A drug is a chemical substance that acts on the brain and nervous system, changing a person’s mood, emotion or state of consciousness.

Drugs are often classified by the effect they have.

  • stimulants, such as cocaine, make people feel full of energy
  • depressants (or sedatives), such as heroin, make people feel relaxed
  • hallucinogens, such as LSD, make people see, feel or hear things that are not real

Drug misuse is when a person regularly takes one or more drugs to change their mood, emotion or state of consciousness.

If you are concerned about your use of drugs or other substances, then you can turn to one of the Portsmouth services below for confidential, impartial advice and information.

If you are concerned about a loved one's drug use, then you may also find these pages helpful.

Where can I get help? 

Drug services in Portsmouth can help you stop or cut down. Recovery from drug problems is achievable. It is much easier with support.

There are a range of services including drop in sessions, peer support groups, specialist counselling and group sessions to help you. 

Substitute medication (methadone) and supported detoxification are available.

Your GP can refer you to services or you can contact some services directly.

A confidential needle exchange service is available across Portsmouth. Visit your local pharmacy or call 023 9229 4573 or 07590 865092.

Meet recovering addicts to help you along your journey  

There are several peer-supported drug recovery services in Portsmouth that you can get in contact with:

Find out more about drug misuse 

For further useful information go to any of the following sites:

  • FRANK is the national drug advice service
  • Recovery Hub for access to drug and alcohol support services