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Intoxicant abuse

If you are having problems with alcohol or drugs, contact your nearest health station (terveysasema) or A-clinic (A-klinikka). A-Clinics are treatment units where those who suffer from problems with intoxicants and addiction, as well as their family members and friends, can receive help and support The website of the A-Clinic Foundation lists the contact information of A-clinics throughout Finland. A-Clinics do not require a referral; you can make an appointment yourself. Several clinics also have on-call hours, during which treatment can be sought without an appointment. The A-clinic services of your municipality of residence are free of charge if you are permanently residing in Finland. Treatment at an A-Clinic is confidential.

The AddictionLink (Päihdelinkki) online service maintained by the A-Clinic Foundation contains information on intoxicant abuse and addictions. Through the online service, you can also request help from experts. You can ask for advice in Finnish, English and Swedish. Some of the AddictionLink services are also available in Swedish, English, Russian and sign language.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Anonyymit Alkoholistit), or AA, is a peer association for men and women to share experiences about alcoholism and to help each other recover. AA groups meet in many different municipalities. AA also provides helplines throughout Finland.

If someone close to you drinks excessively and you are concerned, you can contact Al-Anon (Al-Anon), which provides support for the families and friends of alcoholics.

Persons under 25 can also contact the youth clinics (nuorisoasema) maintained by the A-clinics. Youth clinics are available in Espoo, Tampere and Turku. If your municipality does not have a youth clinic, the A-Clinic also treats young people.

linkkiA-Clinic Foundation:
Help for intoxicant addictionFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiA-Clinic Foundation:
Contact information for youth centresFinnish

linkkiAlcoholics Anonymous, AA:
Support for alcoholicsFinnish | Swedish | English

linkkiAl-Anon:
Support for close relatives of addictsFinnish | Swedish

Help for drug problems

If you require help for drug problems, you can contact the nearest A-clinic. You can also contact your local health station or social office (sosiaalitoimisto).

In Finland, there are also health information points (terveysneuvontapiste) where users of intravenous drugs can visit anonymously without making an appointment. The information points provide information, support and health care, and you can exchange used syringes for clean ones. The contact information of the health information points can be found through the A-clinics.

The Free from Drugs association (Irti huumeista ry) provides support for drug users and their families. Helpline in Finnish: 010 80 4550.

Narcotics Anonymous (Nimettömät narkomaanit), or NA, offers support, information and group meetings. You can become a member if you have a desire to stop using drugs. Information on the meetings is available on the website in Finnish, English and Swedish.

The Say No to Drugs (Sano huumeille ei) website contains information on drugs, and their hazards to young people in particular, in Finnish, Arabic, Albanian, Kurdish and Somali.

linkkiFree from Drugs organisation:
Support and information for drug abusers and their family and friendsFinnish

linkkiThe Say No to Drugs project:
Information on drugs and their hazards for young peopleFinnish | Somali | Arabic | Kurdish | Albanian

linkkiNarcotics Anonymous:
Help for drug problemsFinnish | Swedish | English

If you want to stop smoking

If you want to stop smoking, your local health centre (terveysasema) or occupational health care will provide help. Adolescents who smoke can get help from their school nurse, and students from student health care. If you are pregnant, ask for advice at the maternity clinic.

Chewing gum, patches, an inhalator or tablets are used as nicotine replacement treatment, and you can buy them at pharmacies. A doctor can also prescribe strong medicine for the treatment of this addiction.

linkkiStumppi.fi:
Support for stopping smokingFinnish | Swedish

linkkiNational Institute for Health and Welfare:
Stopping smoking improves your healthFinnish | Swedish