i-access, the drug and alcohol service for Surrey residents, is piloting a telephone-based treatment to help higher-risk drinkers who are seeking to reduce their intake.

Treatment consists of up to six 30-minute sessions conducted by telephone with an alcohol specialist, known as Alcohol Extended Brief Interventions.

The new pilot will run until the end of March 2020 and replaces the current DrinkCoach online coaching service provided by Humankind.

People who require additional support following the Extended Brief Intervention and who meet the criteria, may automatically be referred onto the full i-access treatment pathway.  This will be integrated into Surrey’s existing treatment system delivered by i-access, and will create a single point of contact and assessment for all alcohol clients.

Referrals can be made via the current i-access team at https://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com/iAccessGetting-help   

The service is offered by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as part of i-access, a partnership with Catalyst Support. You can find more information at https://www.surreydrugandalcohol.com.