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Drug addiction helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on drug addiction

NHS Choices – Drugs

Drugs OverviewPainkillersDrug Addiction SupportCannabis - the factsLegal highs

Find services for drug addiction support that are right for you or someone you know. Provide your postcode to search for the nearest Drug addiction support service.

Royal College of PsychiatristsCannabis and mental health

This leaflet looks at the research on the effects of cannabis use and mental health and is for anyone who is concerned about the issue. We hope that this will help people to make informed choices about using - or not using - cannabis.

GovUK – Drugs & Driving – The LawDrug driving law

It’s illegal to drive if you are either unfit to do so because you’re on legal or illegal drugs or you have certain levels of illegal drugs in your blood (even if they haven’t affected your driving). Legal drugs are prescription or over-the-counter medicines. If you’re taking them and not sure if you should drive, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or healthcare professional

Thinkthink.direct.gov.ukDrug driving

THINK! provides road safety information for road users. Our aim is to encourage safer behaviour to reduce the number of people killed and injured on our roads every year.

Talk to FrankHelpline: 0300 123 6600talktofrank.comHow do I know if I've got a problem?OpiatesCodeineOver the Counter PainkillersLegal highsSmart drugs

Offers free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day. Helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't).

The MixHelpline: 0808 808 4994DrugsWhat are legal highs?

Life’s tough, we know that. It can throw a lot your way and make it hard to know what the hell to do with it all. So, welcome to The Mix. Whether you’re 13, 25, or any age in between, we’re here to take on the embarrassing problems, weird questions, and please-don’t-make-me-say-it-out-loud thoughts you have. We give you the information and support you need to deal with it all. Because you can. Because you’re awesome.

We’ll connect you to experts and your peers who’ll give you the support and tools you need to take on any challenge you’re facing – for everything from homelessness to finding a job, from money to mental health, from break-ups to drugs. We’re a free and confidential multi-channel service. That means that you choose how you access our support, without the worry of anyone else finding out. Whether it be through our articles and video content online or our phoneemailpeer to peer and counselling services – we put the control in your hands. You can even volunteer with us too.

ChildlineHelpline: 0800 1111childline.org.ukDrugs

ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine in these ways: You can phone on 0800 1111, send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat with us, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. You can contact ChildLine about anything - no problem is too big or too small. If you are feeling scared or out of control or just want to talk to someone you can contact ChildLine.

Drugwisedrugwise.org.ukCannabisLegal highs

Provides drug information which is topical, evidence-based and non-judgemental – and to promote this through media work, public speaking and lecturing.

Action on AddictionEmail: enquiries@actiononaddiction.org.ukactiononaddiction.org.ukPrescription and over the counter drugsCodeine

Provides help and information to families and individuals who are worried about alcohol or drug misuse problems.

Addactionaddaction.org.ukOver the counter and prescription drugs

Working solely in the field of drug and alcohol treatment, includes specialist services for young people and access to local projects.

Community for RecoveryHelpline: 01785 810762Text: 07973 887693communityforrecovery.orgGet Help

Community for Recovery has been set up by Re-Solv and Solve It, who are the two UK agencies that work to prevent solvent abuse (officially known as ‘volatile substance abuse or ‘VSA’) and support all those whose lives are affected by it. Solvent abuse is rarely talked about. It has a much lower profile than other, illicit drugs. As a result, those affected by if often feel lonely or isolated – but please don’t suffer alone. We hope that this website will bring people together to build a Community that helps and supports all its members on their individual journeys to recovery.

DrugFAMHelpline: 0300 888 3853 (9am-5pm Mon - Fri)drugfam.co.uk

DrugFAM supports families affected by a loved one’s use of drugs or alcohol. Whilst we work with individual family members and carers rather than the user, we focus on ‘whole family recovery’ and our aim is a positive outcome for everyone including those misusing drugs or alcohol. We pride ourselves on being able to offer our families or carers a flexible range of support to meet their needs. We believe our approach has enormous benefits in terms of physical and emotional wellbeing for individuals as well as improving lives for troubled families.

Adfam Nationaladfam.org.uk

National charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol and is a leading agency in substance related family work including database of local support groups that helps families hear about and talk to people who understand their situation.

Angelus Foundationangelusfoundation.org.uk

Angelus Foundation is committed to help raise awareness about the dangers of legal highs and party drugs and now have a group of experts to advise on its work programme. We develop online resources including short educative films to help young people re-assess the risk of taking these untested substances. We visit schools and universities to engage directly with people. We also aim to get information to parents to understand the issues and have conversations with their children about the dangers of ‘legal highs’.

ReleaseHelpline: 020 7324 2989ask@release.org.ukrelease.org.uk

Provides a range of services dedicated to meeting the health, welfare and legal needs of drugs users and those who live and work with them. The drugs team provides help, advice, information, support and referral to people affected directly and indirectly by drug use.

Amy Winehouse Foundationamywinehousefoundation.orgResilience Programme for Schools

The Amy Winehouse Foundation works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. We also aim to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.

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