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Problems with drugs

In a world of apps and instant hook-ups it can be really easy for drugs, alcohol or sex to get out of control.

It might suddenly feel like you’ve gone from experimenting, or an occasional bit of fun, to something you now feel is taking over your sex and social life.

There might be other issues such as depression, relationship problems, work or money worrying you too.

Making changes can be difficult, especially when it comes to drugs. Whether you want to cut back a bit, be safer or quit entirely, getting some help can make a big difference. Friends and family can be a great source of support and there are local services which can help too.

Your GP

While you may not feel like your GP has the specialist knowledge to help you, they should be able to find someone who can. This might be a local drug service, free counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). They can also help with any issues like depression or anxiety.

Your GP can sign you off work as well if necessary.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are the largest peer support groups in the world. They’ve helped thousands of people to make long-term changes to quit drugs and alcohol. Check out their websites to find your nearest groups.

Sexual health clinics

Some sexual health clinics (especially in big cities) now have excellent integrated drug support services, tailored specifically towards gay men. In London, 56 Dean Street, Mortimer Market, and Burrell Street all have great services.

Drug services

There are some drug services set up to support the issues gay men may have around sex and drugs.

London Friend has a list of services for gay men, as well as a helpline where you can discuss your alcohol and drug issues.

Club Drug Clinic offers advice on recreational drugs, including detox programmes and specialist health checks and screenings.

NHS Choices can also help you find your local drug support service.

CGL also provide services for people who need help around their drug use across the UK.

Published: 24/08/2018
Next review: 24/08/2021