Dyfed Drug & Alcohol Services (DDAS) logoDyfed Drug & Alcohol Services (DDAS) – 0330 363 9997 – confidential@d-das.co.uk - 25 North Parade, Aberystwyth, SY23 2JN & 39 St Mary Street, Cardigan, SA43 1EU. Tier 2 Single point of contact is available for use by drug & alcohol users, families & professionals. All referrals for Dyfed’s substance misuse treatment system can come through this service.

NHS Wales logoCeredigion Community Drug & Alcohol Team (CCDAT) – 01970 636340 – Gorwelion, Aberystwyth. Referrals through Dyfed Drug & Alcohol single point of access. Provision of structured Tier 3 treatment services. Interventions include substitute prescribing, community detoxification, referral to Tier 4 services, psychological, psychosocial therapies.

Ceredigion County Council crestCeredigion Social Care Substance Misuse Team – 01545 574000 – Penmorfa, Aberaeron, SA46 0PA. All referrals are received through Dyfed Drug & Alcohol Single point of access. The team provides Tier 3 complex needs and Tier 4 Specialist Treatment assessments, consultation for substance misuse agencies & social work departments. Specialist Parental Assessments & Liaison work with other agencies throughout the County. Services are provided in partnership between Ceredigion County Council, Hywel Dda Health Board, Wales Probation Trust & the Third Sector.

Choices logoDrugaid's Choices Service - 01554 755779 - offers support, preventative and harm reduction information, and therapeutic and practical interventions to children, young people and families in relation to the use of drugs and alcohol. Choices deliver outreach campaigns and offer training and ongoing consultancy and support to universal, targeted and specialist services.

There are lots of online resources which give advice and information about drug & alcohol including some self-help resources. Here are some useful places to look:

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Substance Misuse Services in Ceredigion aim to reduce the harm caused to the individual, their family, friends and the community, by providing assessment, care management and a variety of community interventions and access to in patient and residential treatment.

Services are provided by Ceredigion County Council, Hywel Dda Health Authority and Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Service (DDAS), and all referrals to the Adult Substance Misuse services are via DDAS - 0330 363 9997.

What is substance misuse?

Substance misuse is the continued use of drugs or alcohol despite negative consequences to the individual using, their friends, family and the community. All substance use has the potential to cause health, social and criminal consequences.

The most commonly used substances are alcohol, nicotine and cannabis, others include stimulants such as amphetamine, opiates such as heroin and depressants such as valium.

What causes substance misuse?

Substance use often starts when people are young and influenced by friends and family. Most people’s use will reduce as they get older, but for others it can become a problem. While initially they may have enjoyed the effects, they may find it increasingly difficult to enjoy life without substance use.

Some people may find that substance use helps them to deal with difficulties in their lives, and this can often lead to increased use. Substance use itself may then cause problems for the individual, financially or within their relationships influencing them to use more, creating a vicious circle.

Some people use substances to manage physical or emotional pain, often while providing short term relief, the substance use will have long term negative consequences.

What problems are caused by substance misuse?

Increased use of drugs or alcohol can lead to physical and/or psychological dependence making it harder for the individual to stop using despite the consequences.

Substance misuse can have severe consequences to the individuals physical and mental health, it can lead to family breakdown, financial difficulty, homelessness, arrest, unemployment and in some instances death.

Tiers explained:

  • Tier 1 – information and advice, screening and referral to specialist drug treatment services, provided by non-drug specialists
  • Tier 2 - information and advice by specialist drug services, triage assessment, referral to structured drug treatment, brief psychosocial interventions, harm reduction services (such as needle exchange) and aftercare
  • Tier 3 - community-based drug assessment and structured treatment (including community prescribing, psychosocial interventions, and day programmes)
  • Tier 4 - residential treatment, such as NHS inpatient units and voluntary sector rehabilitation units