A tiny percentage of Scotland’s population has drug dependency issues. However, the impact this has on family, friends, our health service, the law, our economy and society is disproportionate.
Drug misuse can lead to drug deaths and complications such as Hepatitis C. Rehabilitation and treatment can be costly, time consuming and is often controversial.
Over 90% of the adult population consume alcohol. Drinking tends to be associated with good times like parties and events and is often used as a ‘release’, for example, at the end of a hard week at work.
If consumed in moderation, at the right time and place, alcohol can be compatible with a healthy lifestyle. Some people decide to be ‘teetotal’. That’s their choice and it should always be respected.
Smoking in Scotland continues to decline with one in five adults who are cigarette smokers. More men than women smoke and the highest smoking prevalence are for those adults aged 25 to 54. Smoking rates are higher in areas of deprivation and for people living in poverty.
Problem gambling doesn’t just affect adults. There are an estimated 127,500 people aged under 24 with a gambling problem in the UK.
The rate of problem gambling is over three times as high in young people as it is in adults. However it has consistently been shown that young people do not seek help for gambling problems.
Useful Local Links
Do you feel in crisis? Go to Moodjuice for fast and direct access to self-help. This site is designed to help you think about emotional problems and work towards solving them. Emotional problems are often the mind and body’s way of saying that something needs to be changed in our life.
Signpost Recovery is a doorstep access community drug & alcohol service. Signpost offers informal appointments and drop-ins to anyone living in, or registered with a GP in the Forth Valley area. They provide a non-judgmental service aimed at helping you recover and get drug and or alcohol free. Even if you do not have a problem using alcohol or another drug but are close to someone who has, we can advise you.
Useful National Links
Anyone can feel down or depressed from time to time. It helps to get some Breathing Space. You are not alone and talking about how you feel is a positive first step in getting help. So don’t let problems get out of hand, phone Breathing Space where.
Cruse is committed to breaking the stigma around grief and ensuring that everyone, no matter how old or young, can access the highest quality support following a bereavement.
Samaritans provide confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair, including those which could lead to suicide.
SDRC is an independent charity established to drive and promote Recovery for individuals, family members and communities affected by drugs across Scotland.