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Substance misuse

If you or a family member are affected by the misuse of drugs and alcohol, there are services in Westminster that provide advice, assessment, referral to treatments, and support.

1. Talk to your GP

The NHS provides advice on alcohol misuse and drug misuse.

You can also talk to your GP who will:

  • discuss your concerns
  • assess the nature of your problems
  • help you choose the most appropriate treatment
  • refer you to another service if they are better placed to help you


2. Support in your area

There are many organisations offering support to people in Westminster.

Wellbeing Cloud offers advice and support for substance misuse.

Change, grow, live offers advice and support to anyone aged 18 or older with issues around alcohol misuse.

The Club Drug Clinic is an innovative service for adult clubbers and LGBT people who have developed problems with a range of club drugs.

The Invisible Elephant provides a wealth of information and advice, with details of local support groups and services.

Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental support, 24 hours a day - phone 08457 90 90 90.

Addiction Helper provides free, confidential advice through their helpline on 0800 138 7199.

Cassiobury Court provides free help, advice and treatment to anyone who is dealing with an addiction to drugs or alcohol. 

3. General information on drugs and alcohol

NHS Choices has guidance on drug and alcohol addition. You can use the service search to find your nearest NHS drug addiction support services.

Visit the People First for detailed information on drugs and alcohol and other relevant services within Westminster and surrounding areas.

Alcohol use

Alcoholics Anonymous allows people who have problems with alcohol use to support each other. Call their helpline on 0800 917 7650 to find your local support group.

Drinkaware offers tips on reducing alcohol consumption and drinking sensibly.

Alcohol Concern is an independent charity committed to reducing harm from alcohol-related problems.

London Friend provides support for substance and alcohol misuse, specifically tailored to LGBT people.

Easy Health has various easy-read leaflets to help people with learning disabilities to understand more about the effects of alcohol.

Al-Anon provides support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else's drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not.

Drug use

Narcotics Anonymous is for recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Cocaine Anonymous is for people to share their experiences to help others recover from their addiction.

Last updated 10 September 2019
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