Local services may be able to help but they might not be focused specifically on the needs of gay men. That’s why we have also provided listings for LGBT and HIV charities for gay and bi men in England, Scotland and Wales which should be able to help, or will know which services would best suit your needs.
While you may not feel like your GP has the specialist knowledge to help you, they should be able to find someone who can. This might be a local drug service, free counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). They can also help with issues such as depression or anxiety which you may be experiencing.
Your GP can sign you off work as well if necessary.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) or Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous are the largest peer support groups in the world and have helped thousands of people to make long-term changes to quit drugs and alcohol. Check out their websites to find your nearest groups.
Sexual health clinics
Some sexual health clinics (especially in big cities) now have excellent integrated drug support services, tailored specifically towards gay men. In London, 56 Dean Street, Mortimer Market, and Burrell Street all have great services.
While many drug services weren’t set up to support the issues gay men may have around sex and drugs, some are now able to provide appropriate support for gay men.
You can find your local drug support service through NHS Choices.
CGL also provide services for people who need help around their drug use across the UK
LGBT or HIV charities
Any charity which works with gay men should be able to help with drug and alcohol issues or point you in the direction of local services. Check your area below for listings:
There might not be many services in your area, or you might not feel ready to talk to someone yet. These resources might give you some useful insights or exercises which can help you to make some changes.