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, then come to a drop in for a safe, confidential, no pressure chat, or text Jess on 07966 728692.

IRiS will be running a term-time drop in session in The ARC at RUSU every other Thursday between 11:00 and 13:30.

If you cannot make this time, appointments can be made at an alternative time and throughout vacations. To arrange an appointment, please email jnewsham@irispartnership.org.uk who will arrange an appointment on your behalf.

Contact Us

0118 378 4100

Come to RUSU's main reception.
Appointments by arrangement, or drop in without an appointment.

Opening Hours

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
Drug & Alcohol Support (term time only)
11:00 – 13:30 Every other Thursday
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