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.

Understanding Addiction

Anybody can become addicted to anything. As well as drugs and alcohol, people can become addicted to certain foods, gambling and even smart phones.

Addiction usually begins with somebody doing something that they enjoy, which makes them want more. When somebody keeps having more of something, their body gets used to it and needs more to feel satisfied. When somebody is addicted to something, they cannot function properly without it and will eventually experience “withdrawal symptoms”.

Drugs and alcohol are especially addictive as they chemically change the way that people feel. The withdrawal symptoms from drugs and alcohol are very challenging as a person’s body becomes dependant.

Addiction is tough, for the people who are addicted and the people who care about them. If you are worried about somebody else’s addiction, click here

 

Alcoholism

No matter what gender, age, race or social class, anybody can become an alcoholic.

As a lot of social activities involve alcohol, recovery can be and often is a very difficult process. Because of the way that the body becomes addicted to alcohol, it can sometimes be dangerous for an alcoholic to stop drinking suddenly.

Because alcohol can be consumed safely and bought legally by adults aged 18 or over, people can underestimate how dangerous it can be, but alcoholism is far more common than drug addiction, and because of this, breaks up more families and takes more lives.

If you are worried about a family member’s drinking, click here

If you are local to Bracknell, under the age of 18 and worried about your own drinking, there is a substance misuse officer who works within the council. For more information contact New Hope

Talk to FRANK also have a helpline: www.talktofrank.com

 

Drug Addiction

Drug addiction can rob you of your friends, money, health, confidence and happiness.

Because there are so many reasons as to why you can become addicted to drugs, and because addiction can change your behaviour, it can be easy to feel as though nobody will understand you and can also make you feel lonely.

Often the most important step in getting help is speaking about the issue. There are thousands of people trained to help you, who understand drug addiction properly and can provide you with non-judgemental, confidential advice.

Many people who experiment with drugs do so without becoming addicted. However, if you are aware that you or a loved one has a drug addiction, there are people that can help you.

Recovery from addiction can be a long process and abstinence is not always possible. For information on how to reduce harm while taking drugs, click here