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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse can be a sign of underlying issues, such as mental health problems or trauma.

Many people that develop substance dependency have an issue with coping with traumatic events, and others may start to take substances recreationally. Without realising, they become dependent and crave the substance.

What are the signs of substance abuse?

Some signs that an individual has a substance abuse problem can be, but are not limited to;

  • Continuing to take a drug, even if they no longer have a medical need for it
  • Spending a lot of time talking about substances or their need for them
  • A decline in interest in other things
  • An inclination to petty crime, such as theft
  • Constant borrowing of funds to pay for substances
  • A personality change

How to interact with someone with a substance abuse problem.

Be tactful, non-judgmental, and plan the conversation – what points you will raise, potential responses and potential reactions are things to consider. It is important to be understanding and not aggressive or accusative – a compassionate approach is best in these situations. Raise your concerns and let them speak and listen to what they have to say. Talk about your concerns, and if they insist, they are fine; back down.

We will work with partner agencies to

  • Raise awareness of Substance Abuse and how this impact individuals and families
  • Work closely with other agencies such as the Adult Social Care to identify, monitor and support.
  • Work with support staff to help the customer.

Getting help for substance abuse

Contact your GP, who can refer you to support groups within that area and to professional help through qualified therapists who can work through individual issues.


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