NewLink Wales is an independent substance misuse charity that tackles drug and alcohol misuse through innovation, education and dedication. We give people the opportunity to improve their lives, creating a positive impact on the lives of their families, friends, work colleagues and communities. Each year, we support around 3,000 people who have made the decision to change their lives.
Substance misuse is an issue that carries stigma and generates great debate, with many different and strong opinions and perceptions. What people often underestimate is the complexities or causes of addiction – no-one wakes up one morning deciding to be an addict and stopping is not a simple matter of willpower. Thousands of hard working, ordinary people of all ages, nationalities, and backgrounds turn to drugs and alcohol every day. The reasons vary, but often it is down to physical or mental suffering. They think drugs and alcohol are the answer but very quickly they can become the problem.