Portsmouth City Council works closely with the NHS, local primary care trust and various drug treatment services to provide people who need it with treatment for substance misuse. The council is a member of the Safer Portsmouth Partnership, the key to actively reduce crime and in Portsmouth, making the city a safer place to live, work and visit.

There is a huge amount of information available about different kinds of drugs. Many illegal drugs have many street names, which can make them and their effects confusing. For reliable drugs information, and an in-depth A-Z of drugs, their effects, what they look like, the law, average street costs and the risks of taking different ones, visit Safer Portsmouth Partnership and go to the Talk to Frank pages.

The Talk to Frank free helpline is 0800 77 66 00.

Alcohol can have a harmful effect on both mental and physical health, both short and long term. Alcohol can cause people to become violent and aggressive, or to take risks that they wouldn't normally think about when sober. Portsmouth has the highest rate of alcohol-related hospital admissions in the South East.

To address this, the council has produced an Alcohol Strategy, which you can download in the documents section below.

Follow the link for our advice page on tackling alcohol misuse.

Some of these services are only for people that have been referred; but if you would like to contact them, their details are below.

  • PUSH - Portsmouth Users Self Help is a community group of ex-users, users and potential users of substance-misuse services , providing service user involvement, peer support advocacy and education. New members welcome - 023 9229 7364 or 078 4717 6933
  • The Recovery Hub is the new one-stop access point for drug and alcohol services - email recovery.hub@ssj.org.uk or call 023 9229 4573 in confidence and we will support you with the right service to suit your needs.

Here are some contacts offering help to the family, carers and friends of substance mis-users.

  • The Recovery Hub, 44-46 Campion Place, Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1JX - runs open drop-ins for assessment, advice and information on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9am and 3.30pm - give us a call on 023 9229 4573 or email recovery.hub@ssj.org.uk
  • Parent Support Link - 24-hour Southampton-based helpline for those affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use - 023 8039 9764
  • ANA First Step -  based in Portsmouth, for those struggling with the impact of drugs or alcohol on their lives. Also a regular and confidential support group for those close to someone who misuses - 023 9237 3433.

And a couple of national organisations:

  • Alcoholics Anonymous - fellowship of men and women sharing their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism - 0845 769 7555
  • Drinkline - information and advice for anyone with concerns about their own or someone else's drinking - 0800 917 8282.
  • Families Anonymous - offers self-help groups that welcome those affected by drug or substance abuse of a relative or friend. Independent, non-professional and anonymous - 0845 1200 660.

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