GDAS is commissioned by the Gwent Substance Misuse Area Planning Board to provide an integrated drug, alcohol and family support service.

GDAS represents a truly collaborative, meaningful partnership approach. Consortium members (Kaleidoscope, Drugaid and G4S) have existing tried and tested relationships which will be crucial in delivering excellent service in Gwent.

GDAS core principles:

  • Integrity
  • Willingness to learn and change
  • Seamless, responsive service delivery
  • Commitment to perseverance and continuous improvement.

The principles of Recovery are embraced throughout all levels of GDAS, from Board to front line delivery. You can access Welsh Governments Substance Misuse Treatment Framework Recovery Oriented Systems of Care  –  (CLICK TO DOWNLOAD DOCUMENT)

GDAS creates an environment of empowerment, enabling service users to be ambitious about their Recovery Journey, combined with a range of support and a very strong foundation of pioneering and creative service user involvement builds Recovery capital for sustained change and better futures.

GDAS has proven a high quality processes for clinical provision including rapid prescribing, relationships with pharmacies, experienced qualified clinicians who are co-located with support teams creating critical alignment for effective casework/treatment. We provide a clinical system which is transparent and rooted in the Welsh Clinical Governance System. A commitment to the principles of Prudent Health Care and the practice of evidenced based medicine.


The engagement team are dedicated to carrying out intial assessments and providing proactive and assertive outreach to hard to reach and vulnerable populations within Gwent. GDAS knows that many people are isolated from family and other support networks at time of referral and often struggle to engage and attend appointments. GDAS is committed to providing services across Gwent, from local specialist venues and community resources.

The Engagement team will carry out Alcohol and Drug Screening using AUDIT (alcohol use disorders identification test) and DUDIT (drug use disorders identification test) to give feedback and advice on how to make positive changes to substance use in a safe and appropriate way. Brief Interventions will be offered or onward referral to our Active Treatment Team.


  • Duty Care Service
  • Advocacy
  • Advice and Information
  • Signposting and onward referral
  • Harm reduction services
    • Naloxone and overdose awareness training
    • Needle Syringe Program (Needle Exchange)
    • Safer injecting advice
    • Sexual health services
    • Blood-borne virus testing & vaccination
  • Outreach services including home visits.
  • Brief Interventions and advice for those not seeking structured treatment
  • Online resources and self help materials for those not wanting to access formal treatment.

Active Treatment

Our active treatment team will offer structured support and case management for service users who are dependent on substances, experiencing dual diagnosis (mental health and substance misuse) or have safeguarding concerns such as child protection, or domestic abuse. Active Treatment workers will offer comprehensive assessment and care planning to set clear and achievable recovery goals that are service user led, taking into account all areas of recovery capitol. Appointments will be offered from GDAS bases, community venues and other service provision to ensure continuity of care are reduce barriers to engagement. Outreach is also available if a service user is temporarily restricted to their home, or is admitted to hospital for health reasons.


Services available include:

  • Preparation goups
  • Opiate substitute prescribing
  • Alcohol detoxification including home detox
  • Alcohol Relapse Prevention Medication (Antabuse/Naltrexone/Campral)
  • Tailor-made treatment packages for all illicit drugs and alcohol including legal highs and new psychoactive substances
  • Evidenced-based therapeutic Interventions
    • Behavioural Control Therapy,
    • Controlled Drinking
    • Social Behaviour Network Therapy
    • Motivational Interviewing
  • Community Reinforcement Approach
  • Support and treatment for prescription drugs such as co codamol and tramadol
  • BBV/HIV testing & Vaccination
  • Complementary therapies
  • Group activities & therapies
  • Health promotion including sexual health advice and family planning

Recovery/Aftercare Services

GDAS recovery service is open to all service users (including criminal justice) at whatever stage of recovery they are in. Service users will be encouraged to utilise peer support and mutual aid, holistic therapies and group activities to improve their recovery capitol and reduce the impact of lapse / relapse.

Aftercare workers will be allocated to work specifically with those service users who are nearing the end of any medicated treatment such as alcohol relapse prevention prescribing, or substitute opiate prescribing (methadone or buprenorphine).

The Aftercare and Recovery Service will be available to service users for a minimum of 7 months post treatment completion or for as long as they wish to remain supported by GDAS.


Services available include:

  • Intensive Aftercare support packages
  • Detoxification support
  • Structured Relapse Prevention
  • Referral into inpatient detoxification orstabilisation and residential rehabilitation
  • Comprehensive recovery service
  • Diversionary activities
  • Volunteering programme
  • Bibliotherapy Materials (self help guides)
  • Online recovery resources
  • Peer-led community hubs
  • Peer-Mentoring Support
    • Mutual Aid (SMART recovery and signposting to AA/NA)
    • Week-end and evening recovery events

IRIS (Integrated recovery Intervention Service) – Criminal Justice

IRIS staff are fully integrated into GDAS, and are located throughout GDAS bases. Service users are entitled to access recovery support and family and carer service throughout their recovery journey. GDAS aims to offer a seamless transfer between community and criminal justice substance misuse treatment, improve information sharing and risk management, and to continue to develop joint working with partner agencies.

IRIS service users are eligible to access clinical assessment, treatment and support including

  • alcohol detoxification,
  • opiate substitute prescribing,
  • alcohol relapse prevention prescribing,
  • BBV/ HIV testing and vaccination,
  • health promotion, sexual health and family planning.


For those who are involved in the criminal justice system, we can offer the following:

  • Drug and Alcohol Arrest Referral in Police Custody Suites
  • DIP (Drug Intervention Program)
  • Integrated Offender Management
  • Probation Liaison Service
  • Statutory Court Interventions
  • Drug Rehabilitation Requirement (DRR)
  • Alcohol Treatment Requirement (ATR)
  • Rehabilitation Activity Requirement (RAR)
  • Prison Liaison, throughcare and referral services