Information for
Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information for
Adults

Moderation and addiction can both be unclear, especially in light of the new government safe drinking guidelines. This page offers information on substance misuse as well as advice on safe drinking and the law around drugs to those who are concerned about someone else, or their own use.

Information for
Adults & Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information on
How to get
in touch

Whether you are concerned about the relationship that you or someone you know has with drugs or alcohol, you can get help within Bracknell. The DAAT and SMART team are available to offer fast, non-judgemental and friendly guidance to those looking for support. This page also offers information on how to get in touch and how the drug and alcohol team work in Bracknell.

Addiction and Alcoholism

Addiction

People can become addicted to an array of things, from drugs and alcohol to gambling and the internet. Often, the substance or activity begins as physically and/or mentally pleasurable but creates a constant urge to repeat the process. As the body gets used to what it is that it is addicted to, the individual requires more and more to satisfy a craving and eventually, will experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to function without the substance or activity.

Drugs and alcohol are particularly addictive as they chemically alter the way that a person feels. Withdrawals from these substances are therefore notably challenging, especially when an individual is biologically dependant on what it is that they are addicted to.

Addiction is a challenging thing to deal with, for both the person suffering from it and their loved ones. If you or a loved one have a problem with addiction, we can help you.

 

Alcoholism

Alcoholism can affect anybody, regardless of their age, gender, race or social class. Most commonly, people who actively tackle their alcoholism do so with one of two goals in mind: abstinence, or moderate drinking. Most people who seek help are given a recovery programme, with clear steps towards their final goal.

Although alcohol is legal to buy in the UK and is sold in packaging which breaks down its contents, it is still a deadly and powerful drug; especially when consumed in combination with other substances. Alcohol is mentioned in combination with one in three drug related deaths, and is consistently the most commonly mentioned substance in drug misuse deaths after opiates. 

While heavy drinking sessions are often not advised, it is safer to prepare for them. Advice on this can be found here.