Drugs can affect the person taking them, their family, friends and their community. It can be very worrying to think that someone you care about is taking drugs. We know how hard it is, but there is help available.
Living with someone who is affected by drug and/or alcohol issues can create a lot of stress, tension and a feeling of isolation. The Friends & Families Network run drop-in sessions for people who have been affected by a relative or friend’s drinking or drug issues at a number of locations across West Sussex. Volunteer advisers can provide you with free information and support in safe and friendly surroundings. They are all trained, non-judgemental, and can speak to you in confidence. You can speak to someone in person about the problems you face. Contact Carers Support West Sussex on 0300 028 8888 for more information.
If you are a parent and you are concerned your child may be taking drugs, there is help and support available. We understand it is not an easy conversation to have with your child, but being prepared to discuss drugs makes it easier. It's never too early or too late to talk about drugs with your child. NHS Choices has some helpful tips.
Services for young people aged 10 to 19 with serious drug or alcohol problems are available. Find out more about the West Sussex Young Persons Substance Misuse Service and what it offers by calling 0300 303 8677 or sending an email.