Drug (Substance) Addiction

This page provides links to groups involved with drug/substance addiction and abuse. See also the patient.info alcohol abuse, smoking and gambling pages.

UK sources of information and / or support

Action on Addiction

A charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment, professional education, support for families and children and campaigns.


A leading drug and alcohol treatment charity.

Addiction Recovery Foundation

Provides free resources on how to recover via its website to both professionals and the recovery community.


A site which compiles medical information on benzodiazepines and tranquiliser withdrawal.

Cocaine Anonymous

A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction.

Cocaine Anonymous Scotland

CA Scotland is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience strength and hope with each other to help solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction.

Codeine free

Provides help and advice to people who find themselves dependant on codeine or dihydrocodeine.

Council for Information on Tranquillisers, Antidepressants and Painkillers

CITAp is a charitable organisation providing a national helpline, support and information service for individuals, families, friends and professional advisors dealing with prescribed tranquillisers, sleeping tablets, antidepressants and painkillers.

Drug Addicts Anonymous

DAA is a fellowship of men and women who have recovered from drug addiction by following the Twelve Steps - a tried and tested programme of practical spiritual action.

Drug Dependence (opioids)

Information from emc Medicine Guides.

Drug misuse - methadone and buprenorphine

A patient guide to complement the NICE guideline of the same name for health professionals.

Drug misuse: psychosocial interventions and opioid detoxification

A patient guide to complement the NICE guideline of the same name for health professionals.

Drug Proof Your Kids

Porvided by Care for the Family, DPYK educates parents, and other carers, about drugs and gives them the information and skills they need to help their children make informed choices about drug use.


Information from the Mental Health Foundation.


Information from NHS Choices.

Drugs and Alcohol

Information from Public Health England.


A leading UK charity supporting professionals working in drug and alcohol treatment, drug education and prevention and criminal justice.

Fast Forward

Fast Forward is a charitable organisation which promotes health through quality education by, with and for young people, focusing on the prevention of drug, alcohol and tobacco misuse.


Provides advice and a 24 hour helpline for people with concerns over drugs and addiction.

Know Cannabis

This website can help you assess your cannabis use, its impact on your life and how to make changes if you want to.

Know the Score

Provides help, support and advice about drugs.

Narcotics Anonymous UK

Run by recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean, NA is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem.

Positive Prevention Plus

A grouping of organisations and individuals who want to see more and better prevention operating in the UK, as part of the solution to the drug problem.

Rehabilitation of Addicted Prisoners Trust

RAPt works to help people with drug and alcohol dependence, both in prison and in the community, overcome the grip of addiction and lead positive lives, free from drugs and crime.


An independent and registered charity, Release is the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law.


Dedicated to the prevention of volatile substance abuse, particularly among children and young people. Provides a helpline, education on prevention and training to health professionals.

Scottish Drugs Forum

A membership-based drugs policy and information organisation and is a national resource of expertise on drug issues.

Talking About Cannabis

Support and information-sharing website for everyone whose lives have been affected by cannabis abuse.

The Alliance

A user led organisation which provides advocacy, training and helpline services to those currently in drug or alcohol treatment, those who have accessed treatment in the past and those who may access treatment in the future.

The Drug Education Forum

A forum of national organisations committed to improving the practice and profile of drug education in England.

Turning Point

A social enterprise providing specialist and integrated services which focus on improving lives and communities across mental health, learning disability, substance misuse, primary care and employment.

Further sources / more detailed information

Some non-UK sites

The link below provides access to non-UK health information sites with content aimed at the general public. The sites have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included but they are comprehensive:

More detailed medical information

The following list online sources of more detailed medical information, mainly from the UK. These sites are mainly aimed at health professionals, but are of interest to all. They have not been checked to see if information about the above topic is included, but information about most medical topics can usually be found.

Hilary Cole
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Hilary Cole
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Last Checked:
19 July 2012

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