Based in Ballymena, Extern's Northern Low Threshold team is a leading provider of short or long term support for adults affected by alcohol or drugs misuse.

How can we help you?

We’re here to help you to address your drug or alcohol use. The service referral criteria is deliberately wide to allow people easy access to support. We work will people at their point of need and keeps expectations of engagement realistic. This service will mainly support individuals with severe and problematic drug and alcohol use issues.

Those wishing to engage don’t necessarily have to want to change their drug/alcohol use at the time they work with this service, and may only be seeking support around other issues such as housing, benefits, or health and wellbeing.

Low Threshold takes a harm reduction approach to helping people. This means using an approach that utilises knowledge, skills, advice and supports that will reduce the harm the person is doing to themselves, or others, through their drug and/or alcohol use.

For example, providing needle exchange is a recognised worldwide harm reduction technique to help reduce harm from injecting drug use.


LOCATION: Ballymena (operating across the whole Northern Trust area)

SUPPORTING: Adults with substance misuse issues


This service offers support in your home, or in a venue that you feel comfortable in.

You don’t have to come to our office - we can, and will, bring the service to you.


106 Bridge Street
BT43 5EP
Tel: 028 256 54012
Email: [email protected]