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.

Concern over someone else

The nature of addiction is incredibly destructive and damages the wellbeing of the loved ones of those affected. If you are over 18, affected by a friend or family member’s addiction and and are looking for support, we are here to help you.

One of the best ways to begin the way to recovery is opening up about the problem and finding support. There are a large number of local mutual aid groups, as well as help available at New Hope to over 18s.

Find out more about about alcohol and drug addiction.
Adfam are an organisation who provide support to the families affected by drug use: www.adfam.org.uk

 

Spotting the signs

The effects of addiction on a loved one can be both worrying and confusing. Addiction is an incredibly consuming issue and frequently takes its toll on the individual’s wellbeing to the extent that others can notice the change. Signs to look out for include but are not limited to:

  • Sudden spike in unexplained absence
  • Behavioural changes
  • Withdrawing from work or activities which used to be enjoyed
  • Irregular sleep
  • Frequently asking for money
  • Deterioration in appearance and personal hygiene
  • Withdrawal symptoms, which include but extend beyond: nausea, shaking, depression, anxiety, sweating, irritability, lack of appetite, headaches
  • Secrecy: deliberately mysterious on whereabouts when drinking or taking drugs, concealing the amount ingested, unexplained accidents

It is important to note that these signs are not solely those of drug and alcohol abuse, and can be symptomatic of other mental and physical illnesses.

Drugs can often be an area that loved ones of individuals are unfamiliar with. 

Find out more information on psychoactive substances 

 

If you are concerned about a child or someone you care for

Having a child or caring for somebody with a drink or drug problem is extremely distressing. There are a number of organisations in the UK which provide support to the parents and carers of people fighting addiction. A few helpful websites include:

http://www.mentoruk.org.uk/for-parents-and-carers/
http://www.adfam.org.uk/
http://www.smartcjs.org.uk/tools-information/family/
http://www.nacoa.org.uk/media/files/Information%20for%20Parents.pdf
http://www.talktofrank.com/sites/default/files/Does%20your%20child%20know%20more%20than%20you%20-%20MARCH%202014%20v2.pdf

While New Hope can only help those aged 18 and over, we do have a family and friends support group

Bracknell Forest Council’s Youth Offending Service have a substance misuse worker on the team. Contact details can be found on the website www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/youthoffending

Although abstinence is often the final goal, recovery can be a long process. Find out more information on harm reduction.

 

If you are concerned about a spouse or partner

As addiction often leads to unpredictable behaviour as well as health and financial difficulties, it often inevitably puts a great deal of pressure onto a couple’s relationship. The partner of somebody struggling with addiction is likely to feel isolated, but there are many organisations dedicated to supporting people in relationships where drug and alcohol issues are present.

A friends and family support group runs every Tuesday at New Hope and is open to anybody over the age of 18.

Although abstinence is often the final goal, recovery can be a long process. Find out more about harm reduction.