Drugs Awareness Week: Information and Support

CW: drug abuse, alcohol abuse/alcoholism, some links may contain mentions of overdose.

While yesterday marked the end of Drugs Awareness Week here at Hysteria, it is a constant battle for education and available resources for those struggling with drug and alcohol addiction.

We want to thank all of the anonymous writers who contributed their drugs stories, and we hope they found the process cathartic, enlightening, helpful, and everything in between. We don’t want to promote or criminalise drug-taking, but instead spread awareness and honest accounts that can hopefully help people take drugs safely and sensibly.

For honest information about drugs, we highly recommend Talk to Frank, which provides news, help, and advice about drugs, such as how to stay safe while drinking and how to know what you’re taking. You can also search for support near you.

We’ve collated a series of helplines and websites for you, or for anyone you may know who may be struggling with drugs or alcohol.

General Drug Advice, Information & Support

Action Addiction

Amy Winehouse Foundation

  • Works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people.

Change Grow Live

  • Offers a range of services to educate adults and young people to understand the risks their drug-use poses to their health and wellbeing, and support them to reduce or stop their use safely.

Club Drug Clinic

  • Information and support for people worried about their use of recreational drugs.

DAN

  • National Drug and Alcohol Helpline for people in Wales.

Detox-Plus UK

  • Drug and alcohol rehab based in London providing online support and treatments.

Drug-wise

  • Promoting evidence-based information on drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Erowid

  • Information about psychoactive substances, including prescribed drugs.

Know the Score

  • Information line for the public in Scotland providing facts about drugs and their effects.

The Mix

  • Essential support for under 25s.

Narcotics Anonymous

NHS

Luke and Marcus Trust

  • Three mums raising awareness and campaigning nationally on drugs related issues.

Release

  • 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.

SMART Recovery

  • Helping individuals recover from any addictive behaviour.

Turning Point

  • Health and social care services in England for people with a learning disability. Also supports people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse or unemployment.

We Are With You

  • Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.

Young Minds

Support for Alcohol Addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcohol Change

Drink Aware

No More Pretending

  • Support and advice specifically for Punjabi families who struggle with alcohol use and are seeking help for themselves or a loved one.

Support for Marijuana Addiction

Marijuana Addiction

Recovery

UK Addiction Treatment Centres

Support for friends and family of those with drug & alcohol problems

ADFAM

Al-Anon

DrugFam

Families Anonymous

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics

The most important thing about drug and alcohol use is safety – of yourself and of others. For those of us at university, drinking and drugs are romanticised, and over-drinking is often thrown away as “a part of student life”. If you think you or anyone else is struggling with drugs or alcohol, please don’t hesitate to get more information and help at the websites above.

Education is empowering; judgement is not.

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