you first contact, or are referred to Unity, we will arrange for you to attend for “Your Choice” where you will meet staff and people already in Recovery who will let you know about the things that happen at Unity and in the community that will support your Recovery. These will include an individual assessment and Recovery Plan, working together with others, options for detoxification and Community Rehab where appropriate, our links with local Recovery networks and other help relevant to your life.

Your Experience of our Service

If you would like to tell us about Your Experience of our Service – please click here to give us your feedback on how we are doing.

Once completed, please forward your response to unityspoc@gmmh.nhs.uk for the attention of Ashley Gibson.

Thank you.


You can refer yourself to Unity using the Unity Referral Assessment Form.docx. You can then either email it to unityspoc@gmmh.nhs.uk or post it to your local Unity service. If you are seeing a GP or someone from one of our other local partners you may prefer to ask them to refer you to us.

Recovery Start, Recovery Journey, Recovery Plus

How we help you will be relevant to you. Your health, your abilities, your situation. As well as our experienced treatment staff, you will see around our services and be supported by people who have lived with the impact of addiction and are now in Recovery and able to share their knowledge strength and motivation. Our Peer Mentors and Volunteers are a significant part of Unity and of the Recovery network we will help you be a part of.

Recovery Academy Online Resources

The Trust’s Recovery Academy provides a range of free educational courses and resources for people with mental health and substance misuse problems, their families and carers as well as health care professionals.

All of the Recovery Academy resources focus on supporting people with their recovery and promote good health and wellbeing. The resources are useful if you are looking to increase your knowledge and understanding of mental health, improve your mental wellbeing, or simply want to learn something new.

Please just follow the link here: www.gmmh.nhs.uk/recovery, click on the blue heading that says “Recovery Academy Announcement - We're back!” and follow the instruction to access the material.


Residential and Community Rehab, Detox & Opiate Replacement Therapy

Residential and Community Rehab

We are able to offer two options for rehabilitation away from home, depending on your individual needs, situation and Recovery Plan.

Full, live-in residential therapeutic programme support is available at Stanfield House in Workington through our long-term partner Turning Point, and we are also able to offer a Community Rehab approach through Turning Point, which utilises their supported accommodation in Workington with daily involvement in the Stanfield House therapeutic programme.

Both of these options are focussed on abstinence-based recovery.


Becoming drug and/or alcohol free is an important recovery option and will bring many ongoing health and wellbeing benefits. The Unity team will work with you to prepare and manage your detox either in the community or, where necessary, as an inpatient with one of our partner services.

Opiate Replacement Therapy

We recognise the need to help you reduce the risk of harm from illicit drug use and will support you to find a substitute prescribing programme relevant to your personal situation. This will include the opportunity to be supported to look at planned reduction and/or detox as part of your agreed Recovery Plan. As part of your plan we will help you build a supportive Recovery network that will enable you to move on with your life.


Volunteering/Peer Mentoring

At Unity we are committed to supporting people to volunteer as Peer Mentors. We encourage people with lived experience of the challenges related to problematic alcohol and drug use to train with us and get involved in supporting others as they progress in to their recovery. We also like to support other members of our Communities to become Volunteers for our service.

Five Ways to Wellbeing

The general health and wellbeing of the people who come to us for help is really important to us so our support is founded on the principles of Five Ways to Wellbeing (GIVE, BE ACTIVE, TAKE NOTICE, KEEP LEARNING and CONNECT) all of which help people to stay well physically, mentally and emotionally.

People Who Care/Carers

We know the importance of both including and supporting people with a caring role in your life - this could be your wife, your husband, partner or a close family member, even a neighbour. If they are significant in your care and also if you are caring for them they can be a part of your Recovery Plan.

We also provide support and signposting to people involved in someone’s care who contact us directly for help.

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