Self Help Resources
Welcome to our Self Help Resources
The Public Health Agency, Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams, Connections services and local service delivery partners have produced these helpful self-help tools to use on your own time at your own pace. They are all free and you can try them below.
This section of the website is for anyone concerned that their drinking and/or drug use is affecting them in a negative way but who are unsure as to whether they need, or perhaps are not yet ready to seek professional help.
However it should be noted at the outset ‘self-help’ is not a replacement for professional help if you need it and if you find, after completing some self-assessment or self-help tools, that they are indicating that you would benefit from more in-depth one on one or group support we would strongly encourage you to visit our ‘Services Near You’ section and make contact with a local service provider – or indeed to talk to your GP who can also advise and refer you on as appropriate.
Benefits of self-help
There are many good reasons for taking a self-help approach towards addressing your problems and issues.
Self-help is empowering.
Developing a self-help plan allows you to take control of your issue(s). The information, skills and methods you learn while engaging in the self-help process are likely to be generally helpful to you across many different aspects of your life.
Self-help means an individualised plan.
Designing your own self-help plan means that you can tailor your efforts so that they match your particular strengths and weaknesses, and reflect your personal choices about how to best address your own issues.
Self-help can make other people feel more reassured about you.
Your decision to engage in self-help provides some assurance to other people who may be upset with you because of your issue(s) that you are working on them and taking steps to overcome them. In many cases, your self-help efforts will be noticed and appreciated by those people around you who care about you or count on you.
Self-help makes you a better, wiser person.
By increasing your self-awareness capabilities, self-help efforts can help you learn to recognise potential problems and trigger points before they occur (or at least early on in their progression) so that you can head them off before they become substantial. As your objectivity (your ability to see things as they are, rather than how you would like them to be) increases, you’ll find yourself increasingly able to be your own best adviser, steering yourself away from bad decisions and towards good ones with a minimum of fuss.
Self-help is accessible and inexpensive.
Self-help is generally free or low cost and is a great first step to learning more about your issue(s) and how to put plans and strategies in place to better manage and address them going forward.
Self-help is private.
If you are a private person who gets uncomfortable with the thought of sharing with others, self-help can allow you to work through your issue(s) in our own way and at your own pace – but to be of real benefit you need to make sure your honest with yourself and your answers when working through self-help materials.
Give your drinking an audit
We’ve developed a free drinks audit to help you check out your drinking by answering a few questions we can score your drinking and let you know if you are at risk. Test drive your drinking now.
Try out our virtual bar now and test yourself…
It is really easy to let your drinks all add up. New guidelines suggest that we should have no more than 14 units per week with several alcohol free drinking days. It is also important not to save your units up for a binge. With all this in mind, we have created a virtual bar where you can drag your weekly amount of alcohol onto the bar and see how much calories and units you clock up in a week. The results may be surprising to you.
Alcohol and you Self Help
We’ve developed an online version of the work book where you can use at your own pace and make a change to your drinking.
Cannabis and You Self Help
Access the online version of the workbook. Here you can make a change to your cannabis use and do so at your own pace.
It can be helpful to keep track on what you drink and how many units you add up each week. Keeping this under control will result in a healthier lifestyle and give you better control over alcohol.
Talk to someone, you are not alone.
Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and help, in confidence.
Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and mobiles.
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