Drugs and Alcohol

Drinking too much alcohol or taking drugs can have a detrimental impact on your health and wellbeing. Milton Keynes Council ensures there are services available that offer a range of support to help you, whether your aim is to stop drinking or using drugs altogether or to just cut down.   
For more information about local services please use the Adult Care and Health Directory

Reduce your risk

Some people do not drink, but for many, alcohol is part of their social lives.  Drinking more than the recommended daily allowance of alcohol can increase your risk of developing a drinking-related illness. Approximately 10 million people in England drink above the recommended guidelines every year.

Many people can be unsure about how much they're drinking, if it’s too much, the alcohol can have an impact on their long term health and whether they should take action.  If you drink less than 14 units a week, this is considered ‘low risk’ drinking. Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.

To find out more about safe levels of drinking you can use the DrinkCompare Calculator to check your drinking on the Drinkaware website.

To support people to cut down on the amount of alcohol they are regularly drinking the free Drink Free Days App will encourage days off from drinking as a way of reducing health risks from alcohol.

Drinking less reduces the longer-term risk of serious diseases, including several types of cancer, liver disease and stroke. It will improve the condition of your skin, have a positive effect on sleep and will give you more energy and money. Drinking less means you’ll be less likely to develop high blood pressure and put on weight.

For more information about drugs, their effects and the law, talk to FRANK  provides facts, support and advice on drugs and alcohol.

Parental alcohol misuse

Parental misuse of drugs or alcohol becomes relevant to child protection when the misuse of substances has an impact on the care that their child is given.

Parental drug and alcohol misuse can include any adult such as an older sibling, uncle or close friend who plays a significant role in a child’s life and upbringing.

Young parents under 18 years may be more at risk of developing drug and alcohol related problems depending upon their age, maturity and presenting vulnerabilities.

Substance misuse may include experimental, recreational, poly-drug, chaotic and dependant use of drugs and/or alcohol where misuse has a detrimental impact on the care provided to the child.

Misuse of drugs and/or alcohol is strongly associated with Significant Harm to children, especially when combined with parental mental health issues and domestic abuse.

Drug and alcohol use during pregnancy can increase the risk of impairment to the unborn child.

Research suggests that familial drug and alcohol dependency can adversely affect all areas of the child’s life, including their education, physical, psychological and emotional development and wellbeing and can result in behavioural problems. Effective treatment of the substance misusing parent can be very beneficial to the child.

Drug and Alcohol Services

Adult Service

Compass offer free, confidential substance misuse service for all Milton Keynes residents aged 18+. We positively welcome all those in our community who are experiencing problems with drugs and alcohol misuse and we specialise in supporting recovery.

Through our friendly hub, which includes a recovery IT suite and kitchen, we offer group work and one to one packages to help sustained recovery. Once you are in recovery from drugs and alcohol we can help you become a peer mentor recovery coach and gain an accredited coaching qualification.

The service can also help you access mental health, sexual health, domestic violence and homeless services across Milton Keynes.

Contact Compass if you need support with your own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use. Services include:

  • Harm minimisation advice
  • BBV screening
  • Needle exchange
  • Health and wellbeing checks
  • Flu vaccinations
  • Stopping smoking
  • Substitute prescribing and reduction
  • Access to community and inpatient detox and rehabilitation placements

How you can access the service

If you feel that you, or someone you know, would benefit from our support or would like some more information about the service, you can get in touch anytime via:

  • Our confidential online referral form
  • Telephone on 01908 250 730 to speak to one of our friendly team
  • Our hub, where you can drop in to one of our daily open access clinics, with no appointment necessary during opening hours

Service Hub, 33-37 Farthing Grove, Netherfield, Milton Keynes, MK6 4JH

Tel: 01908 250 730

Email: compass.mk@compass-uk.org

Opening Hours

  • Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Wednesday 1:00pm - 5:00pm (women only)
  • Thursday 9:00am - 8:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

Children and Young peoples Service

Compass offer a confidential service for children and young people who are at risk of using drug or alcohol (substances), are experimenting with substances or who are using them regularly. The service works with anyone under the age of 18. And also supports those young people affected by other people’s substance misuse.

Their caring and friendly young people’s practitioners are available at a time that suits the young person and at a place where they feel comfortable.

How you can access the service

If you feel that you, or someone you know, would benefit from Compass support or would like some more information about the service, you can get in touch anytime via:

  • The confidential online referral form
  • Telephone on 01908 250 730 to speak to one of our team (Mon-Thurs 9:00am to 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm or we will get back to you within one working day outside these hours)

On receiving a referral, Compass will be in contact with the young person within 5 working days to have an initial chat and book their first appointment.

Coordination Hub, 33-37 Farthing Grove, Netherfield, Milton Keynes

Opening Hours

  • Monday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Tuesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Wednesday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm
  • Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed



Last Updated: 8 July 2019