If you, or anyone else you know, are experiencing difficulties with drugs and would like some advice, you can access support from a range of services in North Yorkshire.
Quit smoking in 2012 - free clinics and support from the North Yorkshire stop smoking service
Stopping smoking is the single most helpful thing you can do to improve your health and the health of the people around you. Also, evidence shows that you are far more likely to stop smoking for good if you get the right support.
Free support is available in North Yorkshire and York through the North Yorkshire stop smoking service. For more information and to book a place on a stop smoking clinic, see the North Yorkshire stop smoking service page of the NHS North Yorkshire and York website or phone 0300 303 1603.
Getting help and support
There are different ways of getting help and support, so you can use your preferred option:
You can make an appointment to see your GP who can advise you on what to do (you can find your local GP using the NHS Find and choose services tool below);
You can access advice and support from a specialist agency in your area (contacts can be found below) by either telephoning them direct or calling into the nearest office to your home; or
You can contact one of the dedicated helplines available (links and contacts can be found below). These are totally confidential.
Related information from NHS Choices
Find and choose services
Use the Find and choose servicessearch tool from NHS Choices to find your local GP or doctor; accident and emergency unit; minor injury unit; hospital; dentist; pharmacist (chemist); optician; carers support organisation; and more.
You can get information on drugs and substance misuse as well as advice and support from the Drugspage from NHS Choices. You can also find information about getting help; the effects of drugs; legal highs; and talking about drugs with your child.
Fill in how many you smoke a day on this Smoking calculatorfrom NHS Choices and find out how much your habit is costing you, both financially and to your physical health. Then see the benefits you can gain by giving up.
Legal highs are substances used like illegal drugs such as cocaine or cannabis, but not covered by current misuse of drugs laws, and so legal to possess or to use. Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help using the Legal highspage from NHS Choices.
Depression self-assessment test
There are many symptoms of depression, including low mood, feelings of hopelessness, low self-esteem, lack of energy and problems with sleep. The more symptoms someone has, the more likely they are to be depressed. This Depression self-assessment testfrom NHS Choices will help you to assess whether you could be suffering from depression.
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The help provided by drug misuse services
The specialist services can offer you a range of advice and support to suit your needs. You would need to discuss this with the service you contact but examples include:
advice, information and support;
access to maintenance prescribing for opiate users;
day programmes; and
access to patient detoxification.
All helplines and services are totally confidential. You can discuss your concerns about drug misuse freely. You don't have to give your name if you don't want to.
The only time a service would request your name is if you accessed structured treatment or you need to access medical assistance. For safety reasons and to ensure they can provide you with good quality care they would then ask for your details. However, this will be in total confidence.
The only time a service would breach confidentiality is if they feel the public or a child is at risk or they feel you are at risk of harming yourself.
Information about alcohol, drugs and substance misuse
DrugScope is the UK’s leading independent centre of information and expertise on drugs. Their aim is to inform policy development and reduce drug-related harms - to individuals, families and communities.
The National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) is a special health authority within the NHS, established by Government in 2001 to improve the availability, capacity and effectiveness of treatment for drug misuse in England.
Craven organisation for drugs and alcohol (CODA)
Full contact details for Craven organisation for drugs and alcohol (CODA), including a confidential helpline, can be found below.