FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions

  1. What does Barod (formerly known as Drugaid) do?
  2. How do I know if I have a problem with drugs or alcohol?
  3. Is cannabis addictive?
  4. Will my employer be told if I come and get help for a drug or alcohol problem?
  5. Will my family be told if I come to you for help with a drug or alcohol problem?
  6. Will social services be told if I come to see you for a drug or alcohol problem?
  7. Will my benefits be affected if I come to see you for my drug or alcohol problem?
  8. Can I get support because someone I care about is using drugs or alcohol?

What does Barod do?

Barod provides a wide range of services for anyone directly and indirectly affected by drugs and/or alcohol.
We work across Gwent, R.C.T, Merthyr Tydfil, Dyfed and Western Bay.
We come from a harm reduction philosophy.
We provide information and advice, one to one support, counselling, group work and diversionary activities. We also give up to date information, workshops and training to anyone who wants to learn more about drug and alcohol related issues.

How do I know if I have a problem with drugs or alcohol?

There are various ways of approaching this question.
If you click on the self help tools icon on our home page you will find a questionnaire in the change bibliotherapy pack that could help you assess this.

A simple way is to ask yourself:
Is my drug or alcohol use costing me more than just money?

It may be that people around you are saying they think you may have a problem or are showing concern for you.

What would you need to do differently for them to not be concerned about you?

Is cannabis addictive?

There is a distinction between addiction and dependency. Physical dependency is when you get a tolerance to a substance and experience withdrawal symptoms without it.
You cannot get a physical dependency on cannabis. However, people do report that they feel psychologically dependent on it.
Addiction is when you start behaving differently and the drug starts to take over your life. This will also mean that the rest of your life starts to deteriorate. People can neglect areas of their life when using cannabis heavily. This would imply an addiction to it.

Will my employer be told if I come and get help for a drug / alcohol problem?

The answer to this is no. We know it is essential for you to get a safe, confidential service. If you wanted your employer to know and you gave us consent for us to speak to or write to your employer on your behalf then we could if it is of benefit to you. There are very rare occasions when we breach confidentiality. This will all be explained to you when you first come and meet with a worker. We will also give you a welcome booklet which goes through our confidentiality policy.

Will my family be told if I come to you for help with a drug/alcohol problem?

The answer to this is no. We know it is essential for you to get a safe, confidential service. If you wanted your family to know and you gave us permission to speak to or write to a member of your family on your behalf then we could if it is of benefit to you.
If you are under 16 then we strongly encourage you to inform your family and let us speak to them. If you clearly argue why this would be unsafe for you we will not speak to your family.
There are very rare occasions when we breach confidentiality. This will all be explained to you when you first come and meet with a worker. We will also give you a welcome booklet which goes through our confidentiality policy.

Will social services be told if I come to see you for a drug/alcohol problem?

We will not automatically speak to or contact social services if you are a drug/alcohol user with a child. We know it is essential for you to get a safe, confidential service. We actively want people with children to feel they can come to Drugaid without worrying. If you are involved with social services it is our job to support you as well as we can. If you wanted a social worker to know and you gave us permission for us to speak to or write to them on your behalf then we could if it is of benefit to you.
There are very rare occasions when we breach confidentiality.
If we were very concerned about the welfare of a child for example we would have to make a decision based on the safety of that child. This will all be explained to you when you first come and meet with a worker. We will also give you a welcome booklet which goes through our confidentiality policy.

Will my benefits be affected if I come to see you for my drug/alcohol problem?

We do not inform the benefits agency if you come to Barod unless you ask us to do that.
If any changes occur in light of the recent changes to the benefit system, especially incapacity benefit we will update this answer.

Can I get support because someone I care about is using drugs/alcohol?

Yes. We can offer you information, one to one support and help you access support groups and other services that could be useful for you as well.
Please see our friends and family section.