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Recreational drugs and alcohol

Explains the mental health effects of recreational drugs, what might happen if you use recreational drugs and also have a mental health problem, and suggestions for where to find support.

Mind's services

  • Mind's helplines provide information and support by phone and email.
  • Local Minds offer face-to-face services across England and Wales. These services include talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side is our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

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

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

0800 9177 650
[email protected] (email helpline)
Help and support for anyone with alcohol problems.

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP)
Information about cognitive behavioural therapy and related treatments, including details of accredited therapists.

Club Drug Clinic

020 3317 3000
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]
Help and support for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine.

Information about drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

Information about psychoactive substances, including prescribed drugs.

Families Anonymous

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


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

Lists government services and information.

Marijuana Anonymous

0300 124 0373
[email protected]
Help for anyone worried about cannabis use.

Narcotics Anonymous

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

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
Produces guidelines on best practice in healthcare.

Information about health problems and treatments, including details of local NHS services in England.

Progress – National Consortium of Consultant Nurses in Dual Diagnosis and Substance Use
Website for nurses, which includes information for people with dual diagnosis.

Turning Point
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
Supports people with drug, alcohol or mental health problems, and their friends and family.

This information was published in November 2016.

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