Inexcess: In search of recovery

Help and support for people and families
dealing with drug and alcohol problems

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Get in touch with professionals who can help - listings, links and profiles

This section will help you to find the advice, support and guidance you need by signposting organisations specialising in alcohol, drug addiction and mental health problems.

Some of you may need help to find treatment or medication, others to find an abstinence based recovery programme and support structure.

These organisations are often staffed by people who have experienced similar journeys of addiction, and gone on to become qualified professionals.

The power of two people talking through their problems and experiences is often the beginning. But one size doesn't fit all and as I travel on my own search for recovery I'm hoping to introduce you, through Inexcess, to people, organisations, key workers, counsellors, therapists, and maybe the odd guru for those seeking enlightenment.

Recovery really is a journey for the rest of your life, and if we are to meet the challenges it brings without reaching for our "poison of choice" I really believe that it is the best way because recovery addresses addiction on a human level and a healthcare basis; and I also believe that well being is a way of living that can offer long term fulfilment in mind body and spirit.

George Williams


NHS Direct provides on-line information and advice on drug and alcohol addiction, and the opportunity to speak to a health advisor.
Tel: 08 45 46 47

Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of people who by sharing their experience, strength and hope with each other, aim to solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism and maintain sobriety based on the 12 steps.
Tel: National Helpline 0845 769 755

Al-Anon Family Groups
Al-Anon Family Groups is a fellowship for families and friends of alcoholics, which aims to provide understanding, strength and hope to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.
Tel: 0207 403 0888

Alateen is part of Al-Anon, and operates a recovery program specifically for young people.
Tel: 020 7403 0888

Alcohol Concern
Alcohol Concern provides a wide range of information about alcohol, a helpline and a services directory via its website.
Tel: Drinkline 0800 917 8282

Dry Out Now
DryOutNow provides information and referral advice to people with alcohol problems, their friends and their relatives.
Tel: 0845 370 0203.

Addaction is the UK’s biggest drug and alcohol treatment charity providing free information and confidential advice services.
Tel: 0207 251 5860

12 Steps
The web site provides information, tools and resources that make working a 12 Step programme, or any other programme using 12 step principles for recovery, as simple and straightforward as possible.

Adfam is a national organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol.
Web: is a website that provides information and advice on a wide range of teen issues including alcohol and drugs.