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If you’re struggling with substances or alcohol, this page is a good starting point for finding help.
There are many services, teams and dedicated people in wales who are there to help.
Whatever the problem, there’s likely to be someone who can work with you to figure out the way forward
The list of services below should help you work out who would be best for you to contact to begin with.
I need help and support to stabilise my recovery
Footsteps to Recovery could help you. It’s a programme that allows you ‘mix and match’ different services and opportunities to build up the things around you that are going to help get you through, including being part of our NewSteps volunteering programme.
FootSteps to Recovery has been put together by Recovery Cymru, SOLAS and NewLink Wales.
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I need help for someone else
You can find advice on that here.
Are you 25 or under?
Platfform4YP has a list of places you can get help with anything you’re worried about.
Services In Wales
Dan 24/7 is a free and confidential drugs helpline. Calls from public telephone boxes are free of charge. Talking to somebody about your drug or alcohol problem is the first step to resolving your problems.
You can call DAN 24/7 on 0808 808 2234 anytime day or night for help and advice.
Vist the DAN 24/7 website
E-Das (Entry To Drug And Alcohol Services)
EDAS is the single point of entry into substance misuse treatment and support for individuals looking to address their own use of alcohol or drugs, as well as members of their family and carers looking for guidance and support.
It provides a simple and effective access to the full range of substance misuse services in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.
Visit the EDAS website
Recovery Cymru is a self-help and support community for people in or seeking recovery from alcohol and drug problems. There is a recovery centre in Cardiff and in the Vale of Glamorgan. Recovery Cymru is also networked into the wider recovery community in Wales and the UK.
Visit the Recovery Cymru website
Footsteps To Recovery
Footsteps to Recovery is a unique through care and after care service for substance misuse in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan, the first of its kind in Wales. The service has been built from the hearts and minds of its passionate members of staff, and we are very proud to be part of this new and exciting service. The staff are from a variety of peer-led and professional backgrounds and have come together to provide their specialist expertise.
Find out more about FootSteps to Recovery
Taith (Change Grow Live)
Taith is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults in Cardiff and The Vale of Glamorgan. They offer a range of opportunities from workshops, brief interventions, structured groups and one-to-one key working sessions. They also have needle exchanges within both sites, where you can get harm reduction advice, blood borne virus testing (including HIV and Hep C), naloxone training and access to other services.
Visit the the Taith (CGL) website
N.A. is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem. It is attended by those in recovery who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs.
Visit the UK NA website
AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual alcoholics who turn to the Fellowship for help. Each group has but one primary purpose – to carry its message to the still-suffering alcoholic.
Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.
Dewis Cymru is the place for information about well-being in Wales.
They have information that can help you think about what matters to you, along with information about local organisations and services that can help.
Help is available. There are services in Wales that have been setup to help, and there are dedicated people who run them. Your situation isn’t unusual, or impossible. There will be someone who’ll be able to help the person you’re worried about.
The person I’m worried about is under 25
YoungMinds have advice and resources around substance misuse that may help you
The person I’m worried about needs help stabilising their recovery
The FootSteps to Recovery programme helps people build their own recovery structures, mixing and matching the services that will help best for them. It’s been put together by SOLAS, Recovery Cymru and NewLink Wales, and you can fill in a referral form to get started.
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Services that may be able to help
Tearing Your Hair Out
Tearing your hair out is a group run by carers of drug and alcohol misusers to give support, help and advice to other carers. It allows you to share your concerns with people who understand, in a non-judgemental atmosphere. They also provide information on drugs, alcohol and other services, such as, housing, legal, peer mentoring and family sessions provided in the Cardiff and Vale of Glamorgan areas.
Visit the Tearing Your Hair Out website