Why don’t you try? : Tell your GP about your addiction
Where to get help for drugs
A GP is a good place to start. They can discuss your problems with you and get you into treatment.
They may offer you treatment at the practice or refer you to your local drug service.
If you’re not comfortable talking to a GP, you can approach your local drug treatment service yourself.
If you’re having trouble finding the right sort of help, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. They can talk you through all your options.
Charity and private drugs treatment
As well as the NHS, there are charities and private drug and alcohol treatment organisations that can help you.
Private drug treatment can be very expensive, but sometimes people get referrals through their local NHS.
Your first appointment
At your first appointment for drug treatment, staff will ask you about your drug use. They’ll also ask about your work, family and housing situation.
You may be asked to provide a sample of urine or saliva.
Staff will talk you through all of your treatment options and agree a treatment plan with you.
They can tell you about local support groups for drug users and their families or carers.
You’ll also be given a keyworker, who will support you throughout your treatment.
What drug treatment involves
Your treatment will depend on your personal circumstances and what you’re addicted to. Your keyworker will work with you to plan the right treatment for you.
Your treatment plan may include a number of different treatments and strategies.
Talking therapies, such as CBT, help you to see how your thoughts and feelings affect your behaviour.
Treatment with medicines
If you’re dependent on heroin or another opioid, you may be offered a substitute drug, such as methadone.
This means you can get on with your treatment without having to worry about withdrawing or buying street drugs.
This is for people who want to stop taking opioids like heroin completely. It helps you to cope with the withdrawal symptoms.
Some people find support groups like Narcotics Anonymous helpful. Your keyworker can tell you where your nearest group is.
Here’s a tip for you to try this week :
Addiction can be hard to control and it is difficult asking for help, but people will want to. Make time to speak to your close friends/family or arrange an appointment with your GP or dedicated organisation., Talk to people involved in your relationships and explain as much as you feel you can.,
You can visit the Bridgit Shop at anytime to find our what products and services can support you.