Drug and alcohol

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4. Substance misuse

You may want to cut down on your drug use but are unsure how to go start. Below are some suggestions, but no one way works for everyone and getting professional advice from Together drug and alcohol service may help you plan how to reduce your drug use.

  • talking to someone you trust may be helpful. This person may be a friend, family member, recovery coach, peer mentor or a key-worker.
  • if possible, get support from your family and friends. They may be more supportive of you if they know that you are trying to reduce your drug use
  • self-help groups are made up of people who are affected by a particular drug problem. Instead of a group being run by a professional it is run by the members of the group. At Together Drug and Alcohol Service there are a range of peer support groups.
  • medical treatment - reducing your drug intake may be done with the assistance of other drugs. The function of these drugs depends on what they are replacing.
  • have things you can do to distract yourself when you feel like taking the drug, such as hanging out with friends who are not taking the drug, going for a run or walk, or listening to music.
  • make it difficult to access drugs. For example, if you are trying to stop smoking, throw out all your cigarettes, lighters and ashtrays so they are not tempting you.

Together drug and alcohol service also offer safe needle exchange.