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

Talk to Frank
Frank provides confidential information and advice for anyone in the UK concerned about drugs, including drug users, their families, friends and people who work with them; open 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
The service does not provide individual medical advice, formal counselling or treatment but does provide information on local agencies and specialist help.
Tel: National Drugs Helpline 0800 77 66 00

Narcotics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. Also based on the 12 steps, it is open to anyone with a drug problem seeking help, regardless of what drug or combination of drugs have been used; the only requirement is a desire to stop using drugs.

Cocaine Anonymous
Cocaine Anonymous operates in the same way as the other ‘Anonymous’ fellowships, specialising in help for those addicted to cocaine.
Tel: 0800 612 0225

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

DrugScope is the UK’s leading independent centre of information and expertise on drugs; it provides balanced and up-to-date drug information to professionals and the public.
Tel: 020 7520 7550

CITA is a national helpline, support and information service for people who have become involuntarily addicted to prescribed tranquillisers.
Tel: Helpline 0151 932 0102

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.