Drugs & alcohol

Drug and alcohol use can contribute to poor mental health. Equally, poor mental health can lead to increased use of drugs and alcohol, and the stress of staying at home can make these habits harder to control. Cutting down or quitting drugs and alcohol use can help you take back control of your moods and emotions.

If you are reducing your drinking, remember it can be dangerous, and even fatal, to stop too quickly without proper support. If you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have your first drink of the day), you should seek medical advice before cutting down.

It can also be dangerous or very unpleasant to stop using some drugs too quickly or without proper support. Get medical advice before you cut down or stop using drugs, especially if you have withdrawal symptoms.

If you are currently in drug and alcohol treatment, you can speak to your drug and alcohol service about any concerns you have about attending appointments or getting any medication they may be prescribing to you.

All local areas have services to help people with drug and alcohol problems, and you can find more information on what is available in your local area using the NHS drug and alcohol service finder or look at the services listed below:

Local Listings

Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

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Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Constabulary’s (police) website provides a range of advice and resources on where to get help, how to report crimes and tips and advice.

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Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that aims to give people the power to speak up and stop crime anonymously.

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Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

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UK Smart Recovery

UK Smart Recovery is a charity which promotes choice in recovery through a national network of mutual aid meetings and online training resources.

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Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.

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RELEASE

RELEASE is an independent charity and a national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law.

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Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that that may solve their common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

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FRANK

FRANK is a website and national telephone helpline operated by Public Health England offering honest advice, information and support to anyone concerned about drugs and solvent/volatile substance misuse.

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Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

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SupportLine

SupportLine is a charity which provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

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Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

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Childline

Childline is a national free, private and confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything big or small with trained counsellors.

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ChatHealth

ChatHealth offers support to young people aged between 11 – 19 with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues

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National Listings

Qwell

Support available includes articles, forums, peer support and anonymous mental health counselling from qualified counsellors (via online messaging/chats).

read more

Gloucestershire Police

Gloucestershire Constabulary’s (police) website provides a range of advice and resources on where to get help, how to report crimes and tips and advice.

read more

Crimestoppers

Crimestoppers is an independent charity that aims to give people the power to speak up and stop crime anonymously.

read more

Mind

Mind is a mental health support charity and offers a way of finding out what’s available in your area, such as specific BAME groups.

read more

UK Smart Recovery

UK Smart Recovery is a charity which promotes choice in recovery through a national network of mutual aid meetings and online training resources.

read more

Narcotics Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.

read more

RELEASE

RELEASE is an independent charity and a national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law.

read more

Marijuana Anonymous

Marijuana Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other so that that may solve their common problem and help others to recover from marijuana addiction.

read more

FRANK

FRANK is a website and national telephone helpline operated by Public Health England offering honest advice, information and support to anyone concerned about drugs and solvent/volatile substance misuse.

read more

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

read more

SupportLine

SupportLine is a charity which provides a confidential telephone helpline offering emotional support to any individual on any issue.

read more

Samaritans

Samaritans is a charity providing non-judgemental listening support to anyone. 

read more

Childline

Childline is a national free, private and confidential service for children and young people under the age of 19 where you can talk about anything big or small with trained counsellors.

read more

ChatHealth

ChatHealth offers support to young people aged between 11 – 19 with questions relating to a wide range of health and wellbeing issues

read more
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