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
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.
Domestic Violence Resources
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org