Using drugs or alcohol to help manage stress, anxiety and depression is a very common problem. Whilst short term they may provide some relief from everyday stressors, long term it can lead to significant problems with your health, social and occupational functioning and your emotional wellbeing.

National and local support lines

For your local drug and alcohol services, click here and enter your post code

Action on Addiction: Range of abstinence-based treatment services for people with severe dependency on alcohol and drugs. Telephone: 0300 330 0659 website: https://www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/

Alcoholics Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/

Build on Belief: offer a peer support service for people struggling with substance issues. Website: www.buildonbelief.org.uk/

City Roads Crisis Intervention: 24hr telephone service UK wide and emergency residential care for drug users in crisis. Please note the service is for drug users in crisis only. Telephone: 020 7278 8671

Club Soda: Club Soda helps you live well by being more mindful about drinking. Whether you want to cut down, take a break from alcohol or stop drinking, you’re welcome to join us. Website: www.joinclubsoda.com/

Families Anonymous: Telephone and other support services for families and friends of drug users. Telephone: 020 7498 4680 website: www.famanon.org.uk

Talk to Frank: Helpline for anyone concerned about drug or solvent misuse. Advice and information for drug misusers, their families, friends, carers. Telephone: 0300 123 6600 website: www.talktofrank.com

London Friend: run LGBT drug and alcohol service. Telephone: 020 7833 1674 website: www.londonfriend.org.uk

Phoenix Futures: Charity and housing association which has been helping people overcome drug and alcohol problems for more than 40 years. Telephone: 020 7234 9740 website: www.phoenix-futures.org.uk

UK Narcotics Anonymous: Helpline and regular self help meetings for addicts who have a desire to stop using and who wish to support each other in remaining drug free. Telephone: 0300 999 1212 website: www.ukna.org

Recovery Focus: a national group of charities, who are all highly experienced in providing specialist support services to individuals and families living with the affects of mental ill health, drug and alcohol use, gambling and domestic violence across the country. Telephone: 020 7697 3300 website: www.recoveryfocus.org.uk

Release: Helpline and support for drug users, families, friends. Advice on drug related subjects including health, welfare and legal issues. Telephone: 020 7324 2989 website: www.release.org.uk

Salvation Army: Runs homes for the treatment of alcoholics and drug addict. Telephone: 020 7367 4500 website: www.salvationarmy.org.uk

If you are unsure if your substance misuse has become problematic, please take this self-screening test which will give you an indication of whether you benefit from further support.
Remember, the first step to recovery is to acknowledge that there is a problem and seeking support. Substance misuse can be life changing – help and support is available.

For further support, or information on how access help, please speak to one of our advisors. We have a Substance Misuse Practitioner at the Keeping Well Service, please email keepingwell.nwl@nhs.net or get in touch with one of the services below:
Was this article helpful?
Cancel
Thank you!