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Alcohol issues and getting help

Alcohol problem or concerns

If you've come this far, you already have concerns about your alcohol use. The check how much alcohol you drink questionnaire can help you to decide if you are drinking too much.

Take our questionnaire

Alcohol Pathway Team

The Alcohol Pathway Team provide a free confidential community treatment service. We treat people with moderate, severe and alcohol dependence problems.

We work with clients to achieve their chosen goal. This can be alcohol reduction or abstinence.

The service is an appointment based service. Email us or phone us on +44 (0) 1534 445008 as we can't guarantee someone will be able to see you if you attend without an appointment.

Our team includes: 

  • Nurse Manager
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Alcohol Liaison Nurses
  • Detoxification Nurses
  • Counselling Psychologist
  • Social Worker
  • young persons worker for under 25

Referral to us

We have an open referral system. You can refer yourself by emailing us or calling on +44 (0) 1534 445008. We also accept referrals from GPs and other health professionals. Every afternoon, we allocate a team member to respond to all enquiries.

Get help

If you're worried about your drinking, there's plenty of help and support available. You can:

What to expect 

When you refer yourself

We ask you some screening questions over the telephone, which:

  • establishes your drinking risk level
  • gives you the opportunity to discuss the problems you may be experiencing
  • allows us to allocate a key worker to you who has skills in your particular needs

We give you brief advice and explain the treatment services available. This may mean signposting you to other services where appropriate. If you choose to enter treatment, we make an appointment for you to see a specialist nurse with 14 working days. 

Referral by your GP or other health professional

We make an appointment for you to see a specialist nurse within 14 working days of receipt of the referral.

Your first appointment session will last for one hour. Any follow up appointments usually last 30 minutes.

Clinic locations

We hold clinics at the following venues:

  • Alcohol and Drug Service, Stopford Road
  • Castle Quay Medical Practice, St Helier
  • Cleveland Clinic, St Helier
  • Co-operative Medical Care, St Helier
  • Health Plus, St Helier
  • Indigo House Medical Practice, St Helier
  • Jersey General Hospital Outpatient Department
  • Lister House Surgery, St Helier
  • Salvation Army café clinic rooms
If you're registered at one of the above GP practices, we will see you there. If you're registered with other GP practices, we will see you in the other community venues.

Disabled access

All locations, except the Alcohol and Drugs Service in Stopford Road, have disabled access and toilet facilities.

Types of treatment available 

If you want to cut down or stop your drinking, we provide:

  • a comprehensive assessment of your alcohol use
  • specialist one to one support and advice to help you achieve your goals safely
  • treatment options and medication where indicated
  • one to one or group sessions to prevent you relapsing into previous drinking patterns

Alcohol detoxification 

After prolonged and heavy daily use of alcohol, you may be dependant. This can mean that you get withdrawal symptoms when you stop. You can find out more about alcohol withdrawal symptoms on the drinkaware website. If you are dependent on alcohol, we advise you to get advice before reducing your intake. This is because stopping drinking suddenly can be dangerous or life threatening.

If you have withdrawal symptoms, we may offer you supervised alcohol detoxification. This can be at home or other venues, depending on your needs. Both options involve daily medication over a period of five to 10 days, with close supervision and support available.

GP health checks

If you are getting help because of your alcohol use, it's a good idea to get a health check at your GP.

Referral to residential rehab

If you want to stay alcohol free but feel you need more intensive and structured support in a residential setting, Silkworth Lodge offers a 12 step recovery programme. We can make a referral for you. For more information about their services, visit the Silkworth Charity Group website.

Helping someone with an alcohol problem

If you're worried about a friend or family member, we can offer you advice and information. The person you are worried about must contact us directly to get help.

​If you'​re a family member, friend or partner of someone who’s drinking is affecting you, you can find support at AL-Anon Jersey Family Groups. They hold local meetings to support people affected by someone else’s drinking. You can call them on +44 (0) 1534 870924.

You can also get help from Silkworth Charity Group website who have a support service for families.

 

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