Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking

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 quit 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. Counselling, 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

CYPF – Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health Services. Offering a wide range of services for children, young people and their families.

Chat Health – If you’re 11-19 years old you can text your school nurse on 07520 615718 between 8:30am and 4:30pm weekdays for confidential advice and support on all kinds of things including smoking, drugs and alcohol.

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.

Platfform (NewLink Wales) – Running courses and projects for those that have struggled with substance use or other wellbeing challenges in the past, working with people to find a new sense of purpose, new skills, or renewed confidence.

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.

ChatHealthChatHealth – A text-messaging service for 11-19-year-olds to contact your school nurse about anything on 07520 615718. You can text anytime but will get a response between Monday to Friday from 8:30am – 4:30pm.

National Services

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 Change UK  – Working to change attitudes towards alcohol by improving knowledge about the harms of alcohol, calling for better policy and regulation, changing social norms, improving drinking behaviour and working with organisations and practitioners to find better support and treatment. There lots of information on the website including quizzes about your drinking, tips on how to cut down and how to find help for you or your family/friends.

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

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. They also have Drinkline and Drinkchat that you can contact confidentially and free for information and advice about your own drinking, or someone else’s. Helpline: 0300 123 1110 Monday-Friday 9am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am-4pm.

Alcoholics Anonymous – A group of people sharing their experiences, strength and hope with each other to stop drinking and stay sober. Find a meeting in Cardiff. National Helpline: 0800 9177 650.

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 counselling, 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

Call Meic

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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.

Useful Apps

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.

Smoke Free – An app to learn techniques to stop, see how much money you’ve saved, how long you’ve been smoke free, how many cigarettes you’ve not smoked and watch how your health is improving.

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

10 Self Help Tips To Quit Smoking – NHS

Benefits of Stopping Smoking – NHS

Am I Alcohol Dependent? – Drinkaware

My Lifetime Hangover – theSprout


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