Drug addiction: getting help

If you have a problem with drugs, there's a wide range of addiction services that can help.

Some of these services are provided by the NHS, and some are specialist drug facilities run by charities and private organisations.

You can use the service search to find your nearest NHS drug addiction support services.

This guide to getting treatment for a drug problem will steer you through the options, so you can find help that works for you.

If you have a problem with drugs, you have the same entitlement to care as anyone coming to the NHS for help with any other health problem.

With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.

Where to get help for drugs

A good place to start is to visit your GP. Your GP can discuss your concerns with you, assess the nature of your problems, and help you choose the most appropriate treatment. They might offer to treat you or refer you to your local specialist drug service.

Many drug treatment services accept self-referrals, so if you're not comfortable talking to your GP, you might be able to approach your local drug treatment service directly.

You can find information about local drug treatment services on the Frank website.

If you're having trouble finding the right sort of help, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. An adviser can talk to you about the different options.

Your drugs keyworker

If you are seen at your local drug treatment service, you will first be assessed. If you are deemed appropriate for treatment, you will then be allocated a keyworker. Your keyworker may be a doctor, nurse or drugs worker.

Your keyworker will help you organise the treatment you need and develop a personalised care plan with you, and will be your first point of call throughout your treatment. You'll see your keyworker for regular one-to-one sessions during your treatment.

Charity and private drugs treatment

Outside the NHS, there are many voluntary sector and private drug and alcohol treatment organisations that can help you.

As well as providing residential rehab centres, voluntary organisations also offer various community services.

These include structured day programmes, outreach and harm reduction services, counselling services, aftercare, and housing support services.

These organisations will usually be linked to NHS services in your area. 

Further information on drugs treatment

For more specific information about treatments, read:

Page last reviewed: 08/10/2014

Next review due: 08/10/2017


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