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Guide to addiction and dependency support

Get information on where and how you can find support for addiction and dependency. This guide includes support options for addictions to drugs, alcohol, sex, tobacco and gambling.

This page lists organisations offering services and support for:

Support resources for addiction and dependency

Addiction is often linked to mental health problems. Your addiction may have started as a way to cope with feelings that you felt unable to deal with in other ways.

Some of the following organisations may be able to help you understand and manage your addiction.

You may be going through further experiences related to addiction and dependency. Our information on trauma, bereavement and support for abuse might be helpful.

For general information about addiction

Beating Addictions

beatingaddictions.co.uk
Information about a range of addictive behaviours and treatments.

DrugWise

drugwise.org.uk
Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

NHS Live Well

nhs.uk/livewell
Advice, tips and tools to help with health and wellbeing.

For people experiencing addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

0800 9177 650
[email protected] (email helpline)
alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Help and support for anyone with alcohol problems.

Alcohol Change UK

alcoholchange.org.uk
Information and support options for people worried about how much alcohol they are drinking, in both English and Welsh.

Club Drug Clinic

020 3317 3000
clubdrugclinic.cnwl.nhs.uk
Information and support for people worried about their use of recreational drugs. The clinic offers help in the London boroughs of Kensington & Chelsea, Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster.

Cocaine Anonymous UK

0800 612 0225
[email protected]
cauk.org.uk
Help and support for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine.

DAN 24/7

0808 808 2234
81066 (text DAN)
dan247.org.uk
A bilingual English and Welsh helpline for anyone in Wales in need of further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol. Also known as the Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline.

FRANK

0300 123 6600
talktofrank.com
Confidential advice and information about drugs, their effects and the law.

Gamblers Anonymous

gamblersanonymous.org.uk
Support groups for people who want to stop gambling.

Gamcare

0808 8020 133
gamcare.org.uk
Information and support for people who want to stop gambling, including a helpline and online forum.

The Gordon Moody Association

gordonmoody.org.uk
Provides online and residential support and treatment for people severely addicted to gambling. Residential centres are located in the West Midlands and Kent.

Marijuana Anonymous

0300 124 0373
[email protected]
marijuana-anonymous.co.uk
Help for anyone worried about cannabis use.

Narcotics Anonymous

0300 999 1212
ukna.org
Support for anyone who wants to stop using drugs.

National Problem Gambling Clinic

cnwl.nhs.uk/cnwl-national-problem-gambling-clinic
Treats people with gambling problems living in England and Wales aged 16 and over.

NHS Better Health – Quit smoking

nhs.uk/better-health/quit-smoking
NHS information and advice to help stop smoking.

Release

020 7324 2989
[email protected] (email helpline)
release.org.uk
National charity that offers free and confidential advice about drugs and the law.

Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous

07984 977 884 (Infoline)
slaauk.org
Support groups for people with sex and love addictions.

Turning Point

turning-point.co.uk
Health and social care services in England for people with a learning disability. Also supports people with mental health problems, drug and alcohol abuse or unemployment.

We Are With You

wearewithyou.org.uk
Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.

For friends and family

Adfam

adfam.org.uk
Information and support for friends and family of people with drug or alcohol problems.

Al-Anon

al-anonuk.org.uk
Support meetings for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.

Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD)

beadproject.org.uk
Information and support for anyone bereaved through drug or alcohol use.

Families Anonymous

0207 4984 680
famanon.org.uk
Support for friends and family of people with drug problems.

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

0800 358 3456
[email protected]
nacoa.org.uk
Provides information, advice and support for anyone affected by a parent's drinking, including adults.

This information was published in February 2021. We will revise it in 2024.

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