Alcohol and Drugs


Are you worried about alcohol or drugs? Do you want to know more about the dangers of underage drinking or drug use?

Are you a parent worried your child may be drinking alcohol or taking drugs?

Read on to find out more about where to go for advice, information or further support.


Who are we?

The Matrix works with young people under 18yrs, their families and carers in South Tyneside whose lives have been affected by drugs or alcohol and those who are at risk of developing drug or alcohol problems. We are a team of specialised workers offering a friendly and supportive confidential service located in South Shields Town Centre. (Alternative locations can be arranged). We are here to help you.

We offer young people:

  • Advice and Information
  • Drug & Alcohol awareness
  • Opportunities to explore triggers for using and self-help strategies
  • Support with Relapse Prevention
  • Help with Social and Educational needs
  • Identification and appropriate actions for safeguarding and risks
  • Counselling where appropriate
  • Access to Sexual Health services and Condom Distribution

What happens at the appointment?

We will need to ask some questions to find out the best way to help, this is called an assessment, one to one ongoing support will then be arranged if required. Anything you say to Matrix staff will not be shared or passed on to other people unless we are worried that you or someone you know is being hurt or is likely to be hurt.

If you are a parent who wants to know more about how to talk to your child about underage drinking or drugs visit here