Substance misuse advice and support
On this page:
- Who can have these services?
- Will I have to pay towards these services?
- How to access these services (adults):
- How to access these services (children and young people):
- Rehabilitation service
- Who can have this service?
- Will I have to pay towards this service?
- How to get this service
- Waltham Forest Strategic Commissioning Team
- Our plans for 2013/14
- Directory of drug and alcohol treatment and support services
- Get help to get back into work - Going the Distance
Strategic Commissioning is responsible for commissioning substance misuse treatment services that deliver preventative and treatment interventions for adults in Waltham Forest. For young people, this is commissioned by the Childrens Trust.
If you are experiencing problems because of your use of drugs or alcohol and have made a decision to do something about this, there are services which can help. Staff can help you look at reasons why drugs and alcohol are affecting your life and how to regain control.
Who can have these services?
- Waltham Forest residents
- have a Community Care Assessment which shows you need this service
- you want to do something about your alcohol or drug problem
Will I have to pay towards these services?
How to access these services (adults):
For services regarding drug use and or alcohol use and drug/alcohol problems combined with mental health issues contact:
Community Drug and Alcohol Team
Thorpe Coombe Hospital
714 Forest Road
Walthamstow E17 3HP
Tel 0300 555 1241
Drop in times Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9.30am-3.45pm.
How to access these services (children and young people):
The 722 Young People Service is specifically designed to listen to young people's concerns and tackle any drug and alcohol rlated issues.
722 High Road Leytonstone
Leytonstone E11 3AJ
Tel 0208 496 5020
Opening times: Monday - Friday 9am - 5pm
Residential Rehabilitation is an integral part of any drug and alcohol treatment systems.
If you need help to stop using drugs or have a serious alcohol problem you may need to spend some time away from home in order to get help.
- To become abstinent from drugs/alcohol and to maintain this in a safe, structured environment
- To become abstinent from drug/alcohol and maintain level of abstinence
- To acquire appropriate coping mechanisms
- To learn to manage cravings
- To improve the ability to face the realities of life and eliminate the need to use drugs/alcoholas an escape.
- To regain self control and improve social functioning.
Who can have this service?
- you must be at least 18 years of age and Waltham Forest resident
- you will need to have been assessed by the Community Drugs and Alcohol Team, Social Worker or Probation officer as needing this service
Will I have to pay towards this service?
We do charge for this service. We will tell you how much this is likely to be (if at all) as part of your Community Care Assessment. See Community Care Charges for details.
How to get this service
If you have children who need to go with you, one of our Children and Families Social Workers will need to assess your family’s needs. Contact one of our local Social Services Offices.
If you do not need to take children with you, the following can give you advice:
- Your probation officer
- Our local Social Services Offices
Waltham Forest Strategic Commissioning Team
We want to address the problems caused by drug and alcohol misuse in Waltham Forest. Drugs and alcohol misuse has a devastating impact on the health and lives of individuals, families and communities, and is a significant cause of crime.
The Joint Commissioning Group is a partnership with representatives from the Council, Police, Health, Probation and Job Centre Plus (JCP) in Waltham Forest are working to reduce harm that drugs and alcohol cause.
The Strategic Commissioning Team is responsible for commissioning treatment services that are preventative, providing a recovery-oriented treatment system with an explcit focus on achieving successful and substance free outcome for adult service users.
The four key objectives of the Waltham Forest Strategic Commissioning Team are:
- Preventing harm to children, young people and families affected by drug and alcohol misuse
- Delivering new approaches to drug/alcohol treatment and social re-integration
- Engaging communities through communication and public information
- Promoting safe drug use, sensible and responsible drinking
The work of the Waltham Forest Strategic Commissioning team includes:
- Commissioning drug and alcohol support and treatment services for the borough
- Commissioning services to reduce drug related crime
- Delivering preventative strategies to young people at risk of problematic drug and alcohol use
- Working in partnership with the community and other agencies to assess the drug support needs of Waltham Forest residents
- Consulting with service users and carers to better understand and meet their service needs
- Working in partnership with the police and other agencies to reduce the impact and harm on the community of drug dealing and using
We operate a FREE 24 hour drugs helpline for anyone worried about their own or someone else's drug use. Call Freephone 0800 294 2422.
Our plans for 2013/14
We are working to help reduce drug and alcohol related harm. We are remodelling and retendering the whole substance misuse treatment service.
The Strategic Commissioning Team in partnership with Community Safety is responsible for delivering preventative and treatment interventions for the Childrens Trust and adults making treatment services more accessible to offenders to help reduce their drug use and involvement in crime.
We aim to ensure
- A sustainable reduction in drug-related harm
- Fewer people develop drug problems
- That we can intervene early to prevent and reduce harms caused by drugs to those most at risk
- That those who do have drug problems receive the effective treatment and support they need
- That communities are relieved of drug-related crime and anti-social behaviour
Directory of drug and alcohol treatment and support services
The directory is for people with drug or alcohol problems who live in the borough, their families, friends and carers.
Other local people and professionals may also find the directory useful.
This directory provides details of local organisations working specifically with problematic drug and alcohol users, as well as some national organisations and helplines.
For more information: Drug and Alcohol Support Services
Get help to get back into work - Going the Distance
Going the Distance is an employment and skills project.
We support people who have had drug or alcohol problems, or who have been drug-using offenders in Waltham Forest, get back into work. The project provides support and access to:
- Voluntary work
- Short courses
- Searching and applying for jobs
- Improving skills
If you are interested in joining Going the Distance, speak to your treatment provider.
If you are not receiving treatment and are worried about your own or someone else’s drug use, for help and advice call the FREE 24 hour drugs helpline 0800 294 2422.
Going The Distance
London Borough of Waltham Forest
2nd Floor, Cedar Wood House
2d Fulbourne Road
Walthamstow E17 4GG
Tel 020 8496 3000
Leyton Orient Community Sports Programme
Positive Futures provides a community based programme of sport and leisure activities that builds relationships with young people who are not engaged in services.
For further information about the programme contact Sab Bham.
Tel 020 8556 5973
Drug awareness in schools and other education settings
Our drugs education programme provide opportunities for pupils and students to develop their knowledge of drugs and their effects
We are supporting schools and other education settings such as colleges to develop programmes and policies and provide central training for teachers, together with one to one support, where appropriate to ensure the delivery of high quality drug education.
We also co-ordinate the work of outside agencies who deliver substance misuse interventions in schools.
For further information contact Mary Neilson PHSE lead Drug/SRE Advisor.
Tel 020 8496 3000