OTHER SPECIALIST LOCAL SERVICES
There is a wide range of family support in Greenwich for people impacted by a loved one’s drug and alcohol misuse including group support, one-to-one support and information sessions.
This section provides information on the young people’s service for 10 to 17 year olds, needle exchanges and where to find them, Carers and Family Services, as well as links to mutual support groups located in the borough.
Residential rehab or detox services are only accessible by referral from the main treatment services via a specialist panel. If you would like to know more about this, please contact your current treatment provider.
Carers and family service
Greenwich Young People’s Service supports young people who are either using or at risk of using drug or alcohol.
The service supports any young person up to the age of 18, and also works with people up to the age of 21, where they have come from care services or have learning difficulties.
The Point can assist with a wide range of issues and offers advice and support with:
• Housing options and support
• Personal development programmes
• Sexual health service
• Drug and alcohol support
• Positive activities
You can contact the service yourself or ask someone you trust to phone, email or call into The Point during office hours.
Needle exchanges reduce drug related harm and prevent transmission of blood borne viruses. If you use clean and sterile equipment, and do not share with others, you can greatly reduce your chances of becoming infected with Hepatitis C or HIV.
By disposing of your used equipment safely at an exchange you are helping to reduce risks for others who may come into contact with discarded equipment.
This Needle Exchange Directory has a full list of where you are able to exchange your needles throughout the Borough.
Mutual support organisations are non-profit fellowship or societies of people for whom drugs or alcohol had become a major problem. Meetings are for recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. They are generally programs of complete abstinence from all drugs or alcohol following a set of principles to follow in daily lives.
Fellowship meetings may not work for everyone. SMART Recovery workshops are secular and science based recovery programmes that may be more suitable for others.
There are various mutual support groups that hold meetings within the Borough as well as SMART Recovery meetings. You can find details of local meetings on their websites. These include:
Change Grow Live (CGL) have a dedicated family and carers support service for family members to access one-to-one support. For more information please contact Victoria at CGL.
Change Grow Live (CGL) and Adfam run a regular support group for family members. For more information please contact Victoria at CGL.
The Beresford Project provides family members with the information training sessions and support to understand the impact of drugs and alcohol on their lives, supporting individuals to build sustainable relationships and positive futures.
Adfam run regular one-to-one peer support services at CGL and The Stables SE7, Carers Centre. Trained peer mentors who have also lived with a loved one’s drug and alcohol misuse inspire others to make positive changes in their lives and redress the negative impact of drug and alcohol use in their families and communities.
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