Fears are growing that cuts to funding in the region could be putting lives at risk for those battling alcohol problems.
Experts say that demand for treatment far outstrips supply.
And that many people are being forced to seek private care due to cutbacks.
Ian Smith is an Addictions Counsellor for Oasis Recovery Communities in Runcorn.
Alcohol dependence is a growing problem, yet only 1 in 5 of those are getting the help they need.
The number of people dying due to alcohol in the North West has almost doubled in the last 25 years.