If you need help with drug addictions:
Treatment options and drug addiction support

The longer someone's been using drugs, and the more they've been using, the more roots addiction is likely to have put down in that person's life.

You might find, for example, that you rely on drugs to relax, to have sex, to have fun, to be with friends, to make new friends, to give you confidence, to give you peace of mind, to forget about things that bother you or cause pain.

So giving up drug use for any length of time is likely to be a challenge. If it's become a part of your life, how are you going to manage without it?

There are different answers to this question for different people, and it's worth thinking this through carefully to give yourself the best chance of success. Would you be better off at home or in a specialist unit? Fortunately there are many different kinds of drug addiction services available, offering a range of drug addiction support facilities. There are also specialist programmes for eating disorders, alcohol problems and gambling addiction treatment.

There are treatment programmes specifically designed to help people who are sick and tired of their addiction running things and want to take charge of their own lives.

residential programmes provide a safe, drug free environment where you can focus on how you want your life to become and what steps you can take to make that possible. A typical programme might last from one to two months, giving you plenty of personal support along the way - both from other addicts finding their feet in recovery and from specialized clinical staff, such as addiction counsellors.

outpatient programmes will provide similar, specialist expertise but are easier to arrange around the demands of work and/or home.

support groups can be immensely helpful to some people - whatever the challenges you are facing, you will almost certainly find other people have had the same experience. Remember, stopping isn't the difficult bit, it's staying stopped. Other people may be able to give you that extra little bit of help you need. Narcotics Anonymous is one such group with meetings up and down the country and internationally, all of them at no cost.

GPs. It's really worth consulting your GP in the early stages of planning what to do about your drug use. He or she can give you essential information you should be aware of - whether you're intending to carry on using or to stop. You can request an assessment of the impact of drug use upon your current state of health, and get advice on detox choices.

For further information call 0800 081 0700