When feeling stressed, anxious or depressed, it is not unusal to escape from these feelings by using alcohol, drugs, smoking or gambling and this might seem like a quick way to feel better.
Whilst short term they may provide some relief from everyday stressors, long term it can lead to significant problems with your health, social and occupational functioning and your emotional wellbeing.
For further support, or information on how access help, please speak to one of our advisors via a call or the chat function by clicking below.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) - Provides a free support service for those wishing to abstain from alcohol. AA follows the 12-step programme and does not engage in the fields of alcoholism research, medical or psychiatric treatment, education, or advocacy in any form. The supprot is provided through group and individual work.
South London And Maudsley (SLAM) - Provide further information regarding support around alcohol use and a self-assesment tool to monitor alcohol intake.
Down Your Drink - The Down Your Drink programme provides information on how to make careful choices around alcohol and the role alcohol plays in your life.
Substance Use Recovery Evaluator (SURE) - SURE is an outcomes measure that was devleoped by people in recovery. The questions have been designed to help you measure your personal recovery from drug and/or alcohol dependence.
Alcohol Change UK have produced a leaflet which answers some frequently asked questions surrounding mental health and alcohol. Download it here.
Further reading can be found here which provides advice and guidence on alcohol managment.
The Overcoming series has a self-help book on alcohol misuse, with downloadable resources to help you regain control of your alcohol consumption. The books within this series use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
South London and Maudsley (SLAM) - SLAM support those looking for help with addictions. SLAM provide information regarding support for drug use.
South London and Maudsley (SLAM) - Families and carers face many difficulties and stress when supporting a loved one with an addiction. SLAM provide information for family and carers supporting those with a drug problem.
Narcotics Anonymous (N.A.) - N.A. is a free service for men and women which drugs have become a major problem. N.A. support are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs.
Substance Use Recovery Evaluator (SURE) - SURE is an outcomes measure that was devleoped by people in recovery. The questions have been designed to help you measure your personal recoevery from drug and/or alcohol dependence.
Overcoming has information about drug addiction. The books within the Overcoming series use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK contributing to 78,000 deaths and causing 70% of lung cancers.
42% of all the smoking in the UK is by people with mental health problems whose lives are cut short by 15 to 20 years than others in the UK, mostly due to smoking.
Despite the frightening ways that smoking impacts on health, it can be difficult to break a long-term habit, especially if it has become a coping mechanism or provides comfort.
But quitting smoking is the single most important way to improve your health and wellbeing, as well as saves you a huge amount of money (on average £2,200 per year).
If you are thinking about stopping smoking, there is a lot of support to help you find what will work best for you. Smoking medication has been shown to be effective, but there are other ways to quit, or cut down, on your nicotine-intake, including using nicotine patches, inhalors, gums, or mouth sprays, as well as vaping.
To find more information and support on quitting smoking, visit the NHS quit smoking page.
You can also download the NHS Smokefree App, which helps you quit by tracking your progress, telling you how much money you are saving, and daily support.
- Bexley: Freephone 0800 783 2514
- Lambeth: Freephone 0800 856 3409
- Lewisham: Freephone 0800 082 0388
- Southwark: 0300 123 1044
- Greenwich: 0800 470 4831
The Overcoming series has a self-help book on stopping smoking, with downloadable resources to help you not only give up your habit but help you to remain a non-smoker for life. The books within this series use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Gamblers Anonymous (G.A.) - A free service for men and women who have devleoped a gambling problem and would like support to stop. The support groups help other compulsive gamblers do the same.
Be Gamble Aware - Provide information to help people make informed decisions about their gambling. Be Gamble Aware support people to find out more about gambling and what safer gambling means, to understand and recognise the risks of gambling, and show where to go for further information, help and support.
GamCare - GamCare is the leading provider of information, advice and support for anyone affected by gambling harms. GamCare operates the National Gambling helpine and one-to-one online chat. GamCare provide treatment for anyone who is harmed by gambling, create awareness about safer gambling and treatment options.
The Overcoming series has a self-help book on gambling, with downloadable resources to help you take control of your habit with step-by-step recovery techniques. The books within this series use methods based on clinical practice and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).