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Help with addictions and smoking

If you have problems with smoking, alcohol, drugs or other addictions there are places you can go for support and advice to help overcome your addiction.

Alcohol

It is not always obvious when you are drinking too much and alcohol can have serious health effects. If you have a problem with alcohol you can contact Alcohol Concern for advice and support. You can find advice on their website at www.alcoholconcern.org.ukOpens new window.

If you would prefer to speak to someone you can contact the Drinkline free on 0300 123 1110.

To find support in Swansea contact Dan 24/7, the Wales drug and alcohol helpline, on freephone 0808 808 2234 or search for agencies on their website at www.dan247.org.ukOpens new window.

 

Drugs

If you are having problems with drugs there are a number of places you can get help. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way. Dan 24/7 run a 24hr free and confidential helpline to give help and advice; phone 0808 808 2234. They can also put you in touch with agencies in Swansea who can help you.

The Dan 24/7 website also contains an A-Z of drugs with information about the risk, side effects and legal status of each drug. It also provides information on specialist services for these drugs. You can find the A-Z on their website at www.dan247.org.ukOpens new window.

 

Smoking

By giving up smoking, you can reduce your risk of developing illness caused by cancer, heart or lung disease.  Your breathing and general fitness will improve, and you will also improve the health of those around you by not exposing them to second hand smoke.

The Stop Smoking Wales Service provides community based smoking cessation groups for adults (18 years and over) motivated to stop smoking. These groups meet for one hour per week over a period of six weeks in a range of community venues across Swansea. A number of GP practices also run groups.

Get free, friendly advice and support from the Stop Smoking Wales advice line on 0800 085 2219. You can find help and advice on their website at www.stopsmokingwales.comOpens new window.

 

Gambling

If you or someone you know has a gambling problem there is help available. Gambling can provide highs and lows but these can become addictive. Gambler's Anonymous provides a space to talk to others who share their experiences and support others to overcome their addiction. You can join a local meeting or they have an online community. You can find out information on their website at http://gamblersanonymous.org.uk/index.php/ga-meetings/find-a-meetingOpens new window

If you are looking for support and counselling then you can contact GamCare. Their website contains information and guidance for addicts, their friends and families as well as people who work in healthcare. You can find their website at www.gamcare.org.ukOpens new window.

If you would prefer to speak to someone on the phone then you can use the GamCare Hotline on freephone 0808 8020 133. Their adviser's offer a confidential service.

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