Advice on Substance Abuse
When is it time to get help?
The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you’re ready to change, but the evidence shows that the earlier the intervention, the more successful it will be.
What can friends and family do?
Whether you're a relative, friend or an employer, as soon as you detect a problem relating to addiction you should tell the person that you've noticed a worsening pattern in their drinking, drug use, mood or physical health. If this is said in an accusing way, the person is likely to be defensive and will distance themselves. The more positive and constructive you are, the more likely it is that you will be able to help the addicted person and get them into treatment.
The evidence for the benefit of support from people close to the addict is so strong that many specialist services offer treatment that's based on recruiting a network of family and friends. It's important that the person with drug and alcohol problems is helped by people who are concerned, constructive and who don’t have problems themselves.
This is how we can help you
- A Portland Centre staff member will listen to your problem and discuss your options
- We will seek specialist advice
- We will help you find:
- Structured treatment with psychological and social support
- Prescribed medication where appropriate
- Access to community and in-patient detoxification
- Access to residential rehabilitation
- Access to blood borne virus (BBV) testing and immunisation
- Access to liver treatment services
- If you need extra support, we will accompany you to meetings and appointments
- We will continue to support you throughout the journey to regain control of your life
Just call us on 01305 824333 or e-mail us using our contact form or pop in to see a Portland Centre staff member to receive immediate assistance.