If you are a student struggling with drug misuse or addiction, it's important to know that you are not alone, and help is available. Taking the first step to seek support can be challenging, but reaching out is a crucial part of your journey towards recovery and well-being. This guide provides information on various strategies and resources to support you through this difficult time.

  • NEScol Counselling Services: Trained professionals who can help you talk about your struggles and explore potential solutions. NEScol counsellors can provide a safe and confidential space to discuss your concerns and may offer guidance on seeking external resources.
  • Community Support Groups: Consider joining support groups that are specifically designed for people facing drug misuse or addiction. These groups offer a sense of community, understanding, and encouragement from peers who have experienced similar challenges. Connecting with others who can relate to your experiences can be immensely beneficial.
  • Online Resources: Numerous online platforms and websites provide valuable information and support for individuals dealing with drug misuse or addiction. Websites like the ‘Alcohol  and Drugs Action’ & Mental Health Services such as SAMH (Scottish Association for Mental Health) offer resources, helplines, and treatment locators to help you find nearby support services.
  • National Helplines: Several helpline numbers are available to provide support and guidance for those struggling with drug misuse or addiction. Helplines are confidential and staffed by trained professionals who can listen, provide information, and offer resources for treatment and recovery.
  • Treatment Centres and Professionals: Reach out to local treatment centres and mental health professionals specializing in substance abuse. They can assist you in developing a personalised recovery plan and provide appropriate care and counselling to help you overcome your challenges.
  • Family and Friends: Don't hesitate to lean on your family and friends for support. Talking to someone you trust about your struggles can be a significant step in the healing process. Loved ones can offer understanding and encouragement as you work towards recovery.
  • Self-Care: Prioritise self-care in your journey towards recovery. Engage in activities that bring you joy, practice mindfulness or meditation, and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Taking care of your physical and emotional well-being is essential during this time.

Reaching out for help when facing drug misuse or addiction is a courageous decision. Remember that there are numerous resources and support systems available to guide you through this challenging phase of your life. Utilise NEScol counselling services, seek support from peer groups, access online resources and helplines, and consider professional treatment options. Above all, remember that recovery is possible, and taking the first step towards seeking help is a significant stride towards a healthier and brighter future.


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