Drugs and alcohol
If you’ve been affected by drugs or alcohol, or you’re worried about someone else who is, help is available.
Recognising that you might have a problem with drugs or alcohol is one of the hardest steps to recovery. If you’ve come this far, you are already making big progress.
How it can affect you
Some people believe they can function perfectly well while using drugs or alcohol on a regular basis. However, many people suffer damaging psychological and physical effects as their ‘fun’ past-time quickly turns into dependency and addiction.
Drug and alcohol dependency can also lead to people committing crimes to feed their habit.
Find help and support
Don’t struggle with addiction in silence. Open up to a trusted friend or family member, or even speak to your GP. Some areas provide drug and alcohol drop-in centres, which means you can find help and advice without needing an appointment.
Find help and support near you:
Syringes and anti-social behaviour
If you find discarded syringes you should report this to your local council who will arrange for safe removal and disposal of them.
If you are concerned about drug-taking or dealing in your area because it is taking place in a public area or is affecting your life and causing harm to others, you can report this to your local council.
Drugs and the law
Drugs advice for schools
Departmental advice for school leaders and staff on managing drugs, drug-related incidents within schools and pastoral support for pupils.
Just because it’s legal, doesn’t mean it’s safe.
From the Talk To Frank website:
“Legal highs’ are substances which produce similar effects to illegal drugs (such as cocaine, cannabis and ecstasy) but that are not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act. These new substances are not yet controlled because there is not enough research about them to base a decision on. However, more and more ‘legal highs’ are being researched to see what the dangers are and if they should be made illegal. ‘Legal highs’ cannot be sold for human consumption so they are often sold as bath salts or plant food to get round the law.”
- Legal highs – Frank
- Legal highs, lethal lows – information from Talk To Frank
- Legal highs, lethal lows – campaign managed by Leicestershire Substance Misuse Partnership (SMP)
- Manchester Centre for the Study of Legal Highs
- What are legal highs?
- Why not find out? – independent information site about legal highs
Useful links and information
ADS (Addiction Dependency Solutions) – a leading UK drug and alcohol charity operating throughout the North and the Midlands.
Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs
The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs makes recommendations to the government on the control of dangerous or otherwise harmful drugs.
- Help and advice with your drinking
- Am I drinking too much? – a quick and simple test to find out more about your relationship with alcohol.
- Alcohol support from NHS Choices
- Drugs – information from NHS Choices
Club Drug Clinic
The Club Drug Clinic is a national service for people who have begun to experience problems with their use of recreational drugs.
Crew 2000 specialises in reducing the harms associated with substance abuse, providing impartial information advice and support.
Drinkaware is a charity that works to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK.
The Drugs Meter app compares your drug taking against the Drugs Meter community to give unbiased, anonymous feedback.
Lifeline Project works with individuals, families and communities both to prevent and reduce harm, to promote recovery, and to challenge the inequalities linked to alcohol and drug misuse’.