Not all drugs are addictive, but some drug and alcohol users do develop a dependence.
People who are dealing with addiction will usually:
- feel the need for alcohol or the drug regularly
- have a constant supply of it
- have failed to stop using alcohol or the drug
- do things they normally would not do (such as stealing)
For more information talk to FRANK.
If you're struggling to cope with your drug or alcohol use, or you know someone who is, the Recovery Solutions Team can help. We provide a wide range of support including prescribing, psychosocial interventions, counselling, and recovery support.
If you need help, you can refer yourself to our service. We also accept referrals from family members, carers, and professionals, as long as they have your consent.
The Recovery Solutions Team is made up of experienced staff, volunteers, and peer mentors (some of whom are in recovery from substance misuse themselves) who provide group sessions and one-to-one support across Middlesbrough. The service is open to both young people and adults. You can contact the service directly on 01642 726800 for support, or you can visit the Middlesbrough Alcohol Centre of Excellence (MACE) between 9:30am and 3:30pm to get an assessment of what help you need.
The Live Well Centre, Dundas House, Dundas Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 1HR
Middlesbrough Alcohol Centre of Excellence (MACE), Ayresome Green Lane, Middlesbrough, TS5 5BA
Phone: 01642 726800
You can also check out the self-help strategies for cutting down or stopping substance use (PDF) booklet for tips for dealing with your own substance use.
Affected by someone else's substance misuse?
Branches is a peer-led support group that offers support to people affected by a loved one’s alcohol use. They offer a forum where you can talk to others who are experiencing, or have experienced, feelings similar to your own, and gives you the chance to meet people who may be able to offer support and advice outside of the forum.
The group is run by volunteers who are dedicated to doing their best to support you, and while they can't provide professional help (such as psychological therapy/counselling), they can point you in the right direction depending on what your needs are.