Drug and Alcohol Support

IRiS are the drug and alcohol treatment provider for Reading and they run drop-ins within the RUSU Advice Service. IRiS believes in treating the person, not the problem and by this they recognise that substance use is often the symptom of other events in your life.

The misuse (including over-indulgence) of alcohol, illegal or legal substances or prescription medication can lead to many issues including:

  • Getting behind in your studies, or not doing as well as you want to do;
  • Physical and mental health difficulties, including impact on your mood;
  • Financial problems or debt;
  • Impacting on your friendships and relationships;
  • Other issues such as getting in to trouble with the Police.

IRiS is not here to tell you to stop using drugs and/or alcohol; they want to support you in making the decision to be safe, and to offer the right help should you want to cut down or quit your substance use.

They can provide free information and advice about any substances including: alcohol, cannabis, cocaine, steroids, prescription medication (including painkillers), MDMA, ketamine and other substances.

If you’re concerned about how substance use is affecting you or a friend, email Jess on jnewsham@irispartnership.org.uk for a safe, confidential no pressure chat.


Contact the Advice Service

0118 378 4100

Appointments with the Advice Service by arrangement, or drop in without an appointment.

Services which operate within the Advice Service have separate sessions: see their individual pages for further info on how and when to access them.

Opening Hours for the Advice Service

Term Time
11:00 – 13:30 Monday & Tuesday
14:00 – 16:30 Wednesday
11:00 – 13:30 Thursday & Friday
Vacation Time
11:00 – 13:30 Monday & Thursday
14:00 – 16:30 Wednesday
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