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 (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.
Care Navigation Scheme: many people with substance use problems find it difficult to speak to their GP. Together with the NHS, the East Sussex Veterans’ Hub have created a Care Navigation Scheme to help you find the care you need.
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 in recovering from crack and opiate use. It helps beginners with deep relaxation techniques and onward support.
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.
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, contact the SWIFT Specialist Family Service. SWIFT provides a wide range of effective intensive, specialist assessment and 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.
If you are under 19 and have issues with drugs, or you are concerned about a child and substance misuse, visit FRANK for advice.
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.
Your voice matters
Project ADDER is also commissioning a community engagement project to give a voice to the wider Hastings community. Full details will be published once they are finalised.