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Drug and alcohol misuse

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Drug and alcohol misuse can have a significant impact on individuals, families, friends and the communities we llive in. Providing high quality specialist services that are easy accessed by the people who really need is vital in reducing the health and social impacts of drug and alcohol misuse.

General information about the health effects of drugs and alcohol can be found on the NHS Choices website, where you can also find out how much alcohol is too much.

Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service

What’s available in Wiltshire?

There are specialist services available for anyone who is experiencing problems with their use of alcohol and or drugs and those who are affected by it.

These services are based in the community and are free and confidential. The services are designed to help people get back on their feet by addressing their issues and helping them to make lasting, positive life changes. There is no time limit on the support and treatment on offer and the service’s aims are to be a stepping stone to a healthier life with more opportunities.

To find out more about the services available and how you, or someone you know, can be helped, contact Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service on 0345 603 6993.

Wiltshire Addiction Support Project (WASP)

WASP is an organisation staffed by service users and carers who have moved on after a life which involved alcohol, drugs or a combination of both.

Their remit is to challenge ineffective treatment, provide support and signposting for service users encouraging them into a long term, stable and continuing recovery.

They provide a range of services and open access drop ins.

To find out more contact WASP on 01225 775558. You can also phone their addiction support line on 07860 506702 for information, advice and moral support.

Support for families - Families Plus

Families Plus is devoted to family members and others who want help in understanding, coming to terms with and managing the effects of living with the substance misuse of someone else.

Families Plus is part of the charitable organisation, Action on Addiction and the services are provided by qualified and experienced staff.

To find out more contact Families Plus on 01747 832015 or visit the Action on Addiction website.

Useful websites and organisations

Abbeycare Foundation - an online toolkit to use when you feel tempted to drink - and it lays out the negative consequences of drinking as a means of discouragement. By entering your intake levels, the tool feeds back different negative consequences to think about - like financial cost, risk to liver, likelihood of vehicle accidents, etc. All the results are personalised to you and a printable download is available to help you if you feel triggered again in future.

Adfam - an organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. As well as providing support materials and training specifically for families and professionals, Adfam informs policy development and campaigns both locally and nationally for improved family support services.

Al-Anon and Alateen - Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon.

Alcohol Concern - Alcohol Concern is the leading national charity working on alcohol issues.

Alcoholics Anonymous - the AA is solely concerned with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to them for help.

Cocaine Anonymous - 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 their addiction.

Down Your Drink - a site is designed to help you work out whether you're drinking too much, and if so, what you can do about it.

Drinkaware - Drinkaware promotes responsible drinking and finds innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm. An independent, UK-wide charity, they are supported by voluntary donations from across the drinks industry. They provide people with accessible, evidence-based information about alcohol and its effects and work alongside the medical community, third sector organisations, government and drinks manufacturers and retailers to achieve goals.

Drinkline - 0800 917 8282 (7 days a week, 24 hours a day)

DrugScope - The leading UK charity supporting professionals working in drug and alcohol treatment, drug education and prevention and criminal justice. They are also the primary source of independent information on drugs and drug related issues.

Contact Details (LiveLink)

Multiple Contacts:
eMail: publichealth@wiltshire.gov.uk

0300 003 4566

Out of hours:
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Public Health
Wiltshire Council
County Hall
BA14 8JN

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Last updated: 9 November 2015



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