What is substance misuse?
Substance misuse is the continued use of drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences to the individual using, their friends, family and the community. All substance use has the potential to cause health, social and criminal consequences.
The most commonly used substances are alcohol, nicotine and cannabis, others include stimulants such as amphetamine, opiates such as heroin and depressants such as valium.
What causes substance misuse?
Substance use often starts when people are young and influenced by friends and family. Most peoples use will reduce as they get older, but for others it can become a problem. While initially they may have enjoyed the effects, they may find it increasingly difficult to enjoy life without substance use.
Some people may find that substance use helps them to deal with difficulties in their lives, and this can often lead to increased use. Substance use itself may then cause problems for the individual, financially or within their relationships influencing them to use more, creating a vicious circle.
Some people use substances to manage physical or emotional pain, often while providing short term relief, the substance use will have long term negative consequences.
What problems are caused by substance misuse?
Increased use of drugs or alcohol can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence making it harder for the individual to stop using despite the consequences.
Substance misuse can have severe consequences to the individuals physical and mental health, it can lead to family breakdown, financial difficulty, homelessness, arrest, unemployment and in some instances death.
The Substance Misuse Team
We aim to reduce the harm caused to the individual, their family, friends and the community, by providing assessment and assisting access to appropriate community and residential services.
Referrals to the service are via PRISM and West Wales Substance Misuse Team.
Social Worker – Substance Misuse
Europa House, 115 Charles Street, Milford Haven, SA73 2HW
Tel: 01437 775229
SUDDS (Specialist U18 Drink & Drug Service)
A free and confidential Drug & Alcohol, Information, Advice and Support Service for U18's in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire and Ceredigion.
What can SUDDS do?
SUDDS aim to be as flexible as possible. The service will make every effort to see young people wherever it is most convenient and safe for them.
Get In Touch
Tel: 01437 779122
General Enquiries / Referrals
Rachel Wilson - SUDDS Team Leader - email@example.com
Education, Training and Prevention
Rhys Jordan - firstname.lastname@example.org
SUDDS is a service offered through PRISM (The Mid & West Wales Drug Advisory Service)
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