Help with alcohol and drugs
Find out everything you need to know about drugs and alcohol, their effects and the law by visting the FRANK website.
Drugs and your mental health
People use drugs for lots of different reasons. Whatever your reason, using drugs may have a long-term negative effect on you.
It may take longer for your mental health to get better if you use drugs. Drugs can make you more unwell and more likely to try and harm yourself or take your own life.
There is also some evidence that using some drugs may cause mental illness in the first place. For example, research has shown that cannabis can increase your chances of developing schizophrenia.
You can find more information from Rethink the mental health charity
If you are struggling with your mental health, visit our taking care of your mind page to find local support services.
Understand your drug use
Take an anonymous quick quiz to understand your drug use
When you’ve answered the questions, you’ll be given advice about drugs and what to do next.
If you are a young person aged 10 to 24 and would like to access support for alcohol use, you can find the details of the our Healthy Young People service
Tips for stopping or cutting down your drug use
If you would like to stop or cut down on your drug use, you can get advice by visiting the Change Grow Live website.
Support options for people with drug and / or alcohol needs in Southwark
Change Grow Live provide local drug and alcohol treatment services for adults in Southwark.
You can also speak to your GP as a starting point, they can discuss your needs and help you to get treatment.
If you’re finding it difficult to get help, you can also call the FRANK drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600, they will be able to talk through options available to you.
For people with severe and complex drug and / or alcohol needs, residential rehabilitation, structured day programmes and residential detoxification services are available. Please contact our local drug treatment provider Change Grow Live for more information.
Some people find support groups helpful; these can include:
- Narcotics Anonymous
- online meetings
- call the helpline 0300 999 1212, open 10am to midnight
Page last updated: 09 August 2022