Drugs and Alcohol
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Using drugs and alcohol can cause some people problems. If you ever feel that drugs or alcohol are causing you issues you should seek help straight away.
Some of the warning signs that might tell us that our use of drugs and alcohol may be causing us problems include:
Recognising that your level of use has gone up
Feeling like you have to use a drug or drink alcohol
Feeling like you need a drug or alcohol to cope or feel normal
Starting to think about taking them all the time
Other people mentioning your use of them
Struggling to complete things you need to do, like attending work or looking after your home
And sometimes you may just feel that something is not right and it is causing you harm.
What’s important is that if you recognise you need help or just want to talk to someone you do this.
If you’re worried at all about your drug or alcohol use, it can help to talk to someone you trust about it.
That could be a professional who supports you, a friend or a family member. If you’d rather not talk face-to-face or that isn’t possible, there are helplines that can give advice if you are worried about your drug and alcohol use.
You can also find lots of reliable information online about drug use and places to find support.
One of the main sources of online information related to drugs and is the FRANK website. This has information on all types of drugs and links to help, which is available local to you.
You can also visit should your GP if you are worried about the impact your drug and alcohol use is having on your life.
Speaking to your GP might feel difficult, but they will have spoken to many other people going through something similar, they won’t judge - they just want to help.
If you really don’t want to tell anyone what you’re using and how often, you could focus on letting them know the effect your drug or alcohol use is having on your life and the problems it is causing you.
You might find it helpful to write your thoughts down before you go to your GP to help you feel more confident.
Where can you get help
In Essex, there are several organisations who can help you. Find out who can help you where you live.
There are also some national organisations that can help you.
LET'S RECAP ON WHAT WE HAVE COVERED
IF YOU THINK YOU ARE STRUGGLING WITH DRUGS AND/OR ALCOHOL SEEK HELP – If you recognise that your use is becoming a problem it is really important that you ask for help.
THERE IS HELP – Help is available that can support you if you are struggling with drug and/or alcohol use.