UK sources of information and / or support
Has details of many self help and support groups for people with addictions.
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Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists.
National website and 24 hour helpline (talk to Frank) for people with concerns over drugs and addiction.
A patient guide to complement the NICE guideline of the same name for health professionals.
Other useful links ...
A charitable organisation offering comprehensive alcohol and/or drug related services.
Helping individuals and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.
Publishes information in the UK on addiction recovery. Articles include therapeutic techniques, lists of self-help groups and treatment centres, details of seminars and workshops for professionals and people in recovery, research, news, complementary medicines, relevant legislation ... and more.
Contains details and locations of addiction treatment organisations and services in the UK.
Information from NHS Choices - the government's patient information portal.
National agency on alcohol misuse in England and Wales. Works both to reduce the costs of alcohol misuse and to develop the range and quality of helping services available to problem drinkers and their families.
"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism."
APAS is an independent provider of all kinds of services designed to reduce the harm alcohol causes to individuals, families and the communities they live in. (Also offers services dealing with drugs and gambling).
Information from the BBC.
A site which compiles medical information on benzodiazepines and tranquiliser withdrawal.
Potential benefits and risks to health.
Information from the Royal College of Psychiatrists regarding Cannabis and Mental Health issues.
Interactive information from FRANK.
A residential hospital treatment centre for alcoholism and other addictions. The clinic and treatment is under medical direction and it is recognised by the major medical insurers.
Information and Advice Centre for drug and alcohol abuse.
A user friendly website offering information and support for cannabis users who want to make positive changes in their lives.
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. There are no dues or fees for membership.
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other to help solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction.
A site moderated by users andex-users who have had problems with addiction to over the counter opiate-based medication such as products containing codeine.
A national helpline, support and information service for people who had become involuntarily addicted to prescribed benzodiazepine type tranquillisers or sleeping tablets. This group of drugs known as the "minor tranquillisers" includes most of the familiar names, Normison, Librium, Ativan, Mogadon, now increasingly prescribed under their generic names, temazepam, diazepam etc.
Substance misuse guidance and resources for professionals and managers involved in preventing and treating drug misuse. May also be of interest to members of the public whose lives are affected by drugs.
Detox 5 is part of Cygnet Health Care. Detox 5 provides a way to get clean and stay clean.
A fellowship of men and women who once suffered from a hopeless addiction to mood altering substances. It is a 12 step fellowship of men and women who have found a new way to live without the use of drugs that originated in 1997 in Sweden and now has groups in America and the UK.
The Drug Education Forum brings together national organisations from health, education, police and voluntary sectors that deliver or support the delivery of drug education. The Forum promotes the provision of effective drug education for all children and young people.
A presentation team who raise awareness of substance misuse issues across the UK
Information from the Home Office.
DPYK educates parents, and other carers, about drugs and gives them the information and skills they need to help their children make informed choices about drug use
Information from Health Challenge Wales regarding Drug Addiction.
Drugscope provide drug information, promote effective responses to drug use, undertake research, advise on policy-making and good practice, and encourage informed debate (particularly in the media).
Further sources / more detailed information
Some non-UK sitesThe following list popular non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. They are mainly from the US. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but these large sites are comprehensive.
More detailed medical informationThe following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.
- PatientPlus - hundreds of medical reference articles provided by Patient UK.
- Evidence Based Medicine - such as from Clinical Evidence, The Cochrane Library, etc.
- Database of UK Clinical Guidelines - from NICE, SIGN, etc.
- Medline - abstracts available from thousands of journals.
- Sites listing free online medical textbooks and journals.
- Sites listing free medical images - pictures, atlases, anatomy, skin diseases, etc.