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.

Harm reduction

Local alerts

Recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a gradual process and abstinence is not always possible. The safer use of drugs and drinking can play a vital role in recovery.

 

Injecting drugs

Injecting drugs brings with it a high risk of overdose , infection and BBVs,  which in turn may host a collection of problems in itself. While smoking drugs is often less likely to lead to an overdose than injecting, it is not always possible.

Blunt or dirty needles, incorrectly sized needles and missed hits can massively threaten your health

  • Always use clean works
  • Switch between the veins you use to inject
  • Recognise the signs of overdose
  • Practice good personal hygiene

If it looks as though your body is producing new, smaller veins, it is important not to inject into these. They are likely to be blood vessels which are under pressure to carry about blood about and can lead to the blood flow becoming even more restricted.

 

Needle exchanging services are available anywhere that you see this sign   

A needle exchanging service is available at New Hope

Boots
13 Princess Square, Bracknell RG12 1LS
5 The Square, Harmans water, Bracknell RG12 9LP

Lloyds Pharmacy
6 Great Hollands Square, Bracknell, RG12 8UX
2 Dukes Ride, Crowthorne, RG45 6LT

Manichem
3 Bullbrook Row, Bracknell, RG12 1LS

If you are not local, your nearest needle exchange can be found at
http://www.talktofrank.com/support-near-you?id=278

If you find needles in public it is important not to touch them. Instead, contact customer services at Bracknell Forest Council and we will remove them for you.

Email: Customer.services@bracknell-forest.gov.uk 
Telephone: 01344 352 000

 

Blood Borne Viruses (BBV)

Drug users who inject drugs are particularly vulnerable to blood borne viruses, such as HIV and Hepatitis B and C.

To avoid contracting BBVs, it is important to practice good personal hygiene and use a clean needle when injecting drugs.

Tests, vaccinations and advice on BBVs are available at New Hope, alongside a recovery programme.

 

Safe Sex

Unsafe sex is a common cause of increased health risks. Free condoms are available to clients at New Hope

 

Drinking

While abstaining from heavy drinking sessions is often advisable, it is not always possible to the individual. If you know that you are going to drink, it is important to prepare for ANTICS

  • A  Avoid impulsiveness. Planning for a drinking session ahead of time reduces the likelihood of harm towards yourself and others.
  • N  Nutrition. Heavy drinking is a drain on the body’s vitamins, so make sure to eat well and stay hydrated around a drinking session
  • T  Trust the people who are around you if you are not drinking alone
  • I  Indoor drinking does have a stigma which surrounds it, but can in fact be much safer than drinking away from home, especially to those who are prone to blackouts or fights
  • C  Car keys should be out of your possession if you feel the impulse to drive while drunk. Igf you can, attempt to surrender these to somebody you trust before you have your first drink
  • S  Safe sex is always important and you should carry these about with you. You can get free condoms at New Hope

It is also advisable to avoid drinking in conjunction with other drugs. Drink is frequently a significant factor in drug related deaths, illnesses and accidents.