for better mental health

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

  • Helplines – our Infolines provide information and support by phone, email and text.
  • Local Minds – provide face-to-face services across England and Wales. These might be talking therapies, peer support and advocacy.
  • Side by Side – our supportive online community for anyone experiencing a mental health problem.

Other organisations

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

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

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

0800 9177 650
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 3315 6111
Help for people worried about their use of recreational drugs.

Cocaine Anonymous UK

0800 612 0225
Help and support for anyone who wants to stop using cocaine.

Drink Aware
Information about managing alcohol safely.

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
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
Provides health and social care services for people with drug, alcohol and mental health problems.

This information was published in November 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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