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Young people’s drug and alcohol service

Drugs and alcohol support

The Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service is a confidential service based within South Gloucestershire. It provides support for young people, such as someone to talk to, advice and information on reducing harm and on-going sessions to explore issues that feel difficult. If a young person is using drugs or alcohol there may be concerns around the impact it is having on school, work or college; relationships at home; decisions and behaviours that may be risky or later regretted; mental health and wellbeing or a loss of interest in activities and hobbies.

Ways to get in touch

To find out more about the help on offer and how our service can be accessed:

  • phone the access and response team on 01454 866000 between 9am and 5pm Monday – Friday (this team is the council’s first point of contact for families and offer advice around what services are available)
  • email

Once we have received information that a young person would like some help, one of our young people’s drug and alcohol specialists will make contact.

Due to Covid-19 all appointments and on-going support are currently via phone. Visit the NHS website for the latest Government information and advice.

At the first appointment, the worker will find out a bit more about what type of support the young person would like and identify some goals to work towards. Confidentiality and how we keep information securely will be explained, and there will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Once a young person starts working with our service, they will speak regularly with their worker. This can continue until the young person feels that they have met their goals or that they no longer need support.

Many young people may either not be working with professionals or are not currently in school, meaning that there are fewer adults to use the usual signposting methods. Therefore, the email address – is available for young people and their parents/carers/professionals to use for questions, support or advice in relation to substance misuse worries at this difficult time. Referrals to YPDAS will still need to come through the Access and Response team (ART) in the usual way but queries can be responded to if someone gets in contact via the above email address.

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