Admitting you have a problem is the first and biggest step in
overcoming drug and alcohol addiction.
In Kent there's a wide range of drug and alcohol treatment
services that can help.
For those looking for a drug or
alcohol treatment service please go to the get help pages.
KDAAT commissions drug and alcohol
treatment services across the county from a number of
organisations. These organisations provide a range
of treatment options, such as advice and information,
drop-in services, structured treatment services, counselling and
medical treatments for drug or alcohol withdrawal.
This section aims to explain what
treatment is, how it works and why young peoples commissioning is
different to that of adults.
The most common entry into drug and
alcohol treatment services is by self referral. Adults in Kent can
seek treatment via their GP, health professionals or local
treatment services. Depending on the level of need treatment will
be in the form of ‘brief interventions’, a structured programme or
in-patient services. Harm reduction techniques and information is
also given to all service users. This enables workers to ensure
that those accessing service remain in the best possible health,
thereby reducing the burden of drug and alcohol misuse on the NHS.
Detailed information can be found in the adult treatment pages.
Young people’s services are
significantly different from adults. This is because young people's
drug and alcohol misuse is normally part of risk taking behaviour.
Services in this area cover treatment, but are also aimed at
prevention. Projects and activities that connect vulnerable or high
risk young people to experienced youth workers help inform and
support these individuals, allowing them to make informed decision
drugs and alcohol. More detailed information can be found on
Drug and alcohol misuse is closely linked to crime. We work with
the Criminal Justice service to ensure that people identified by
the police or prison services as in need can access treatment
services and overcome their dependencies. To find out more explore