If you are looking for advice, this is a good place to start.
WDP Barnet Young People’s drug and alcohol service (YPDAS) offers support for young people who may be affected by drug or alcohol problems.
WDP’s first young people service is aimed at those under 18. We offer personalised services to meet young people’s individual needs.
Structured interventions (psychosocial interventions to encourage behavioural change and emotional change, pharmacological treatment, one to one interventions and structured group work.
Motivational and Engagement work- building relationships with young people in informal settings, to increase their knowledge and insight to help them make more informed choices.
Presentations and information stalls – student fresher fairs, school parent’s evening, festivals and events.
The alcohol content in a drink is a chemical called ethanol (ethyl alcohol), created by the fermentation of grains, fruits or vegetables. Alcohol is absorbed into the bloodstream, through the stomach and the intestines. Effects set in when it reaches the brain. The liver gradually removes alcohol from the bloodstream (approximately 1 unit of alcohol is metabolised in 1 hour).
Alcohol is connected to a range of physical, mental and other problems and can exacerbate existing mental health issues: heart problems, anaemia, respiratory failure, liver disease, diabetes, hepatitis C, chronic stomach problems and even death.
Cannabis (marijuana, skunk, weed or grass) generally refers to the dried flowers of the female plant. It comes in the form of a resin (normally extracted from the flowers of the plant), the dried flowers, or more unusually as cannabis oil. The main active chemical in it is tetrahydrocannabinol (or THC for short). Cannabis affects how the brain works. It is classed as a sedating and hallucinogenic drug, and the effects can turn out to be pleasant or unpleasant.
Ecstasy (also known by its chemical name, MDMA) is a psychoactive drug that is used primarily as a recreational drug. Desired effects of MDMA include increased empathy, euphoria and heightened sensations. A big problem with ecstasy is that it’s rarely pure. Sometimes, there is no MDMA at all. Sometimes, it contains other drugs which can be fatal. Regardless of what it looks like and what it is called, you can’t be sure what’s in a pill or a powder and you can’t predict how you’ll react. We strongly recommend anybody wishing to take ecstasy to test the pill by taking a half or a quarter and waiting before taking more.
What support is available?
WDP Barnet Young People’s drug and alcohol service (YPDAS) offers support for young people who may be affected by drug or alcohol problems. We offer personalised services to meet your individual needs, and work across Barnet so that we can come and meet you at a venue which suits you.
How to access support
To refer yourself, a friend, or family member, or if you would like to speak to someone at the service, please contact us here.
We understand that drug and alcohol problems can impact on the wellbeing of a family.
WDP Barnet YPDAS offers programmes and peer support for families affected by drug or alcohol problems.
If you would like more information on the support we offer to families please don’t hesitate to contact us here.
18 Dartmouth Street, London SW1H 9BL
T: 020 7421 3100
F: 020 7421 3199
Report a safeguarding concern
If you are concerned for the welfare of a child or young person, please refer to the Barnet Safeguarding Children Board guidance by:
or call the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 020 8359 4066.
WDP offers specialised services to help support young people in their understanding of substance misuse. The energy and expertise of our teams at every level upholds our commitment to delivering services that are uniquely tailored to the individual. We pride ourselves on positioning our service users at the heart of everything we do and our services are structured to empower young individuals to live happier healthier and more fulfilling lives.
WDP Teachers and Professionals Resources Portal
We have prepared a collection of resources designed to provide you with useful information to support your work with young people. These resources include lesson plans to deliver drug and alcohol awareness as part of the PSHE curriculum.
Who we see:
- Young People who live or are in full time education in Barnet.
- Parents and Carers (with or without the young person)
- Professionals for training and consultation.
- Treatment – structured interventions (psychosocial Interventions to encourage behavioural change and emotional change, pharmacological treatment, one to one interventions and structured group work.
- Motivational and Engagement Work ( building relationships with young people in informal settings, to increase their knowledge and insight to help them make more informed choices.
- Psycho Educational
- Programmes (universal and targeted).
- Presentations and information stalls ( student fresher fairs, school parent’s evenings, festivals and events.
In the community, in: Schools/ Youth Clubs/ Youth Satellite/ Drop-in Centres/ Hospitals/ Public Services/ Youth Offending Team/ Young People’s Homes
At WDP Barnet YPDAS we provide information and training for teachers and support staff who want to increase their knowledge and awareness of substance misuse.
Our aim is :
- To provide preventative education for young people (including PSHE lesson plans) about the potential problems inherent in substance misuse.
- To identify young people and families who are at risk of substance misuse difficulties.
- To build capacity and disseminate information on how to access the service.