Support for families and friends

If you’re worried that solvent abuse is affecting the life of someone you know, we’re here to help.

Re-Solv is funded to provide information and support to families and friends, as well as to people using solvents or substances such as butane gas. We have information and resources here online or you can call us in confidence on 01785 817885, text, or whatsapp on 07496 959930, email or live chat with us. We’re here from 10am – 4pm Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays).

We have answers to some frequently asked questions below and links to other organisations who can help. Please don’t feel you have to cope alone.

Is solvent abuse dangerous?

Yes, solvent abuse can be fatal and always carries a risk. There is more information on our symptoms & risks of solvent abuse page. But stopping use, stops the danger – and help is available. We would always recommend that your friend or loved one begins by talking with their GP or with the local substance misuse support service. These services are free and you can find the one nearest to you by typing in your postcode here.

Is my friend or loved one addicted to solvents?

These substances are not physically addictive so people can stop using. However, they can be psychologically addictive and habit-forming. There is a reason why your friend or loved one is choosing to use these substances and the idea of stopping could be very daunting, frightening or distressing for them.

Who can I talk to for help?

It’s really important that you are getting the support you need. Our helpline is open from 10am-4pm, Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays). You can phone us in confidence on 01785 817885, text, or whatsapp on 07496 959930, email or live chat with us.

Other organisations who can help

ADFAM is a national charity offering information and support for the families of drug and alcohol users:

Families Anonymous is a fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems: Helpline – 0207 4984 680.

Talk to Frank is the government-funded drugs help and advice line: 0800 776600

Rethink run a siblings network for those who have a brother or sister affected by mental illness:

TESS is a text and email support service for girls and young women who self-injure:

The Fire Service provide free home safety advice (bearing in mind volatile substances are flammable):

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