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.  The charity 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.  Support is offered to help educate and inform and lessen the harm caused by these drugs.

Drinkline

Drinkline offers a free and confidential helpline that is available for people who are worried about their own drinking behaviour, or someone else’s. Useful advice and information is provided to everyone who calls.

Their number is 0300 123 1110 and lines are open 9am-8pm on weekdays and 11am-4pm on weekends.

DrugRehab.com

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

DrugWise

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

EDP Drug and Alcohol Services

EDP Drug & Alcohol Services support people to address their drug and alcohol misuse. A
fundamental belief underpinning their work is that, given the right support and resources, people can and do make remarkable changes.

Tel: 01929 422777 

FamAnon 

Families Anonymous is a support fellowship for families and friends of people affected by drugs and alcohol use. The worldwide fellowship aims to provide mutual support via meeting groups and their online forum. You can also call their helpline on 0845 1200 660 for support.

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship/society for people who want to stop using drugs. Non-judgemental, specialist advice and information is available regarding drug use and laws.

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.

Release 

Release is an independent and registered charity which provides expertise on drugs and drugs law.  The charity advocates for evidence-based drug policies and also provides a counselling outreach service. Please call their telephone helpline for help and advice on 020 7324 2989. Lines are open 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm Monday to Friday. Or you can email them on ask@release.org.uk. 

The Y-Stop project is also run by Release and was created by young people for young people. The stop and search project aims to increase confidence and skills when faced with a stop and search. The Y-stop app provides information regarding expert lawyers and confidential support and advice.

Re-Solv

Re-Solv is an expert charity which works across the UK to end volatile substance abuse and support people who have been affected by solvents, gases and other “legal” highs. If you have been affected by solvent and volatile substance abuse and would like support please call 01785 810762. Support is also available via text and Whatsapp on 07496 959930. Live chat is also available on their website or you can also email them at c4r@re-solv.org. Re-solv can put in you touch with local services and arrange a first session of telephone or online counselling. 

StreetScene Addiction Recovery

Confidential and private Bournemouth and Southampton based rehab treatment centres
that cater for alcohol dependency, drug addiction, eating disorders and all types of
addiction rehabilitation.

Tel: 01202 467 661 

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.

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