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Support Resources


If you live in the UK, you’ll know how lucky we are to have the fabulous NHS.

If you believe that stopping drinking cold turkey may be dangerous for you, the first port of call is to speak to your GP.

Most people receive support to stop drinking and recovery support in the community. But some people will need a short stay in a 24-hour medically supported unit so they can receive safe treatment of their withdrawal symptoms or other problems.

Some people are assessed as needing intensive rehabilitation and recovery support for a period after they stop drinking completely, either through attending a programme of intensive support in their local community or by attending a residential rehabilitation service.


Alcohol Change UK is a leading UK alcohol charity, formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK.

They are not anti-alcohol; they are for alcohol change. They are for a future in which people drink as a conscious choice, not a default; where the issues which lead to alcohol problems – like poverty, mental health issues, homelessness – are addressed; where those of us who drink too much, and our loved ones, have access to high-quality support whenever we need it, without shame or stigma. 

Alcohol Change UK are also the charity behind the Dry January campaign, and we were delighted to be joined by Dr Richard Piper, the CEO of Alcohol Change UK, in the Dry January episode of our podcast.


Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship dedicated to abstinence-based recovery from alcoholism through its spiritually inclined Twelve Step program.


Following its Twelve Traditions, AA and autonomous AA groups are self-supporting through the strictly voluntary contributions from members only.


AA is incredibly well-known, but not many people understand how it works – and this description above (copied directly from the AA website) can seem a little overwhelming.


We have spoken to people on the podcast about their experiences with AA, including the fabulous Rosie  and the wonderful Person Irresponsible.  


Domestic Violence Resources


Since 1971, Refuge has led the campaign against domestic violence. They have grown to become the country’s largest single provider of specialist domestic and gender-based violence services and support over 6,000 women and children on any given day.


Women's Aid is the national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. They are a federation of over 180 organisations providing just under 300 lifesaving services to women and children across England.


Asking for help can be hard. Society puts a lot of pressure on men to act strong and sort out problems on their own. Respect is here to support men experiencing domestic abuse. If you want to talk to someone, you can speak to their friendly and professional advisors on the phone, by email or on webchat. 


Nacoa  is here to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. Nacoa have been helping everyone affected by their parent’s drinking since 1990.



Childline is here to help anyone under 19 in the UK with any issue they’re going through.


You can talk about anything. Whether it’s something big or small, their trained counsellors are here to support you.


Childline is free, confidential and available any time, day or night.


Child abuse and neglect happens every day, in every walk of life, all around the UK. 

The NSPCC have been protecting children for over 100 years. Over 5 years, they helped to make more than 6.6 million children safer from abuse.


Find out more about the NSPCC on their website. 

Mental Health Resources


Every 10 seconds, Samaritans responds to a call for help. We’re here, day or night, for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.Samaritans is not only for the moment of crisis, we’re taking action to prevent the crisis. We give people ways to cope and the skills to be there for others. 


125 lives are lost every week to suicide. And 75% of all UK suicides are male. CALM exists to change this. They do it by provoking conversation, running life-saving services, and bringing people together so they reject living miserably, get help when they need it and don’t die by suicide.


Every year, one in four of us will experience a mental health problem. But hundreds of thousands of people are still struggling.

We believe no one should have to face a mental health problem alone. We'll listen, give you support and advice, and fight your corner.

Drug Addiction Resources


Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.


Talk to Frank is a free service for young people, sharing honest facts and advice about drugs and alcohol.

The organisation is contactable in the following ways:

Phone: 0300 123 6600 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

Text: 82111


If you have a problem with drugs, Narcotics Anonymous  is an organisation that is run by recovering drug addicts who can help you get and stay clean.

For general enquiries call 

0300 999 1212 or email

Child Protection Resources

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