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Young People Substance Service – ISSU18

Last updated: 10th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Mental Health


Young people’ substance use service. The service is for children and young people up to the age of 18 who are affected by substance misuse, this can be their own or that of a family member. As with other services onward referral will take place if a need is identified which cannot be supported.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Self-referral

ISSU18 will accept referrals from anyone who knows the child or young person. If you are 12 years you may want to Self Refer yourself. Or you can ask a parents /carers / professionals to make a referral for you, but you will need to give your permission for this. If you are under 12 years old, then a parent/carer / professional will need to complete this with you. It is important to tell the person referring you as much as you can so you can get the help you need. For more information read our CAMHS & ISSU18 Information Leaflet ISSU18 offers: Mental health assessment One to one support Specialist drug and alcohol interventions Treatment Advice All genders 12 years and over Young people with substance use issues.

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Further Information:

Following allocation to an ISSU18 worker, contact will be made with the young person and the referrer. ISSU18 offers a range of services in a variety of settings throughout Dumfries and Galloway (including home visits), and we will travel to where the young person is most comfortable. • Mental Health Assessment • One to One Support • Specialist Drug and Alcohol Interventions • Treatment • Advice and Information Part of wider services sitting within NHS Dumfries and Galloway which includes: • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) • Care Experienced Health and Wellbeing Services • Neurodevelopmental Assessment Service (NDAS).