Alcohol, drugs and addiction

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Ted Talks: Everything you think you know about addiction is wrong

What really causes addiction? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions.

Ted Talks: Redefining recovery

Why are some able to transcend their addiction while others aren't? What do people really need to do to achieved sustained recovery?

Enabling a loved one: drug or alcohol addiction

It is always difficult to watch a loved one suffer from discomfort, pain and distress, whether physical or psychological. When friends and family do not disengage themselves from their loved one’s emotional manipulation and when they help him or her maint
Watch this video on supporting a loved on with drug or alcohol addiction

Turning Point: Supporting friends and family affected by substance misuse

Stories of people affected by someone else's drug or alcohol misuse. Their services across the UK help support both those who have issues with substance misuse, but also the friends and family who need support.
Watch these personal stories on friends and family substance misuse


  • My sober life  provides several valuable tools to help young people stay clean and sober in their recovery from alcohol and other drugs.
  • Addiction Recovery toolbox  is a toolset that facilitates tracking of daily life activities easily breaking them down into your "lights". Breaking habits requires knowing why we do what we do, when do we do it, and coming up with a plan to break the habits. 
  • 2016 Best Alcoholism apps they have selected these apps based on quality, reviews and overall reliability as a source of support for people who suffer with alcohol dependency. 

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Professional support 

If something is causing you concern, is upsetting or distressing you, then it may help to talk about it in a safe environment.   

If you are a partnership student please find out what support your institution offers.

For students studying on the Plymouth and Truro campus, you can seek support and professional advice from: