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Young people’s drug and alcohol service

We understand why young people use drugs and alcohol

Everyone has their reasons. You may not even really know why or how your drug or alcohol use has increased. Either way, we’re here to help you if you feel that you need to make some changes; you may have concerns about your health, it may be affecting your relationships, costing too much or you may feel you are missing out on doing other things.

If you are using substances have a think about the following:

  • do you or other people ever worry about your drinking or drug use?
  • is it affecting how you get on at school, college or work?
  • is it causing problems at home or with relationships?
  • do you feel that your general mood or character has changed?
  • do you find it difficult if you don’t have alcohol or drugs for a while?
  • have you lost interest in things/activities that you used to enjoy?
  • are you taking risks that you or others around you are concerned about e.g. unsafe or making decisions you later regret?

Get in touch

We are a confidential service based within South Gloucestershire for young people that can offer the support that best fits your needs; someone to talk to, advice and information on reducing harm and on-going sessions to explore the things you’re struggling with. As a service we’re not interested in telling you what to do we just want to help you to keep safe and get back on track.

If you would like to talk to someone and find out more about how we can help then you can:

  • contact us via the number on the right hand side of this page and ask to be put in touch with a young people’s drug and alcohol specialist (weekdays 9am-5pm)
  • email us at: ypservice@southglos.gov.uk
  • ask an adult such as a parent, teacher, learning mentor, youth worker, school health nurse or doctor to contact us for you

Effects and risks of substances

If you would like to know more about the effects and risks of substances then have a look at the FRANK website; if you are using drugs you’ll need to know about how they are affecting your mind and body and the risks involved.

Alternatively if you would like to find out more about new psychoactive substances (including legal highs and those that used to be) go to the South Gloucestershire SPACED website.

More information

If you, your parents or other adults supporting you would like to know more about the ways in which the Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service can help then please have a look at the leaflets available to download on this page.

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