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Getting help

There are many ways you can get advice or help if you:

  • Want information to understand the risks of your drug use or drinking.
  • Want to talk to someone about questions or concerns you have.
  • If you are worried about a friend or loved one’s use.

Talk to a parent or friend

You don’t have to do this alone! Find someone you can trust to speak to who can listen to your worries and might be able to help you find out more or get help.

Talk to your School Counsellor or Youth Worker

They can help you find the answers to your questions or just provide you with a listening ear.  They could also help you to approach a SMART worker for advice if you feel you need to.

Ask SMART via our Live Chat

We are available to chat online between 6pm and 11pm every evening.

Or you can send us a question at any other time and someone will email you back. This is a free, private and confidential service.  Find out more here

Speak to a Young Persons’ Worker from SMART

Contact a SMART Young Persons’ Worker in your area to get advice.  We will listen to what you have to say, as well as providing you with information and advice about drugs and alcohol. We can help you make changes by working together to set some goals and figure out how to reach them.

If you are working with the YOS (Young Offenders Service), ask them for advice

The YOS Team can give you advice and put you in touch with a SMART worker if you need it.

Some tools to help you think about your use

Here are a few tools that might help you think about you use:

 Drugs  Alcohol
 Quick assessment  Quick assessment
Drug Use Diary Drinking Diary – Young people
Pros and Cons of Cutting Down worksheet Pros and Cons of Cutting Down worksheet

Other useful places to get information