If you, or a young person close to you has a concern or problem with alcohol or drugs, there are a range of services in Somerset to offer support and help.
These services are divided into three main levels, or ‘tiers’, of responses:
Tier 1 – advice and information
Advice and information about drugs and alcohol is provided, and signposting to other help if it is needed, including help for young people who may be affected by parents’ or carers’ drug or alcohol use.
The service is provided by staff from a range of organisations across the county, including health centres, schools, early years’ provision, family support, social work and others
You can find web links offering confidential information and advice, including where to get more help, on the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership website: www.somersetdap.org.uk
For information about alcohol:
For information about drugs:
Tier 2 – brief interventions
If young people are using drugs or alcohol and experiencing some problems, they can be offered screening or an assessment to help to identify what is going on and who and what can help. Young people may then be offered:
- Advice and information
- Brief interventions to help them identify and make changes to their use and find alternatives
- Harm reduction advice
- Referral to more specialist services such as Tier 3 drug/alcohol treatment if needed, and support to access and engage with that service
- Relapse prevention work.
The service is provided by staff from a wide range of agencies and voluntary groups who are young people-focused with some drug and alcohol experience, including youth workers, counsellors, student support in schools and colleges, school nurses and supported housing workers.
Also, specifically in Further Education Colleges in Somerset, and the Somerset Targeted Youth Support Service.
In Further Education Colleges there are staff trained to work to Tier 2 level and can support students with drug and alcohol problems.
Contact details are:
- Somerset College - Keira Pound on 01823 366402 or Helen Carpenter on 01823 366520
- Yeovil College - Student Support Services on 01935 423921
- Strode College - Student Support Centre on 01458 844545
- Bridgwater College - Health Promotions Team on 01278 441266
- Richard Huish - Clare Pinney on 01823 320800
Targeted Youth Support Service (TYSS) work with young people aged 13 to 19 years old, where drug and alcohol problems are beginning to affect their lives.
TYSS has four area teams covering Somerset:
- TYSS Mendip
- TYSS South Somerset
- TYSS Sedgemoor
- TYSS Taunton Deane and West Somerset
The phone number for the TYSS teams is 01458 440820
Tier 3 – Drug and Alcohol treatment interventions
If young people are using drugs or alcohol regularly and in a way that is putting them at risk, they can access structured treatment interventions provided by specialist staff. They can include:
- Psychosocial interventions
- More specialist harm reduction work
- Needle exchange
- Substitute prescribing
- Detoxification and access to residential rehabilitation if needed.
Housing support including accommodation and mediation/crisis support is also available.
The service is provided by staff in Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), including their dedicated young people’s recovery workers. They work with young people of any age, and with adults. They work closely with other services and will support a young person to transfer to other services if needed.
Contact details for SDAS:
Phone: 0300 303 87 88 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
There are details about local services and lots of other useful information for adults, young people, families, carers and friends and professionals on the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership website www.somersetdap.org.uk.
Somerset Drug and Alcohol Partnership plans, commissions and monitors the Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS), and can be contacted on 01823 357111 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org