What We Do

Strengthening the
Voice of the Sector

NIADA is the alliance which facilitates co-operation among voluntary and community sector organisations supporting those affected by alcohol and drug use, and their families


Substance use is a significant and growing issue, and the culture of use is evolving

It is essential a coordinated approach is taken to tackle alcohol and drug issues across NI – a key role of NIADA is to encourage and support government and decision makers to implement our key recommendations, thus improving the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

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An effective Alcohol & Drug strategy

Northern Ireland requires an up-to-date and effective strategy, including review and development of treatment pathways, and collaboration with the voluntary sector to best meet local needs.

We want a strategy to contain:
  • No wrong doors – make every contact count
  • Review of referral and treatment pathways to all services
  • Clear responsibility for sharing of relevant information
  • Early intervention and prevention
  • Evidence based policy solutions:

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Informing conversations about substance use

Our culture is evolving, and we need to talk about how best to support our service users – even if those conversations may be uncomfortable for decision makers.

We want to talk about:
  • Public health campaigns in partnership with voluntary sector
  • Agree and promote Key Messages for media
  • Provide a cohesive voice for members
  • Advocate and influence policy, practice and service delivery
  • Campaign for the voluntary and community sector to be involved in the development, design and delivery of the drug and alcohol services

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Alternative forms of funding for services

In a climate of austerity, new ways of funding services are needed.

We want to utilise:
  • Proceeds of minimum unit pricing (as part of a suite of tools)
  • Proceeds of asset recovery – ring-fenced from drug and alcohol crime

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