Substance Misuse

Substance Misuse

The Community Safety Partnership recognises that a high percentage of Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour incidents are impacted by drink or drugs.

The Partnership tackles drug and alcohol related offending through a number of ways, including identifying hotspot locations through the monthly Partnership Action Group (PAG) meeting and tasking accordingly.

Alcohol

Usually several different factors contribue to someone becoming alcohol dependent including stressful events such as bereavement or losing a job.

People who are alcohol dependent have higher rates of other psychiatric disorders than people in the general population – particularly depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychosis and drug misuse.

Recent figures show that on estimate 9% of men and 3% of women in the UK show signs of alcohol dependence.

In England in 2014, 194,706 prescriptions for drugs to treat alcohol dependency were prescribed.

For help to find out if you should make any changes in your drinking you should contact your GP.  They can also offer help and advice.

If you are concerned about someone else’s drinking, or your own, Drinkline runs a free confidential helpline.  Call 0300 123 1110.

Drugs

Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and long term, and could possibly lead to addiction.

If you have a problem with drugs, there’s a wide range of addiction services that can help.  Some of these services are provided by the NHS, and some are specialist drug facilities run by charities and private organisations.

You can use the service search to find your nearest NHS drug addiction support services.

Locally in Gosport a project called About Turn runs every Tuesday from 09:00 – 14:30 at Solent Evangelical Church, Forton Road.  It is run by Hampshire Probation Services in partnership with the Society of St James and supported by Police.  The project offers open access drop in sessions for people with alcohol and drug problems and/or involved with the Criminal Justice System.

For further information around alcohol and drug misuse and support please visit the following websites:

Alcoholics Anonymous – www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Drink Aware – www.drinkaware.co.uk/

DrugFAM – www.drugfam.co.uk/

Talk to Frank – www.talktofrank.com/