Drugs and Alcohol

Find below some of the major mental health services for those with a drug or alcohol addiction.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experiences, strength and hope with each other.  By sharing with each other they may solve their own problems and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern is a national charity which provides information, advice and support about alcohol.  Alcohol Concern works to decrease problems caused by alcohol.

Battle Against Tranquillisers

Battle Against Tranquilisers provides direct services to help those who are addicted to benzodiazepines and “Z” drug tranquilisers, and sleeping pills (and drugs with similar effects) and who wish to withdraw from them.  Battle Against Tranquilisers offers support to help educate and inform and lessen the harm caused by these drugs.


DrugRehab.com is a free online resource which provides information about addiction and mental health issues.


DrugWise promotes evidence-based and non-judgemental information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco through media work, public speaking and lecturing.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship/society for people who want to stop using drugs.

Rehab 4 Alcoholism

Rehab 4 Alcoholism offers a FREE helpline and intervention service for people suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.  Tel: 0345 222 3509.

Talk to Frank

Frank is a national drug education service which offers a 24-hour helpline for anyone concerned about drugs and substance misuse.  Tel: 0300 123 6600.  You can also email, text and access live chat support via the website.

The Recovery Course

The Recovery Course is a Twelve Step programme albeit one that focuses on all kinds of addiction from alcohol and drug dependency through to gambling, sex addiction, pornography, self – harming and eating disorders.  It is designed to bring freedom to people who struggle with addiction or any compulsive behaviour.
When: Every Thursday from 7-9.30pm (28th September 2017 to 11th January 2018).
Where: St Swithun’s Church, Gervis Road, Bournemouth, BH1 3ED
Tel: 01202 241077. No referral needed, you can simply turn up.

ADHD and addiction

There’s an informative guide in a blog post about the link between ADHD and addiction here.  It’s written by Oliver who has lived experience and has been in recovery for 20 years.  This is a guide that he wished he’d had.  Topics covered include:

  • An outline of the risks of addiction for people with ADHD
  • Why Are People With ADHD more likely to abuse substances?
  • How to prevent the problem
  • Treating ADHD when there is a history of substance abuse
  • Addiction to ADHD Medication

Removing the Stigma – how to talk about addiction

Follow this link to see an informative article from a US-based drug and alcohol treatment program.  Even so, there is some useful information on the page that is relevant to anyone with an addiction

Example of topics covered include:

  • Who develops addiction;
  • Alcohol and drug addiction affects everyone in the family;
  • Coping with the stigma of addiction;
  • Drug abuse puts your whole body at risk;
  • The disease of addiction: changing addictive thought patterns