As we approach the festive period and additional COVID-19 restriction in 2021, drug and alcohol users in Dumfries and Galloway are being urged to keep taking the simple steps to protect themselves. These simple steps include:
- FACTS (Face covering, Avoid crowds, Clean hands, Two metre social distance, Self-isolate & book test if you have symptoms)
- Continue to contact GP or treatment services for ongoing or any new medical conditions
- Don’t be tempted to share any medication with anyone else or use anyone else’s medication
- Don’t try any new substances, change how you take them, mix them or take them alone as all of these are risky
- Don’t be tempted to reduce or increase the amounts of drugs or alcohol you are taking
- Difficulties in maintaining healthy social & family connections and this may jeopardise people’s recovery and may lead to relapse for some drug and alcohol users
- Make sure you have a take home Naloxone kit
- · If you think someone is having an overdose, dial 999 immediately. When someone has overdosed, they can look and sound like they are simply asleep. Always check when you hear snoring that the person is actually asleep.
Friend and family can also help by simply being aware of the challenges drug and alcohol users face and by discussing these with them. Wherever possible, people should be encouraged to seek help either from their GP or from local drug and alcohol treatment services detailed below. Further information on other websites and organisation that can help, along with other more detailed guidance can be found on the Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership website at https://dghscp.co.uk/alcohol-drugs-partnership-adp/
NHS Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service
The NHS Specialist Drug and Alcohol Service in Dumfries and Galloway provides comprehensive service to people over age 18 years and over who have a dependency or complex problems related to alcohol or drug use.
We Are With You
The We Are With You service in Dumfries and Galloway provides support to anyone over the age of 18 with drug and/or alcohol addiction issues.
ISSU18 is a regionwide service for children and young people up to the age of 18 who are affected by problematic substance misuse, this can be either their own or that of a family member, which is having a significant impact on the young person’s day to day life.
Alcohol and Drugs Support South West Scotland offers a range of community-based services across Dumfries and Galloway, helping people affected by alcohol, drugs or gambling problems.