A high dependence on illegal drugs and legal highs can be symptomatic of a chaotic lifestyle but substance misuse is not a cause of domestic abuse.  An abusive individual may try to blame their behaviour on their substance misuse, but there is no excuse for domestic abuse.

In some cases, victims are made to take drugs to a level where they develop a dependency because this means the abuser can gain further control. 

Local services are available to support and offer treatment to anyone wishing to overcome their dependency, and support for friends and family of a person living with drug abuse. 

Contact Details


  • Advice and support on drug misuse
  • Treatment for drug misuse
  • Prescription
  • Counselling
  • Referral to rehabilitation centres
  • Advice and support for families and friends of drug users


The team run a combination of 'open access' sessions (no appointment necessary) and bookable appointments for advice and assessment for drug treatment at the following times and venues:

Tuesdays 10am to 12pm Room 35, Paignton Hospital
Tuesdays 1pm to 4pm Appointments by arrangement (Paignton and Brixham)
Wednesdays 3pm to 7:30pm Shrublands House, Morgan Avenue, Torquay
Fridays 9:30am to 4pm Appointment by arrangement (Torquay)