Self-help and substance misuse
Insufficient evidence – there either hasn’t been any research on this treatment option or there is a small amount of evidence with unclear conclusions.
Self-help can include engaging with voluntary groups such as Narcotics Anonymous or completing internet-based self-help programmes.
Although self-help is often used by adults it should not be offered as your only treatment for substance misuse. Any self-help resources or groups you are offered as part of a treatment should be specifically designed for your age group.
Treatments outlined on these webpages may not be available in every local area. It’s important that you discuss with your GP or mental health professional the treatment options available to you. You can also search for services near you on our Youth Wellbeing Directory and find out more about referral processes here.