Drugs, alcohol and mental health - Getting help
How can I get help?
If you have a mental illness and use drugs, the NHS calls this 'dual diagnosis'. Your local NHS trust may have a policy that says how they will help people with dual diagnosis. Check on their website to see if you can find out more about what to expect locally.
If you are not already getting help with your mental health from your local mental health team, a good first step is to make an appointment to see your GP. Your GP may offer you medication and therapy to treat your mental illness. They may refer you to a drug and alcohol service to help you with your drug use.
If your needs are too complicated for your GP to deal with alone, you might need more specialist support. Mental health services should offer this and work with drug and alcohol services to give you all the help you need. The Department of Health says that people with dual diagnosis are a key group of people who should get from specialist mental health services.
There may be a 'Dual Diagnosis Team' in your area which helps people in your situation. However, not all NHS trusts have them. If there isn't one in your area, you could try contacting your local 'Community Mental Health Team' (CMHT) to see whether they can help you. However, you will need to be referred to the CMHT by your GP.
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