Drug & Alcohol Services for Young People in Somerset
About services for young people
There are a range of services in Somerset for young people who may be using drugs or alcohol and need support and help to reduce the effects of that use.
These services are divided into three main levels or ‘tiers’ of responses
- Responses at the Tier 1 are focussed on providing information and advice and will signpost to other help if it is needed including help for young people whose lives are affected by parent or carers substance misuse.
- When a young person is using drugs or alcohol fairly regularly and may be having some problems, responses at Tier 2 aim to make sure a young person has accurate information about the risks involved and help them think about how it is affecting them and deliver brief interventions to identify and make changes in their use and find alternatives.
- Responses at Tier 3 are when a young person is certainly using drugs or alcohol heavily and taking too many risks which are likely to be seriously affecting them. Specific interventions such as needle exchange and substitute prescribing are delivered in these circumstances to reduce harm and risks, and support a young person to make positive changes. At this level supporting young people is a joint effort between different services to get the best outcomes for the young person.
a range of services in Somerset for young people