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‘Turning Point’, a registered charity, provides advice, information & support for all drug & alcohol problems – this includes carer support. The service is confidential and free, and provides services for people with complex needs – including those affected by drug & alcohol misuse, mental health problems and those with a learning disability.

‘Turning Point’ is available throughout Somerset. Contact the number below to find your local centre.

Turning Point: freephone 0800 389 8049


If you experience or have been diagnosed as having a mental health problem and your drug use or drinking is causing you further problems, you can get support from your local Community Mental Health Team (CMHT).

To find your local CMHT, contact Somerset Direct 0845 345 9133

Somerset Drugs Service (SDS) is a treatment service for people with substance misuse problems eg illegal drugs such as opiates & stimulants.

It is a statutory treatment service provided by Somerset Partnership NHS & Social Care Trust. The service works closely with their partner agency ‘Turning Point’.

SDS takes referrals from GP’s, Social Workers, and Probation Officers & Voluntary Agencies.

SDS community teams, across Somerset provide a range of services, including:

  • Comprehensive substance misuse assessment
  • Specialist prescribing for stabilization, maintenance & detoxification
  • Sexual/health education
  • Complimentary therapies & counselling
  • Structured group work
  • Relapse prevention
  • Training Programs

At present there is only one NHS team dedicated to alcohol treatment. This is the Mendip Alcohol Service and the situation is under review.

This team currently provides a range of treatment options, including a structured day care programme and has close links with Alcoholics Anonymous. The service is open 7 days a week.

For more information, contact Mendip Alcohol Team 01749 836 573

The Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) is a new service for drug users who have been involved with the Criminal Justice System. It is a service for those over 18, who have been in trouble with the law in the past 2 years (arrested, in prison, in contact with probation etc) and use drugs.

Contact DIP main office 01278 727 136, or 24/7 free helpline 0800 389 2080

If you want to speak to current or ex users, people with experience of having treatment themselves, then please call the Lynk on 01823 257 359

On the Level offers a free and confidential service for young people throughout Somerset , for anyone under 18 or parents/guardians seeking advice and information on drugs and/or alcohol.

Contact: 01749 675 766


Emergency Services

If you spend time with people who use drugs, you may have to face the fact that you could witness a life or death situation.

In emergencies call 999

If someone is UNCONSCIOUS after an overdose, there is nothing you can do to wake them up. The best hope of saving their life is to CALL AN AMBULANCE.


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National helplines:


 0800 917 8282

Refuge – Domestic Violence Helpline 0808 2000 247

National Drugs Helpline 0800 77 66 00

Saneline 0845 767 8000 - for people with a mental health problem and carers


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