Alcohol, drugs and substance misuse
In Kent there are a number of organisations that provide drug and alcohol treatment, including:
- advice and information
- drop in services
- structured treatment services
- medical treatments for drug or alcohol withdrawal
- harm reduction techniques and information.
Most adults starting treatment will refer themselves. This can be done through your GP, health professional or by contacting a local treatment centre. When you speak to the support services you will have someone who will get to know you and your situation so you have the right kind of treatment and help.
Alcohol and drug support and treatment services
Depending on where you live in Kent, you will be able to find support to help you.
East Kent services
For those living in East Kent (Ashford, Canterbury, Dover, Folkestone and Hythe, Swale and Thanet) contact The Forward Trust.
Alternatively, you can use their free, confidential online chat service Reach Out. The online chat service is available Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm (excluding bank holidays).
West Kent services
If you live in West Kent (Dartford, Gravesham and Swanley, Maidstone, Sevenoaks, Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge and Malling) contact Change, Grow, Live:
- call 0330 128 1113
- visit the Change, Grow, Live website
- email WestKent.FirstStep@cgl.org.uk
- complete our online referral form
Alcohol support for all of Kent
Through One You Kent local services, there are resources out there to support you reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.
Check out the apps and online information or fill in a referral form to speak to a One You Kent advisor. There are checks to see how much you’re drinking and the impact it could be having on your health. Go to:
Drug support for all of Kent
If you administer medicines yourself you are responsible for getting rid of needles, syringes and other medical waste.