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Legal highs

Find out about the health risks of legal highs and when to seek medical help. Legal highs are substances that have similar effects to illegal drugs like cocaine or cannabis. They are sometimes called club drugs or new psychoactive substances (NPS). Many of these drugs are…

Cocaine addiction: get help

If cocaine is damaging your relationships, work, money situation or health you can get help to stop on the NHS. You don't have to be taking cocaine, or crack cocaine, every day to be addicted to it. One sign of addiction is that you have tried…

'My partner abused me'

One 28-year-old woman talks about her experience of domestic violence and reclaiming her life. "Four years ago, I moved to London, started a new job, and met Darren (not his real name). He was very charming and complimentary, and was always sending me flowers and…

Talking to children about feelings

If you're worried about a child, encouraging them to talk can be very helpful, whether you're a parent, grandparent, friend or teacher. If you think a child you know has a problem, it can be hard to know how to start talking to them about it.…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Heroin addiction: get help

If you're addicted to heroin and you want to stop, you can ask your GP or local drug treatment service for help. As someone with a drug addiction you are entitled to the same confidential NHS care as anyone else who has a health problem.…

How to talk to your child about drugs

It can be difficult to talk about drugs with your kids. Use these tips to help you talk openly with your child. 1. Don't panic If you find out that your child has tried drugs, your first reaction may be anger or panic. Wait until…

It's OK to say no

Don't feel awkward about saying no to sex or kissing, touching or any other sexual activity. 'No' is an important word in sex and relationships. Find out how you can say no. Nobody has the right to make you go further than you want to. You…

Your adopted child's health needs

Children adopted from care will have experienced trauma and loss, even if they were adopted shortly after birth. Some may have additional needs resulting from physical, mental or emotional problems or disabilities. When a possible match is suggested with you and a child, this is…

Treating addiction Q&A

Dr Gillian Tober, consultant psychologist and former president of the Society for the Study of Addiction, answers questions about treating addiction. When is it time to get help? The sooner the better. Some people say you have to hit rock bottom before you're ready to change,…