Service Overview


Early Break is the chosen Young Person's Drug and Alcohol Service for Bury, Rochdale and East Lancashire. 

In Bury and Rochdale we support young people up to the age of 19 and in East Lancashire up to the age 21.  Early Break is involved with the 'Living Safe and Sound' group in Bury and the 'Within Reach' group in Rochdale.  These groups are for young people aged 18 to 25 in Bury and 18 to 25 in Rochdale.  The aim of these groups is to support the transition into Adult Treatment Services.  


Person centred philosophy is in the foundations of Early Break.  What this means for the young people that we work with is that they are at the centre of everything we do.  Each young person sets their own goals and targets and the role of their worker is that they support them to achieve these goals. 

When a young person is referred in to Early Break they are allocated to a worker and the worker will make contact with them within 24 hours of the referral being received.  At Early Break there isn't a waiting list. 

Early Break's work is rooted in client centred theory and philosophy;
  • we believe that children and young people have a right to be involved in decisions that affect their lives 
  • we belive that children and young people have a right to respect, to be listened to and protected from harm
  • we work in a way that facilitates informed decision making by children and young people about their drug and alcohol use and their treatment interventions 
  • we work in a way that respects the diversity of children and young people’s cultures, backgrounds and life experiences
  • we believe that, by supporting parents/carers into their own treatment, outcomes for children in the family are significantly improved
  • we believe that children and young people have the right to choose whether anyone else from their family is involved in their treatment and that outcomes for the young person are improved when family members are involved in this way


The workers at Early Break come from a variety of backgrounds for example youth work, adult drug services, counselling but what we all have in common is that we can build meaningful relationships with young people and their families.  We believe that these relationships are vital for us to support young people to make changes. 

As a service we ask our workers to be the best they can be so that they can support the young people we work with to be the best they can be.

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