Drug and alcohol misuse
Drug and alcohol misuse can have a significant impact on individuals, families, friends and the communities we live in. Providing high quality specialist services that are easily accessed by the people who really need it 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 at www.nhs.uk/live-well/.
- Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week
- 14 units is the equivalent to 6 pints of 4% beer, 6 medium glasses of 13% wine, or 14 single 25ml serves of spirits
- If you do drink 14 units then it should be spread across 3 or more days
- If you are pregnant you shouldn't drink any alcohol
- You should limit the amount of alcohol you drink in any one session
- For more information see the UK Chief Officer Medical Guidance
What support is available in Wiltshire?
There are specialist services available for anyone who would like information, advice or support with their use of alcohol and/ or drugs. There is also support available for those who are affected by others alcohol and/ or drug use.
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:
Motiv8 is a service for young people, aged 17 and under, who need help with substance misuse. Motiv8 can support by:
- Providing confidential one-to-one support sessions
- Meeting you at a convenient place of your choice
- Giving advice and information on drugs and alcohol and other helpful organisations
- Providing services for pregnant young women who are using drugs and/or alcohol
- Helping you get access to medical support
- Advising you on how to live healthier
- Helping young people understand the risks of taking drugs and alcohol
- Acting on your behalf when talking to school/college/family
- Helping your family understand how they can help you
- Helping you access other support services
Motiv8 contact details
- Visit Motive8 Wiltshire
- Tel: 0800 169 6136
- Email: email@example.com
- Follow: @dhimotiv8 on Instagram
If you believe that a child is at risk from a parent or carer who appears to be incapacitated by substance misuse/mental instability and you cannot safeguard them in any other way you must contact the police by dialling 999 immediately.
More information about drugs and alcohol
- Visit: The Wrap for straight-talking information and advice on drugs and alcohol, designed to keep you safe
- www.childline.org.uk - 0800 1111 - can help if you want to talk to someone about what is worrying you at any time of the night and day.
- You can talk to your school nurse or a trusted teacher who will help you find out what would best help
- You can go to your doctor
- You could look at the NHS Choices website which offers useful information for teen boys and girls aged 15 - 18
IMPACT Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service is a free drug and alcohol service run by Turning Point. IMPACT has a team of specialist workers who are skilled in supporting people to decide the changes they want to make, whether you need intensive support or just some brief advice, they can support you. IMPACT offers individual recovery plans from a range of options & services, no matter what your situation is, they can support change.
- Visit: IMPACT Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service
- Tel: 0345 603 6993
- Email: IMPACTreferrals@turning-point.co.uk.
- Self-referrals can be made by visiting the Wellbeing Cloud.
If a loved one or family member is using drugs and/ or alcohol, it can cause huge worry. Both Motiv8 and IMPACT offer information, advice and support for family who may be impacted by others drug and/ or alcohol you.
You can also access further information and support through Families out loud.
There is also a real risk of someone's drinking causing serious conflict, with alcohol being a factor in many cases of domestic abuse. If you are affected in any way by domestic abuse, please seek help. If you are in immediate danger, call 999.You can find information about domestic abuse support available in Wiltshire below:
- Call: 01225 775 276 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm)
- Call: Wiltshire out of hours helpline: 01225 712880 (5pm - 8am Monday - Friday and 24 hours at the weekend)
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Visit FearLess
There is additional information about domestic abuse on our website at Domestic abuse awareness and information.
You can contact one of the many help sites available nationally such as:
Adfam - 0207 553 7640 or email@example.com - information to help you cope with your loved one's drug or alcohol use as well as links to other sources of support and advice
Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) - 0800 358 3456 - providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking
Nelson Trust offers a service for women who have experienced trauma or abuse which is closely associated with substance dependency: women can now undertake a residential programme in safe, supportive and trauma informed setting with an all-female staff team.
Julian House provide a supported accommodation recovery service for individuals who are recovering from substance misuse. Skilled recovery workers lead dry houses and support clients through abstinence. Some of the support on offer to clients includes, mental health, clinical reviews, independent living skills, bills and budgeting, meaningful activities and volunteering. The end goal is to eventually help clients integrate back into society feeling confident, free from drugs and alcohol and in control of their own future. There is no set time on recovery, the service is client led, compassionate and understanding. Contact the service directly by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dear Albert helps individuals to stop taking alcohol and drugs. If you would like help and information on how to address any form of addictive behaviour or substance misuse, or are looking for answers on behalf of a family member or friend / associate, visit the Dear Albert website.
Alcohol Change - an alcohol charity working to reduce the harm caused by alcohol.
Talk to Frank- confidential drug advice
Substance misuse can have a significant impact upon your mental health. Further information about mental health support can be found at Mental health and wellbeing.
Wiltshire SHOUT Service
If you live in Wiltshire and need somebody to talk to about your mental health or you are struggling to cope you can text WILTS to 85258 for free and confidential text message support that won't appear on your bill.
Trained volunteers are here to listen and can help with anxiety and stress, depression or sadness, suicidal thoughts, self-harm, panic attacks, loneliness or isolation, abuse and bullying. The volunteers can provide you with tools to help you going forward and can point you in the right direction of other local support that can be accessed.
If your life is at imminent risk, please call 999 for immediate help.
Rethink Your Drink
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