Alcohol and drugs are often used socially for fun, relaxation and enjoyment. However they can both be misused and this can lead to difficulties with day to day life. For clear information about the effects and legal aspects of alcohol and drugs go to Talk to Frank website.
If you think you have a problem with alcohol or drugs there are websites and local services you could contact.
If you are drinking or using illegal drugs at a high level it is important not to stop them suddenly. If you stop drinking or taking the drugs too quickly, it is possible you will notice some symptoms of withdrawal. To make successful changes you need to cut down the amount taken in a slow step-by-step manner. If you find that you are struggling to reduce your use of alcohol or drugs and your drug or alcohol use is getting worse it is important to talk to somebody about it.
Alcoholics Anonymous provides, advice and support to help people recover from alcoholism. There is a confidential helpline which is open 24 hours a day on 0800 9177 650.
Young Addaction aim to help transform the lives of people affected by alcohol and drug problems. They provide information and advice to help individuals and communities manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.
For local support in Preston you can contact Discover (Preston Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service) on 01772 366123. Discover is based at St Wilfred’s building on Fox Street in Preston.