Alcohol & Drug Use

Many people have turned to alcohol or drugs in order to cope with the struggles of lockdown. It is understandable that right now a lot of us want to escape from the realities that are hitting us at the moment, but relying on alcohol or drugs may cause more health problems and mental health issues in the long term. There are many support services available to help you manage your use - we've put together a list of them below.


Slough Treatment, Advice and Recovery Team (START) is a free, confidential service for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s substance use. Their team of specialist workers are skilled in helping people decide what changes they want to make. Whether you need intensive support or just some brief advice, they can support you.

They provide evening and weekend sessions for those who cannot attend during the working day and run drop-in sessions in various locations across Slough to make accessing support as easy as possible.

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Surrey Drug & Alcohol Care

Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care offers a free helpline (0800 802 5000) where you can get 24-hour support and advice about drug use.

You can call: if you need advice or information; if you want to get help for drug and or alcohol use; if you have a relative, friend or partner who is using drugs/alcohol and want to talk; if you have questions and need reliable information; or if you just need to talk to someone who understands.

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Catalyst offers the following support for drug and alcohol misuse:

  • Treatment – they work in partnership with Surrey and Borders Partnership (SABP) to provide the i-access service, providing treatment for all drug use and dependant drinkers. Visit Surrey Drug and Alcohol Care for more information.
  • Reach Out Counselling – 12 weeks of free counselling sessions for those struggling with substance misuse, exploring underlying issues.
  • Family and friends support – structured groups for family and friends affected by a loved one’s substance misuse

All their services accept self-referrals, GP referrals, and referrals from other organisations.

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