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Help with addiction to crack cocaine or opiates

You don’t have to be taking crack cocaine or opiates every day to be addicted to them. A sign of addiction is that you’ve tried to cut down or stop but are unable to.

If drug use is damaging your relationships, work, money situation or health, it is important that you get help.

We know that many people with drug addiction find it difficult to speak to their GP. That is why drug and alcohol support is also available within the community, via services often supported by people who have experienced addiction themselves.

Change, Grow, Live – Hastings – STAR Drugs and Alcohol Service

Change, Grow, Live (CGL) helps people with difficult lives. You can talk to people who have had similar experiences and can provide guidance on your road to recovery.

The Women's Hub is a trauma informed service open to all who identify as female. They work in collaboration with Seaview and other services including sexual health nurses and complex needs workers offering advice and information, assessment, acupuncture, clothes bank, access to hygiene products, support with Rehab referrals,  creative group and yoga. The service runs every Tuesday 10am-3pm at The Quakers Building, 5 South Terrace. Please contact Rachel.Payne@cgl.org.uk for more information, no referral needed. 

Find out more about the STAR Drug and Alcohol service

East Sussex Veterans’ Hub

Prison In-Reach Service: East Sussex Veterans' Hub has been commissioned to deliver a Prison In- Reach service. If you know someone who is due to be released from prison, they will be contacted and receive support as they integrate back into the community. 

Thrive Alive Meditation is a meditation programme provided by the East Sussex Veterans' Hub for people recovering from crack and opiate use. It helps beginners with deep relaxation techniques and onward support. 

Rural Activities: East Sussex Veterans Hub offer a range of activities to air recovery, from bushcraft away days, to special workshops such as woodcarving, all aimed at creating new experiences and enjoyment within a rural setting. Service user workshops may be arranged through support agencies such as CGL, Seaview and Emerging Futures. 

Seaview – Practical Services for Complex Lives

The Seaview RADAR (Refocus, Assess, Develop, Activate, Recover) is a non-judgmental confidential service run by people who have gone through the process of recovery.

Youth Offending Team – East Sussex County Council

If you are a young person who has been convicted of a criminal offence or know of someone, you should contact the local Youth Offending Team (YOT) for help with preventing re-offending.

SWIFT Specialist Family Service

If your drug use means you risk having your children taken into care, ask your social worker to refer you to SWIFT Specialist Family Service. SWIFT provides a wide range of effective intensive, specialist assessment and support.

Hastings Borough Council – housing support

Hastings Borough Council offers support for people who are homeless or at risk of being homeless. If you are in prison or in hospital and are about to be released, or at risk of being evicted, contact the council immediately.

FRANK – Honest advice about drugs

If you are under 19 and have issues with drugs, or you are concerned about a child and substance misuse, visit FRANK for advice.

Counsellor recovery initiative – Counselling work

As part of Project ADDER, we have also launched a new Counsellor Recovery initiative offering counselling to people recovering from crack or opiates. You can get up to 12 weeks’ free counselling via Counselling Work, to address issues such as underlying trauma.

Sussex Police – report online
Organised criminal groups exploit vulnerable people, including children and those with drug dependencies. If you or think someone you know may be a victim of drug exploitation, contact Sussex Police by reporting online, or by calling 101. In an emergency, always call 999.

If you want support to stop and you don’t know where to start. You can also access support for drug addiction via the NHS, Drug addiction: getting help (NHS)

What is Project ADDER?

Project ADDER (Addiction, Diversion, Disruption, Enforcement and Recovery) has been launched by the Home Office to tackle drug use and dependency. The area of focus for East Sussex is Hastings, which has one of the highest drug-related death rates in England.

Through Project Adder we are working with a number of agencies and charities to provide education and support to people affected by drug use and find a route out of dependency that is right for them.

Nyxoid nasal Naloxone spray can help save a life

Nyxoid is a single-dose nasal spray which contains Naloxone and is used to temporarily reverse the effects of an overdose to opioid drugs (such as heroin, methadone, fentanyl, oxycodone, buprenorphine or morphine).

It should be carried by anyone at risk of overdosing from an opioid, as well as carers, close family or friends and local businesses however you must complete the first aid training first.

Book your online training session here. 

Click on these two videos to find out more about what naloxone is, its importance and how to use Nyxoid.

How much do you know about Naloxone?

Nyxoid nasal spray training video

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