Drugs Home Page

Introduction

Welcome to the Transform Bexley Borough Resource pages. If you have been directed here, or simply found the pages as the result of a search, then chances are, you, a friend, or a member of your family may have become involved in alcohol, drugs, or other substance abuse and you need more information about what to do next.

First of all, relax. Be assured that there is help and support available. While it can seem terrifying, within Bexley Borough, there are a number of highly successful treatment options available to users, many are available free of charge, or are funded by the council.

Make no mistake, drugs, alcohol and other substance use and abuse is a serious issue. There are major implications for the physical and mental well-being of a user. The impact on family and friends can be devastating and in some cases, the user may turn to crime to help support their habit.

But, substance abuse is not a matter of will power. Dependence does not discriminate. It affects young and old, rich or poor; it does not recognise skin colour or ethnicity, race, religion or creed. It is ignorant of the local postcode and doesn’t care if you live on a housing estate or an estate house. Drugs, alcohol and other substances do affect how we see the world, our ability to make clear decisions or well-considered choices. There is no cure, but with the right help, we can clear the fog and learn how to see and think clearly again.

A recent survey found that 66% of UK secondary school pupils had been offered drugs*. However, because something is common, doesn’t mean it should be accepted as the “norm”. There are still just as many good reasons, perhaps more now, for why drug and substance experimentation, use and ultimately dependence are not good choices.

Please read through the following pages which we hope will help you to determine whether you or a loved one is in need of further help. Make contact with those who can offer professional, non-judgemental support and do it now.

Resist the temptation to “freak out”, or if you are a parent, grandparent or carer, to blame yourself. The best course of action now is to look to the future and the hope that it holds. There will be a time to deal with the how, the why, even the when, buts and maybe’s – but this isn’t it.

Just as choosing to experiment with drugs can often happen in a split second; at a party, with friends, out and about – choosing to do something about it must be just as immediate. Do it now. Do it today.