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Learn about Alcohol/substance issues

Resources & Guidance

Do I have a problem?
Do I have a problem?

Many people who have a problem with alcohol and drugs will try to cover it up. Problems are not always visible, but there are signs, and different ways of approaching recovery.

Alcohol and drug misuse
Alcohol and drug misuse

Most people use alcohol and other drugs for their benefits (perceived or experienced), not for the potential harm they may cause. This applies to both legal and illegal substances, including drugs that are prescribed. No one takes a drug to feel worse. It’s important to remember that the vast majority of people who drink alcohol and/or use legal or illegal drugs do not become dependent on any of these substances.

The effects of alcohol and drugs
The effects of alcohol and drugs

Whatever your reason, using drugs or alcohol may have a long-term negative effect on you. It may take longer for your mental health to get better if you use drugs or alcohol. Drugs can make you more unwell and more likely to try to harm yourself or take your own life.

Substance use following trauma
Substance use following trauma

Some people increase their use of alcohol or substances following a trauma. This is often an attempt to block out painful memories, thoughts or feelings related to the trauma

Coping with Changes
Coping with Changes

We all experience changes in our lives. Learn about how change can affect our wellbeing.

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If you, or someone you know, is in crisis and in imminent danger of causing harm to themselves or others, call 999 immediately

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