Drugs, Alcohol and Young People

How the Council can support young people and their families when there is a problem with substance abuse

Why and how we can help you

Drug and alcohol misuse has multiple risks to your development and health. The damage done during childhood can impact your future, limiting your physical and education development. Many adults with established drug misuse problems started using drugs as a young person

You may benefit greatly from support and advice for drug and alcohol use. This support is geared to help you cope with exam stress, schoolwork and the other pressures you may face including family breakdowns and domestic abuse.

Young People and Others’ Substance Misuse

It can be frightening if someone in your family drinks too much, no matter what age you are. You may think you’re different to your friends and believe no one could understand how you feel, but 1 in 5 children in the UK live with parents who drink too much. Alcohol affects the brain which can result in parents say things that they don’t mean. Drinking can become so important to them that they may hurt or upset those closest to them. Because your parents/carers can only stop drinking when they’re ready, it’s important that you get the help you need to cope.

Talking to someone who won’t judge you is important, and hearing about other people’s experiences can help you to understand that your feelings towards your mum or dad and their drinking are normal. Making time for yourself and meeting other people in the same situation can help you to make friends who understand what you’re going through, while talking to a counsellor might help you to understand your emotions better. 

Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service

The Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service (formerly Compass) is now part of Milton Keynes Council. It offers a range of skills and specialist knowledge to support groups and individuals in schools and across other settings. The service will include drug and alcohol prevention interventions and specialist support for young people who are;

  • at risk of harm from drug and/or alcohol misuse
  • already experiencing problematic drug and/or alcohol misuse
  • being negatively impacted through living with someone else’s misuse, for example parents, siblings or peers

The service is based at The Rivers Centre, Trent Road, Bletchley and is co-located and works with Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS), the Youth Offending Service (YOS), Children’s Social Care and Corporate Parenting.

For more information and to access this service

Any professional can refer young people into the service by completing a referral form (PDF, 198KB). Referrals should be sent to: ypdaservice@milton-keynes.gov.uk.
For other enquiries telephone: 

  • Zoe, Team Leader – 07557317317
  • Alice, Drug & Alcohol Practitioner  - 07557317331
  • Steph, Drug & Alcohol Practitioner – 07557318684

Last Updated: 14 October 2021