Drugs & Alcohol

Drug or alcohol problems (sometimes also called substance abuse or misuse) is a pattern of harmful behavior involving the misuse or overuse of substances for mood-altering purposes. This means that the drug or alcohol changes how a person behaves.  In order to understand drug and or alcohol use it is important to be clear about what we mean by the terms “drugs” and “alcohol” and what are the differences and similarities between them.  The internet is a useful place to find information to increase awareness and listed below are some useful websites.


Turning Point – Inspiring Recovery

The Young Persons, Young Adults, Families & Carers Drug & Alcohol Service is a dedicated specialist service for those under 25 and their families.


■    Outreach service – meet you where it suits you

■    Education about drugs and alcohol

■    1:1 support and space to talk things through

■    Support to look at your drug or alcohol use, what are you using, how much and how often

■     Help with deciding what changes you want to make with support to cut down, quit and gain control

■    Access to support from our mental health nurse from SWYPFT linked to CAMHS

■     Support for families and carers from our onsite Family Action worker

■   Familyline, a free helpline for family members over the age of 18* which offers befriending and counselling support Monday to Friday 9am to 9pm and a text crisis line outside

of these hours. Call the helpline now on: 0808 8026666 or text: 07537 404282


Our confidential** service covers the Wakefield District and is flexible so we can meet you wherever works for you – school, youth club or somewhere else. We also have a city centre site at Cross Street, Wakefield.


T: 0300 123 1912

A: 15 Cross Street, Wakefield WF1 3BW

E: Wakefield-IF@turning-point.co.uk



*Family Action will refer anyone under 18 to the relevant services.

**All information shared is confidential unless there is a risk to you or anyone else.


Here are some additional links about information and support around drugs and alcohol.

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