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Substance Abuse

Substance abuse is the harmful pattern of using substances—such as tobacco, alcohol, illicit drugs, and prescription drugs.

The use of both legal and illegal drugs among teenagers and young adults is renowned. Teenagers are likely to experiment, test boundaries and take risks. Smoking, drinking and trying drugs are some of the most common ways in which many young people do this.

However, substance misuse is also one of the most common risks to a young person’s health and development. All drugs have the potential to cause harm, some can be addictive, and using drugs in combination can increase the risks. Legal drugs such as alcohol and tobacco can be very addictive. Illegal drugs include cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.

There are things you can do as a parent to help your child develop a healthy and informed relationship with alcohol and drugs. But if you think your child may be using alcohol or drugs to help them cope with difficult feelings or mental health issues, speak to your GP for professional advice.

  • ADT Healthcare offers a free helpline dedicated to helping women and families suffering from drug, alcohol and mental health issues. ADT Healthcare was established in 2011 by people who overcame drug and alcohol addiction themselves

Advice for parents from Young Minds


We are delighted to be working with the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation, who have presented to all students across the school - and to our parents via an online workshop.  The below is a recording of the parent workshop which gives a thought provoking insight to the world of drugs and the impact it can have on young people. The world for young people is a very different place than it was for their parents, including in their vulnerability to risk from drugs and alcohol, and this workshop provides a great opportunity for you as a parent or carer to become more aware of what issues face your children, and what you can do to help them stay safe.

The workshop outlines:
• levels of young people’s exposure to drugs and alcohol – what, where, when and how
• what young people, and their parents and carers, need to know about the risks of drugs and alcohol
• factors that affect young people’s decisions about drugs and alcohol, including teenage brain development
• how to have effective conversations with your child, and practical suggestions for what you can do to support them to stay safe
• where to go for more information and support.

The DSM Foundation was set up by Fiona and Tim Spargo-Mabbs in 2014 after the tragic death of their 16-year old son Daniel as a result of taking ecstasy. The aim of the charity is to support young people to make safe choices about drugs, and they work with students, teachers, parents/carers and professionals in schools, colleges and community organisations across the UK.


Drugs Awareness Booklet (HYPE)