Substance use can easily become problematic and start negatively affecting your life. Think that could never happen for you? Try answering a few questions in our CRAFFT assessment below to see if you are at risk of this happening.

  • C– Have you ever ridden in a CAR driven by someone (including yourself) who was ‘high’ or had been using alcohol or drugs?
  • R– Do you ever use alcohol/drugs to RELAX, feel better about yourself, or fit in?
  • A– Do you ever use alcohol/drugs while you are by yourself, ALONE
  • F– Do you ever FORGET things you did while using alcohol or drugs?
  • F-Do your FAMILY or FRIENDS ever tell you that you should cut down on your drinking or drug use?
  • T– Have you ever got into TROUBLE while you were using alcohol or drugs?

If you answered yes to two or more questions and you want to talk to someone about what you can do to make things better, you can drop in to our Advice Centre without making an appointment and speak in confidence to one of our trained workers.

We have a range of support available – you might be able to receive specialist support, counselling and activities through our DASH service. We also provide support in schools and colleges in Southampton through our BUZZ service, where we deliver lessons, assemblies and outreach sessions to young people aged 14 to 15 to educate them about the risks involved in drinking alcohol or using substances.


DASH (Drugs, Alcohol Support and Health) is a service for young people under the age of 25 who would like support with their drugs or alcohol use. The DASH team can give you a wide range of information, advice, support and counselling around any substances you’re using, their effects and risks, as well as how to keep yourself safe. You can receive one-to-one support with your own DASH support worker at home, in your school, college or university, or in a place where you feel most comfortable.

If you decide you’d like to change your substance using habits, the DASH team can also get you involved in a range of activities such as therapeutic groups, sports and cooking sessions. Harm reduction advice and needle exchange is also offered to young people under the age of 25 who are supported by the DASH service.

The DASH service also runs a free and confidential support group for young people who are struggling with their drug and/or alcohol use. The sessions cover a range of topics, including anxiety and anger, emotional literacy, healthy relationships, relapse prevention and harm reduction, as well as self-care, creative arts and other activities. To find out more or to be referred to the DASH Support Group, please get in touch.


The DASH team also deliver BUZZ session, which are lessons, assemblies and outreach sessions delivered at schools, youth clubs, community centres and other youth groups across Southampton to young people aged 14 to 15 years old. Buzz sessions involve young people in discussions about the risks involved in drinking alcohol or using substances in order to equip them with the information they need to make healthy choices. There is an emphasis on exploring ways they can enjoy themselves without substances by participating in alternative activities.

The staff always have time for me

I find it really helpful to come in when I’m struggling with my mental health and just chat to the staff, it stops me doing something stupid.

Kai, 23

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