Alcohol and Substance Misuse
Recognising the Problem and Getting Help
‘Problem’ drinking, and drug-taking can impact all areas of life, causing physical and mental health problems, work and relationship issues and even crime. Many of the effects of such substance abuse are less obvious, so it can be difficult for family and friends to recognize that someone they love may have a problem.
Some people with problems experience a state of denial in which they too are unaware of the effects that substance use is causing in their life. It is at this point that loved ones need to recognise the symptoms and help them get them the support they need.
This page has links to organisations offering this support, as well as advice and information for parents, families and friends.
Al-Anon For Families and Friends of Alcoholics
Talk to Frank – Advice for Parents and Carers of Children and Young People
Extra support to help Reduce Alcohol Intake
We would like you to be aware that the Chichester Wellbeing Service continues to support our local community in various ways with options that suit the diverse needs of each patient. The wellbeing service offers advice and support for people on how to make small changes to improve health and wellbeing including weight management, emotional wellbeing, alcohol reduction and pre-diabetes.
Many people need support to reduce their alcohol intake. Our Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor can provide a series of one-to-one sessions to support people who may have been identified by a health professional as drinking at an increased risk level or the individual themselves believe they are drinking at a problematic level and either want to cut down or stop drinking altogether to enjoy a healthier lifestyle.
Our Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor can offer up to 6-8 one to one sessions where people are encouraged to make positive changes in the here and now, rather than focussing on things that can’t be changed in the past. These free sessions last approximately 45 minutes – either by telephone or online depending on what the client feels comfortable with. Progress will be monitored through a mixture of self-assessment and questionnaires, and we encourage the use of tools such as Drinks Diaries, measuring cups and apps as a way of monitoring how a client is doing. We discuss tips to reduce alcohol consumption, triggers as to why someone may be drinking more than the governments recommended weekly amount and benefits to our mental and physical health by cutting back. This service is not for patients who are alcohol dependant.
Individuals can self-refer to our service on 01243 521041 or you can email: email@example.com.