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It isn’t hard to drink or to take drugs and forming a habit is real easy.  However, getting off drugs and drink can be tough, and an addiction can wreck your life, and that of the people around you. If you are considering drinking or drug taking, check out the sites below so you know the facts first.  If you are struggling with drink or drugs and need help with an addiction, your GP could help (see Local Medical Facilities).  For self-help, check out the links below.  Log on to this site to find out if you are drinking too much.

The Site gives young people online advice and information about everything to do with drugs and alcohol.  Find out what drugs actually are, what they do to your body, what addiction is like, The Law and drugs, alcohol, living with a drinker and more.  You can ask any question about drink and drugs and an expert will answer you online.

FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don't).  Aimed at young people (but relevant to adults and parents too) this service offers video information and can help if you are worried about a friend, or feeling pressured to take drugs.  A friendly, confidential advice service is also offered. Tel: 0800 77 66 00.

NEED SUPPORT TO GIVE UP?  The Substance Misuse Strategic Team (SMST) offer a supported programme of recovery from an addiction for young people in Melton Mowbray.  The link above gives you an online ‘treatment journey’ overview to help you understand how the Swanswell Substance Misuse team can support you through addiction and beyond.  All drugs are listed, so you can just CLICK the right links to get a picture in advance of a programme of support available for you.  Call 0300 303 5000 for more information.

Alateen is for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen offers a small number of support groups for 12-17year olds across the country.  To find out where the current groups are call this number 020-740-70215.  If there is not an ALATEEN group nearby, young people living with a drinker and seeking help are allowed to attend an AL-ANON meeting (preferably with adult support but welcome unaccompanied if necessary and 12 years or older).  Call the help line above if you are thinking of attending a group.

The closest Al-anon meetings to Melton Mowbray are currently in Leicester:

Thursday 19:30-21:00

Location: West End Neighbourhood Centre, Andrews Street (off Hinckley Road), Leicester, Leicestershire, LE3 5PA England. See MAP

Wednesday 19:30-21:00

Location: Stonygate Baptist Church, 315 London Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE2 3ND England. See MAP.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) offers young people living with a drinker or alcoholic a free and confidential help line if you would like to talk to someone.  Advice and support can be offered although no names need to be taken and the call will not show up on a land line bill.  Helpline: 0800 358 3456

Melton Mowbray Sobriety are a local alcoholics anonymous( AA) ‘open’ group meeting at The Samworth Centre on Tuesdays at 7.45pm. Rm 1, The Samworth Centre, 8 Burton St, MELTON MOWBRAY.  The details of this group are found on the AA website where more information about alcoholism can be found.  If you are 18 years or over  this group may be able to help.

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