Drug and Alcohol Service for London

Newham Community Drug and Alcohol Team

The Community Drug and Alcohol Team (a partnership between DASL and ELFT) operates from Capital House, 134 -138 Romford Road, Stratford, London E15  4LD.

To refer to our service, you can drop in during any of the times below, and you will be seen by a duty worker. 

Monday 10am  - 5pm

Tuesday 10am  - 5pm

Wednesday 10am  - 5pm

Thursday 10am  - 5pm

Friday 10am  - 5pm

Saturday 10am  - 12 noon

For a map of our location, please click here.

If you are a professional and would like to make a referral, please find our referral form here.

(May 2013)

DASL Newham Services

At Capital House, you can access the following services, if you live in Newham.

  • Community Alcohol Detoxification
  • Alcohol Detoxification Support Groups
  • Alcohol Counselling if you are experiencing problems around your own drinking, if you are affected by the drinking of someone close to you, if you care for someone who is drinking
  • Structured Drug Day Programme  - Mon – Sat group based and 1-1 support
  • Alcohol and Drug Aftercare Programme - Mon – Sat group based and 1-1 support
  • Criminal Justice Service
  • Women only service on Tuesday’s between 10.30am – 1.30pm
  • A Men’s Group
  • An Evening Aftercare Group - Thursday 6.00pm – 7.00pm
  • A longer term Aftercare support group
  • A Central & Eastern European service (Russian and Polish speaking
  • Late Night drop-in service for women sex workers - Monday 9.00pm – 11.00pm

To find out more contact us at:

Capital House
134 - 138 Romford Road
London E15 4LD

Tel: 020 8257 3068
Fax: 020 8257 3066
Email: services@dasl.org.uk

Newham Community Alcohol Detoxification Service

The Community Alcohol Detoxification Service can help people come off alcohol using medication to manage withdrawals. Generally, a planned detoxification takes 5-8 days. During this time, people are supported by the Community Detox Team(except on weekends) to monitor progress. This is done on an ambulatory basis whereby clients come to DASL offices or under special circumstances visiting clients at home. They will also discuss future options and support to help maintain abstinence.


  • An initial assessment to discuss if home detoxification is the best option, if not, then we will inform you of other options.
  • We will contact your GP to discuss suitability of community detoxification and prescription of medication for detox regime in accordance with the DASL detox  protocol. We will also liaise with your GP during the detox  period and on completion. We will request a Liver Function Test prior to detox.
  • In Newham, for clients who do not have a GP, DASL will approach one of the Local Enhanced Service GPs to prescribe for the alcohol detox treatment.
  • We also offer a daily monitoring of the detox treatment during the detox programme, discuss any concerns, and provide advice and support.
  • Information on and access to follow-up support/other services, which might be useful after detox.
  • Access to complementary therapies during detox.
  • Follow up Counselling or Structured Day Programme at DASL if appropriate.

Families and Carers Service

The Families and Carers Service offers practical and therapeutic support to family members of carers whose lives have been affected by the substance misuse of someone close to them.

The project works with family members, partners, friends or carers who are over 18 and living in the London Borough of Newham.

Download leaflet here

Capital House
134 - 138 Romford Road
London E15 4LD

Tel: 020 8257 3068
Fax: 020 8257 3066
Email: heathermcadam@dasl.org.uk

WOTS Service

The WOTS Project (Women on The Streets) provides a safe place to rest and talk; needle exchange; condoms; food; shower; clothes washing facilities, and personal alarms. WOTS can also support and give advice on harm minimisation/reduction as well as help service users into treatment if required.

We are pleased to confirm that the WOTS Project will recommence from April 8th 2013. For a while we were unsure of the future funding but now, thanks to Newham Strategic Commissioning, we are able to continue for the coming year. On behalf of DASL and the WOTS team, we would like to thank everybody who has supported the project and also the service users who are increasingly using this out-of-hours service and benefiting from the range of health interventions offered.

Quote from a service user:

"it is hard to manoeuvre in the day but more comes alive at night...having this service has done a lot for me........ this place is so needed... because there are people that are not actually here to see what it does (during the night).. this service to me is like a first step, the second step when I feel ready will be to attend day programme.... "

Contact Alesa Rahman on 020 8257 3068 for more information.

Gambling Counselling at DASL

Gambling is as much of a problem as other forms of addiction yet it is often dismissed and certainly not well recognised. It is also an increasing problem with the rise of internet sites, interactive TV, increasing numbers of betting shops and casinos. For those who gamble it can also cause similar problems to other types of addiction. Relationship difficulties and problems with employment are common and as the gambling increases so does the fear of being discovered and the increased risk of the habit impacting on the gambler's physical or mental health.  Of course worries about money are significant but the problem can go much further than that.    

 At DASL we have years of experience of working effectively with people with addiction problems and at the beginning of 2013, we are offering a new service specifically aimed at those who find it difficult to control their gambling habit and want to get help. Those in 12 step recovery are welcome.

A problem for you?

If you think you might need help then you or your GP can contact us on 020 8257 3068.

Sessions are available at Capital House, Stratford and you can book an appointment for an assessment on the above number to talk with a qualified counsellor.

There are a number of options that the assessor will talk through with you. Sessions are on a one-to-one basis and offered weekly, for 8 weeks, in the first instance. The counsellor will work with you to identify the triggers to your gambling behaviour and to find ways of coping; they will help you to understand the thoughts and feelings which are associated with gambling and work out a strategy for challenging, coping and changing the behaviour.  If you need to get financial help and advice during this period, your counsellor will be able to refer you for this.

Please do call us if you would like to know more.

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