Young People's Alcohol and Drug Support
What is the purpose of this service?
722 provide support for young people up to the age of 19 in Waltham Forest who use drugs/alcohol or are affected by someone else’s use. We also offer support to parents/carers who may be worried about a young person and offer consultation to other agencies. 722 is part of Waltham Forest CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services).
The main functions of the service are:
- To reduce harm to young people caused by their drug/alcohol use
- To prevent escalation of young people’s drug/alcohol use and support them to reduce or stop their use
- To provide evidence based substance misuse interventions for young people and their families in line with NTA guidance
- To support universal and targeted services to meet young people’s substance misuse treatment needs and make appropriate referrals into specialist treatment
- To increase the number of young people who access drug and alcohol interventions through enhanced partnership working and by targeting the most vulnerable young people
How can the service be accessed?
Self referral by making an appointment over the phone or in person
Referral by any other professional working with a young person using the DUST
Parents/carers can refer young people or themselves for support if they are worried about a young person
722 are only able to support a young person if they consent to be seen by the service
Support for families
The service will provide support to parents and carers and family members through interventions that enable them to support the young person in the family. This will include providing relevant information and advice and how to refer into treatment.
Family support can be provided whether the young person is accessing specialist treatment or not.
The service will work in partnership with other agencies working with families to advice on substance misuse related needs.