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Young people and drugs helplines

Use our helplines to find more information and advice on young people and drugs

NHS Choices

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Drug addiction support

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.


Helpline: 0800 1111



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.

The Mix

Helpline: 0808 808 4994


What 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


Helpline: 0300 123 6600


How do I know if I've got a problem?

Offers free confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day.

Action on Addiction

Helpline: 0300 330 0659


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



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


Helpline: 01785 810762

Text: 07496 959930


Re-Solv works to reduce the harms caused by volatile substance abuse (VSA) and the misuse of other legal substances across the UK.


Helpline: 0300 888 3853


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 National


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.


Helpline: 020 7324 2989


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 Foundation


Resilience 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.



Realiteen stands for - reality of teenage lives. Realiteen have produced an educational DVD for parents of teenagers in particular. We named the DVD -THINK ABOUT IT.... as that is exactly our aim - to make people think about and bring awareness to these taboo and sometimes ignored subjects and to give parents confidence to approach their children regarding these issues. As a parent we sometimes tend to ignore certain issues in the hope that schools will educate our children enough to make the right choices in life. This is clearly not the right thing to do, as there are still so many problems in our country with these four issues in particular. Parents opinions are conscious and subconsciously important to children as they grow up, so therefore it is best that parents share their opinions with their children; especially on these topics instead of never mentioning them and hoping for the best.

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