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As a young person you’re often faced with difficult decisions when it comes to alcohol, drugs and smoking. You might want to experiment. Maybe your friends are pressuring you to try it. Perhaps you’re worried that a family member or friend is becoming addicted. You might want support to quite or you just want more information about it.
TheSprout is here to help by showing you all the advice, information and support services out there in Cardiff, Wales and beyond.
Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking Advice in Cardiff
Cardiff Alcohol and Drug Team (CADT) – Helping people having difficulties because of drugs or alcohol. Counseling, information, training and a Strengthening Families Programme for parents/carers and children aged 10-14.
E-DAS (Entry into Drug and Alcohol Services) – A service to help anyone who thinks they have an issue with alcohol or substances. Deciding the best pathways for you to get the help you need and helping you to access substance misuse services in Cardiff. Call: 0300 300 7000
Switched On – An information, education and advice service for all young people up to the age of 25 years in Cardiff and The Vale. They work with everyone: from those who never drink or use drugs right through to those who might be currently using or have used in the past. They can offer information and advice to any young people who are worried about their own use, or that of a friend or relative.
Living Room Cardiff – A community based recovery centre dealing with all addictions. Providing support and advice to those recovering from addiction and their families.
Recovery Cymru – A community of people helping each other to recover from drug or alcohol misuse. Developing skills and interests and improve your quality of life.
NewLink Wales – A wellbeing organisation helping people who have a history of substance misuse, mental illness or long term unemployment. They use volunteering, training and programmes to help people be a part of their community and get back control of their lives.
Peer Mentoring Service – People who have been through recovery from substance or alcohol misuse or mental ill health. They have been trained as mentors to be able to offer support to others.
Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS) – Family support services – Crisis intervention service that help families in crisis because of alcohol and substance misuse, mental health and domestic violence. Following a referral from social services the IFSS works with families to gain coping strategies and skills to overcome the crisis. Learning new skills, behaviours and strategies to help prevent this happening again.
Skills For Living – Action for Children – Skills building for young people aged 16-24 leaving care to improve their emotional and social wellbeing. The service could be helpful to those who manage stress in a harmful way, which includes drug or alcohol misuse.
Emotional Wellbeing Service (EWS) – EWS helps with the emotional wellbeing of children and young people in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan. Therapeutic groups and one on one support. Offers support to young people who are feeling sad, lonely, depressed or lacking in confidence and self-esteem. They offer support with mental health and emotional wellbeing, drugs and alcohol, self-harm and safer sex and healthy relationships.
CRAFT Programme – Cardiff and Vale Integrated Family Support Team – The Community Reinforcement and Family Training Programme helps the family, partners and friends of those struggling with alcohol or drug problems. This therapeutic programme helps them to improve their lives and help their loved one reduce, or stop their substance misuse. Helps people to have happier relationships and reduce anger or depression.
Wellbeing4U – A community wellbeing service based in GP surgeries in Cardiff and the Vale. GP’s or other health care workers can give you a referral to the service, or you can self-refer if you are a member Grange Medical Practice, Dr Anwar’s Surgery, Caerau Lane Surgery, Fairwater Health Centre or Lansdowne Surgery in Cardiff. The Wellbeing4U team will work with you by creating a tailor made service to improve your health. While the team helps with lots of different health issues, one of these is providing support to reduce alcohol misuse and smoking by understanding harmful behaviours.
Croes Ffin Project – The Wallich – The Wallich works to reduce homelessness in Wales. The Croes Ffin Project provides temporary supported accommodation to those over 18 in Cardiff and the Vale who have had difficulties with drugs or alcohol. They offer support to those who have not taken any drink or drugs for at least 6 weeks. Helps with preventing relapses and finding education and training opportunities.
Mind Cardiff – Mind Cymru offers advice and support to anyone experiencing a mental health problem. Drug and alcohol addiction is often linked to mental health problems. They have an addiction and dependency section with information on where you can find support.
SchoolBeat – SchoolBeat has information and resources for teachers, pupils and parents to follow up on lessons given in schools by the School Community Police Officers. There are activities for children and young people about drug and substance misuse, social behaviour and community and personal safety grouped into different age brackets (5-7, 7-11, 11-14 and 14-16).
Alcohol Concern Cymru – Working with the Welsh Government to help people have a healthy relationship with alcohol. Research into how alcohol is marketed, sold and consumed and challenging people to think about their habits. Their Your Drinking section has sections on how to support a loved one, how to talk to young people about alcohol, finding out if you have a problem and where to get help.
DAN 24/7 – Wales Drug and Alcohol Helpline – A free and bilingual telephone drug and alcohol helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales wanting further information or help relating to drugs or alcohol. Freephone: 0808 808 2234 or text DAN to: 81066
The Filter – While this dedicated stop smoking service for young people aged 11-25 in Wales has come to an end, their website still exists with loads of information about smoking related topics. Their social media accounts are no longer active.
Help Me Quit-The free NHS stop smoking service in Wales. They have loads of information on all the NHS stop smoking services and a contact centre that makes it easier for smokers to choose the best support for them. Freephone: 0808 2506885
ASH Wales – Their mission is to achieve a smoke free Wales by working to toughen up policies and campaigning across Wales. They raise awareness of the health, social and economic effects of smoking by working with communities, young people and partners in Wales. .
Young Minds – Information about how drug use can have an effect on your mental health and where to get help and information.
Re-Solv – Working to end solvent abuse (gases, solvents and other legal highs). Information, advice to reduce harm and confidential help. Helpline: 01758 810762, Monday to Friday 9:30am-5pm. Text or WhatsApp – 07496 959930. Live chat.
Drinkaware – Working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm and help people make better choices. Facts, advice, trackers and calculators for those who are worried about their own drinking or worried about someone else.
Drinkline – Drinkline is a helpline offering free, confidential information and advice for people worried about their own drinking, or someone else’s. Helpline: 0300 123 1110 Monday-Friday 9am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.
Al-Anon – Al-Anon Family Groups supports anyone whose life is, or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. They don’t offer advice or counseling, but hold regular meetings for people to share their experiences of living with alcoholism and support each other. Find a meeting in Cardiff.
Talk to Frank – Talk to Frank offers friendly, confidential drugs advice. They have an A-Z glossary of drugs on their website listing the key effects and risks and the law for each one. They also have videos, stories, articles and a helpline. Helpline: 0300 123 6600 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Live chat – 2-6pm daily. Text 82111
Dear Albert – Helping people to stop taking alcohol and drugs. Founded by John Roberts following recovery from his own addictions, a service claiming to have ‘been there, done that’. Helpline: 0800 880 3153. Text: 07712 707 999
Drinkaware: Track and Calculate Units App – Change the way you drink. Track the units and calories in drinks and the savings you make.
Pocket Rehab: Get Sober and Addiction Recovery – Connect with other people trying to overcome addictions. A community of peers helps each other through text, voice or video at the touch of a button.
Smokefree – This NHS app is a 4-week programme with practical support, encouragement and advice. See how much money you’re saving with their calculator.
I Am Sober: Motivation for Tracking Sobriety – Counts the days you’re free from drugs, alcohol or smoking addiction. Sends you daily reminders of why you quit and motivational quotes.
Blogs and guides
5 Steps Towards Addiction Recovery You Should Know – Our Young Addicts
Am I Alcohol Dependent? – Drinkaware
My Lifetime Hangover – theSprout
If you need more information about drug, alcohol or smoking issues and services that can help contact the Meic helpline. Meic is an advocacy, advice and information helpline for children and young people in Wales. Call free on 080880 23456, text 84001 or Instant Message.