The Ballymena-based Step 2 service offers an outreach service supporting people impacted by substance misuse and their families.

This service is designed for adults (18+) who are impacted by patterns of alcohol or substance misuse.

Individuals will be supported by our highly-trained and dedicated team to achieve agreed goals in relation to substance misuse, with the aim of reducing or abstaining from substances. In addition to this, we provide support to family members impacted by an individual’s substance use.

Extern are also committed to providing support and signposting in relation to other areas impacted by substance misuse. This may also include physical, mental health wellbeing, social functioning, or criminal involvement.

What kind of treatment is available?

Extended brief Interventions: these include 5 x 30 minute sessions with approaches including Guided Self Help; Motivational Enhancement therapy; Relapse Management therapy.

Therapeutic Intervention: sessions will last up to 50 minutes and use integrative approaches, including Enhanced Motivational Interviewing; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Relapse Management Therapy.

Family Support: An initial support/education session to signpost and provide solution focused support, followed up with 50 minutes of psychoeducation support. Number of sessions will be discussed on an individual basis with client and intervention worker.

The service is the lead partner in the Mid and East Antrim Drug & Alcohol Steering Group, where it is the first agency to be informed of all substance issues in the council area, and works alongside all agencies, emergency services, charities and the public sector on all substance misuse issues in this area. Through this group, the service was also picked to be one of the Mayor’s chosen charities for the year 2017/18.

LOCATION: Office based in Ballymena, outreach service delivered throughout the Northern Trust Area

SUPPORTING: Communities


Step 2 has an open referral process. An individual can refer themselves into the service or alternatively a friend or family member can refer on their behalf with their consent.


106 Bridge Street,
BT43 5EP
Tel: 028 2565 4012
Email: [email protected]