If you need treatment for drug addiction, you are entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem.
With the right help and support, it is possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.
Where to get help for drugs
Your GP is a good place to start. They can discuss your problems with you and get you into treatment. They may offer you treatment at the practice or refer you to your local drug service.
If you are not comfortable talking to your GP, you can approach your local drug treatment service yourself.
Visit the Frank website to find local drug treatment services.
If you're having trouble finding the right sort of help, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. They can talk you through all your options.
Charity and private drugs treatment
As well as the NHS, there are charities and private drug and alcohol treatment organisations that can help you.
The national organisation campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.
Drugsand.me is a social enterprise providing accessible and comprehensive drug education interventions to reduce drug-related harm. Parents’ page has a range of advice for parents and carers on how to tackle conversations with kids about drugs, useful links and a downloadable version of their toolkit.
DrugScience is an independent, science-led drugs charity, bringing together leading drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms to carry out ground-breaking original research into drug harms and effects.
Formerly DrugScope, DrugWise provides access to evidence-based drug, alcohol and tobacco information and resources, including an international knowledge hub.
National drug information service with fact files and FAQs.
Includes information on alcoholism, binge drinking and caring for someone with an alcohol problem.
Organisation providing free legal advice on drug issues, and a helpline - 0845 4500 215.
Support and guidance on parental drug and alcohol misuse.
A set of informal self-help groups made up of people with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives.
Are you affected by someone else's drug or alcohol addiction? Are you bereaved through drug or alcohol use? Contact their free helpline from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week on 0300 888 3853.
Provides help and support for anyone caring for a child.
Support for families and friends concerned about drug abuse or related behavioural problems.
Provide a ‘Family & Friends’ service. A trained volunteer will provide information and support via email and signpost you to local services.
Offer advice and relationship counselling for couples, and also provides advice for parents and other family members to help families deal with difficult times.
Work to improve support for families affected by substance use throughout Scotland
Grandparents and kinship carers:
The national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents, especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.
Advice for parents and other family members whose children are involved with, or require, social services.
A voluntary organisation providing information about care and support for older people, their carers and families.
Children and Young People:
Provides films and practical approaches to help parents, teachers, social care staff and others with early recognition of potential mental health conditions in children.
Promotes the just treatment of prisoners' families by the prison system and society across the UK.
The free and confidential national helpline for families of offenders, providing information and advice on all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Website with information and guidance for anyone that has lost a loved one through drugs or alcohol.
Private drug treatment can be very expensive, but sometimes people get referrals through their local NHS.