The young person's drug and alcohol team
The team offers specialist support and intervention on a one-to-one basis to young people who are affected by drug and/or alcohol use. Young people can self refer to the service or can be referred by any professional or agency with the young person’s consent. Following an assessment young people will be offered a programme of support.
Working in partnership with other agencies they offer young people a care plan that focuses on improving self-esteem, reducing risk and limiting the problems or negative effects which substances may have on their lives.
The young person's drug and alcohol team also support other agencies and professionals through the delivery of training, support with sessions and resources and keeping people informed of national trends and policies.
We work according to the philosophies of harm minimisation and recovery:
- Harm minimisation is about accepting that we cannot stop all young people from using drugs and alcohol and therefore we provide information on how to minimise the dangers. We are not encouraging them to take these substances but to make sure they come to no harm if they do.
- The aim of a recovery model is to move people as quickly and safely as possible through treatment to recovery and re-integration into society.
Young people (13-19) can text the young person's drug and alcohol team on 07775 024875 or 07768 535923 for advice, information and support.
Young people can also speak to any youth worker at any youth club about drugs and alcohol or discuss any worries they may have.