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Substance abuse

Using drugs and drinking alcohol can change your feelings quickly. Often, people can rely on this when they want to relax or escape a feeling. However, the short-term escape can have more of a negative impact on your health and wellbeing in the long-term. The effects of both drugs and alcohol on your body and mind is unpredictable. If you recognise that you are relying on these substances, it's important to access help and support available.

On this page you will find:


If you're worried about your relationship with alcohol or drugs, you can:

Ask your GP (doctor) for advice. If you aren't registered with a GP you can find and register with a GP.

Speak to a social or healthcare worker, they can refer you for an assessment and treatment if necessary.

Refer yourself to Turning Point who provide free treatment in Leicestershire: call 0330 303 6000 or email llreferrals@turning-point.co.uk

Visit one of the Turning Point hubs for advice.


All drugs can have an effect on your mental health. They can change your mood and behaviour, and how you live your day-to-day life.

People take drugs for many different reasons and for some people, taking drugs can lead to long-term mental health problems.

If your drug use is affecting your mental health, don't be afraid to ask for help.