The Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team, also know as START, provides support and treatment to people living in the city who are struggling with addiction to alcohol, opiates and non-opiates

We also support people who are involved with the police, probation services, or who are leaving prison, to support them to reduce their drug related offending alongside providing specialist treatment. 

We have two clinics in Sheffield, one based at the Fitzwilliam Centre and the other on Sidney Street.

Our team is made up of around 125 staff including nurses, recovery workers, doctors, therapists, support workers and social workers. We treat around 3,500 people a year.

The START service is split up into four main areas:

  • Alcohol Service - specialist in providing support and treatment for problematic alcohol use or dependency.  
  • Opiates Service - specialise in providing support and treatment for addiction to opiate drugs such as heroin, morphine and codeine, including over the counter and prescribed medications. The team also provide harm reduction advice, needle exchange, wound care, and specialist clinics for people who have physical health problems related to drug use.
  • Non-Opiates Service - specialise in providing support and treatment for addiction to non-opiate drugs such as cannabis, powder cocaine and crack cocaine, amphetamines. The team also provide a specialist Spice Clinic and Performance Enhancing Drug Use Clinic, also known as the Juice Clinic.
  • Criminal Justice - our staff work with people who are involved with the criminal justice system linked to their substance use. We aim to provide them with support to help them stop offending, including engaging them into treatment where appropriate.

We offer free, confidential support to anyone aged 18 or over who lives in Sheffield, and people can refer themselves or a loved one to the service.

To find out more about the support on offer click on one of the services above. 

This service is commissioned by the Drug and Alcohol Co-ordination Team at Sheffield City Council

Needle exchange

If you are injecting drugs, we can provide sterile injecting equipment, sharps bins and safer injecting advice to help reduce the risks to you and others.

You don’t need an appointment to use the needle exchange, and you don’t need to be in treatment. 

To find out more you can give us a call or drop-in to our clinics at Sidney Street or at the Fitzwilliam Centre. 

Recovery groups and activities

Recovery groups and activities offer supportive settings to help control your drug or alcohol use. Groups are peer led reflective sessions and activities focus on spending time positively through exercise, music, sport and art.

Find out more.

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Contact us

General Manager: Adele Rowett Service Managers: Sid Wiffen and Claire Vessey
0114 305 0500


42 Sidney Street
S1 4RH
United Kingdom

Fitzwilliam Centre
143-145 Fitzwilliam Street
S1 4JP
United Kingdom

Operating hours

9am to 5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday. 9am to 8pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Service CQC rating

Overall Trust CQC rating