Support for young people and families

Are you worried about someone else’s drinking?

Alcohol misuse can be disruptive to social relationships and can place strain on family, friends and work colleagues affected by someone else’s drinking. Sometimes, it can also be difficult to know where to go or who to ask for help. If you live in the Wakefield district and are concerned about someone else, please contact with one of the agencies below.

Talking to someone about their alcohol use can be difficult, but it might be the first step in helping a friend or loved one get the support they need.

If you’re worried about an adult who might be struggling with alcohol or substance use, contact Inspiring Recovery, on 0300 123 1912This service can provide:

  • Alcohol detoxification support
  • Wellbeing screening and vaccinations
  • Talking therapy
  • Detoxification and Prescription Services

To contact Inspiring Recovery and find out where to access local support, please visit the Wellbeing Cloud. 

In the Wakefield District, anyone seeking support for a person under 18 can contact:

CGL Wakefield Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service:  0808 169 9711

This free service offers

  • One to one support for young people affected by substance misuse
  • Group work sessions which provide education and advice to reduce or prevent the harm associated with drug and alcohol use.
  • Specialist training programmes for professionals.
  • Support for parents and families who are concerned about the drug and alcohol use of a young person.

National guidance advises that an alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option. However, if children do drink underage, it should not be until at least the age of 15 years. Talking honestly with children and young people about the risks of alcohol can help them make positive choices for the future.

Substance misuse can also have a harmful effect on families and loved ones.

GASPED, a Wakefield-based charity, provides support for families affected by substance misuse, including:

  • A confidential helpline – 0845 146 0002
  • Drop-in service for people who need help and support immediately
  • Person-centered counselling
  • Complementary therapies
  • Respite days out
  • A network of family and carer community-based support groups