Drugs and alcohol

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Drugs and alcohol use

Justine explains the term 'dual diagnosis' and outlines the support you can expect to receive from Oxleas if you decide to use our services.

My name is Justine Trippier, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust’s Nurse Consultant, Dual Diagnosis.

The term dual diagnosis refers to people diagnosed with mental health problems, who also use illicit drugs or alcohol. It may, for instance, include someone diagnosed with a psychotic illness who uses street drugs, or someone who is depressed and drinking heavily or using stimulant drugs (such as amphetamine or cocaine) in order to feel more socially confident.

People with mental ill-health who also use drugs or alcohol may face extra difficulties such as family and work problems, physical ill-health and prejudice.

Oxleas is working to reduce the harm that drug and/or alcohol can cause and improve people’s experience of our services.

If you decide to use our services we will ask you about your past and present drug and alcohol use including:

  • What substances you use and how much
  • Whether you think your use is a problem
  • What you would like to change about your use.

We’ll openly discuss your use of drugs and/or alcohol and how it affects your mental health – we won’t judge you. We won’t tell you to stop either, but will help you to plan to cut down or stop when you are ready.

Staff will give you advice and information about any harm or risks associated with your use. They will listen to you and help you make choices  - and respect the decisions you make.

If you are an Oxleas service user, and would like help with any aspect of your drug and alcohol use, please speak to your car coordinator, psychiatrist, or nurse who will explore options with you.

If you don’t feel you want help for your mental health, but would like support for your drug and or alcohol use, you can ask you GP for details of local services, or call NHS Direct on 08 45 46 47.

The term dual diagnosis refers to people diagnosed with mental health problems, who also use illicit drugs or alcohol.

Oxleas provides services for people who want help with their use of drugs and/or alcohol. The trust’s approach is to provide information and advice, and help as requested, but not to lecture you or tell you what to do. Our aim is to reduce the harm that drugs and/or alcohol can cause and improve people’s experience of our services.