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Antidote is an LGBT drug and alcohol support service offered by London Friend who offer support services for those who want to quit, are thinking of cutting down, or those who want support or advice about playing more safely. Antidote is the UK’s only LGB&T run and targeted drug and alcohol support service. It was set up in 2002, working with both drug and alcohol users and healthcare professionals.

Antidote provides non-judgemental free advice and support delivered by highly trained staff and volunteers, all of whom identify as LGB or T, and who have a good understanding of the pressures and problems that come with recreational drug or alcohol use.  Antidote was the first drug service in the UK to see people seeking help around chemsex and have developed a range of specialist support services for men engaged in this scene.

Services offered by antidote include:

  • One-to-one key working to address immediate drug and alcohol support needs
  • Referral to detox clinics and prescribing centres
  • Referral to our counselling service
  • Drop-ins to discuss drug and alcohol issues, sexual health and steroid use issues
  • An intensive structured weekend programme (SWAP)
  • A telephone advice helpline
  • Training and support for healthcare professionals
  • Women workers are available across the service


London friend works in partnership with the NHS and other services to make referrals for detox or rehab, or to sexual health, mental health or other specialised support.

A variety of clinics are available, on a drop in or appointment basis. The Antidote helpline can be reached on 020 7833 1674 from 10am-6pm Monday to Friday.

Population groups: 
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people
People with mental health problems
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