- Are drugs/alcohol changing your relationships or affecting your day to day life?
- Do you feel the urge to drink alcohol or take drugs regularly?
- Is your school/college work becoming worse or do you struggle to remember what you have already done?
- Have you stopped looking after yourself or caring about the people that matter?
- Is smoking becoming all that you do?
If you answer yes to one or more of the above questions whether it is for you or someone you care about we can help.
Sometimes all you need is a little advice, support and positive encouragement. Below is a list of services that can support you as and when you need it.
At the Croydon Recovery Network there is something for everyone, no matter what your situation is. Croydon Young People’s Substance Misuse Service is your single drug and alcohol service for young people offering support to individuals across the borough. We understand that drugs or alcohol can affect many parts of your life. At Turning Point, we get to know you as a person, to understand exactly what you need to turn your life around. To get in touch with the Croydon recovery network please see the below contact details:
New 24/7 phone number available: 0300 123 9288
Visit us at: Croydon Recovery Network, Turnaround centre, 51-55 South End, Croydon, CR0 1BF, Monday- Friday between 9.30am and 5.00pm.
If you would like to see a worker outside of these times please call Croydon recovery network on 0300 123 9288 to arrange a more suitable time.
FRANK helps you find out everything you might want to know about drugs (and some stuff you don’t).
Tel no: 0800 77 66 00
Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship for young people aged 12 – 20 years, who are affected by friends who may have a drinking problem.
Tel no: 020 7403 0888
The science behind drug abuse.
Parents, carers and Friends
When drug addiction enters a family via one of its members, the effect can be unthinkable. If you have reason to believe or even a vague suspicion that someone close to you may have a drug problem, the services below can provide you with support, advice and guidance.
For Relatives and Friends Concerned About the Use of Drugs or Related Behavioural Problems Families Anonymous offer Support group to help the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem.
Tel no: 020 7498 4680
An advice, information and support service for families and friends of drug users.
Tel no: 020 7928 8898
A national charity solely dedicated to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse (VSA). Re-solve provide a free phone helpline, factsheets, resources for schools and parents, information for young people and a free on-line training course.
Through our services the team provides free non-judgmental, specialist legal advice and information to the public and professionals on issues related to drug use and to drug laws.
Tel No: 020 7729 5255
Family lives are campaigning with Talk to Frank to raise awareness about drugs and young people. They offer support and advice to parents, guardians and carers.
Substances Misuse and Young People
Stimulants – Drugs that act on the central nervous system and increase brain activity and speed up the heart. Some give feelings of alertness, greater energy and confidence. They may also reduce appetite, leading to hunger when the drug’s effects have worn off, and tiredness or exhaustion if there has been a long period of activity.
Types of stimulants: Speed, Cocaine, Mephedrone, Skunk, Spice
Depressants – Drugs that act on the central nervous system and slow down brain activity and the heart.
Impaired co-ordination, balance and judgment are common. Higher doses can lead progressively to drowsiness, vomiting, coma and even death.
Types of depressants: Alcohol, Opiates
Hallucinogenic – Drugs that act to change the way users experience the world through the five senses. Sometimes this involves seeing, and hearing things which aren’t there.
Types of Hallucinogenics: LSD, Magic Mushroom
Spice (New Psychoactive Substance)
Synthetics cannabinoids – these drugs mimic cannabis and are traded under such names as Clockwork Orange, Black Mamba and Exodus Damnation. They bear no relation to the cannabis plant except that the chemicals which are blended into the base plant matter act on the brain in a similar way to cannabis e.g. SpiceSynthetic Cannabis (Cannabinoids):
- These act on the brain in a similar way to the part of cannabis called THC which gives you a high.
- They’re traded under names including Clockwork Orange, Black Mamba and Spice.
- Taking these may make you feel giggly and talkative – or ill and paranoid.
- These can be much stronger than THC and can result in anxiety, seizures, hear attack, convulsions and death. Instances of serious self-mutilation while using synthetic cannabinoids have been reported.
- Substances can be presented a dried plant material sprayed with chemicals such as the JWH family of research chemicals.
- Originating from investigations into Multiple Sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and Chemotherapy.
The drug alprazolam is often called xanax, after one of the most common brand names. We know that using alprazolam has caused some young people to end up in hosptal, particularly when they have mixed it with alcohol.
Alprazolam is an anti-anxiety medicine in the benzodiazepine family and is similar to diazepam (Valium) but its about 20 times stronger and has a quicker, shorter -acting affect. If you take alprazolam you might very quickly feel relaxed, tired and sleepy.
But you are also at risk of serious harm if you take alprazolam. Like other benzos, long-term use could mean you become physically dependant on it and then suffer withdrawal symptoms if you stop using it. Alprazolam can also cause blackouts and put you at greater risk of being taken advantage of sexually. if you mix it with alcohol you’re at a big risk of overdose caused by heart and breathing problems – and this can lead to death.
If you or someone you know gets into trouble with alprazolam, you will need to act quickly. The emergency help page (http://www.talktofrank.com/emergency-help) give you advice about what to do if its an emergency. If it’s not an emergency but you or a friend need help, you should search – Frank 2017.
Names: Xanax, Phenazepam, Diazepam
Codeine is an opiate drug used to treat mild to moderate pain. It is available either from doctors as a prescription only medicine or, directly from a pharmacy combined in lower doses with aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol. It is used to treat pain that does not respond to simple painkillers.
Someone who takes the combination painkillers containing codeine at higher than recommended doses in order to get a stronger codeine effect, can easily consume doses of aspirin, ibuprofen or paracetamol that could be fatal – FRANK 2017
Many young people are mixing Codeine with lemonade to create ‘Purple Lean, Purple Drank. It produces mild “euphoric side effects”, which are accompanied by “motor-skill impairment, lethargy, drowsiness, and a dissociative feeling from all other parts of the body.
Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid analgesic that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. It is a schedule II prescription drug, and it is typically used to treat patients with severe pain or to manage pain after surgery. It is also sometimes used to treat patients with chronic pain who are physically tolerant to other opioids. In its prescription form, fentanyl is known by such names as Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze
Names for Fentanyl or for Fentanyl-laced heroin: Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, TNT, and Tango and Cash
Drugs and the Law
The maximum penalties for drug possession, supply (dealing) and production depend on what type or ‘class’ the drug is.
You can also get a penalty for ‘Psychoactive substances’, e.g. laughing gas
You may be charged with possessing an illegal substance if you’re caught with drugs, whether they’re yours or not. If you’re under 18, the police are allowed to tell your parent, guardian or carer that you’ve been caught with drugs.
For more information about Alcohol and Drugs, please visit the websites below: