Established in 2014, REAL is an early intervention, advice, information and education service for New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), often called legal highs, illegal legals or illegal highs.
Set up by experienced practitioners in response to concerns from parents, teachers and other professionals about changing drug culture, widespread use and lack of information about the dangers of legal highs, increasing numbers of A&E and hospital admissions, Police incidents and deaths, the aim of the charity is to intervene at the earliest opportunity to help young people resist temptation. Stopping problems before they happen and preventing crises which are much more difficult and costly to solve in the long term. By educating young people about risk & consequence we are assisting them to make informed decisions and safe choices.
REAL is the only specific education charity for legal highs in Hull and the surrounding area.
Misleading terminology, marketing and labelling of products has provided young people with subconscious permission to use legal highs free from fear of risk or consequence.
Legal highs - As dangerous as class A drugs
To ensure young people have access to accurate & up-to-date information about risk to help them resist temptation, make better informed decisions and safer choices in the future, preventing problems before they happen and helping young people avoid serious consequences.
What We Offer
Advice - information & signposting
REAL offer telephone, email and face to face substance specific advice & information services for NPS. Our expert, knowledgeable practitioners ensure young people, parents, carers, schools and other professionals have access to accurate, up-to-date information about the risks and effects of NPS. Where appropriate, we also offer a signposting service to treatment providers to help support individuals and families struggling with dependency to NPS.
Early intervention workshops
Our early intervention workshops in schools and colleges target vulnerable young people, at risk of harm from temptation to try NPS under the common misconception they're safer than traditional drugs such as cannabis, ecstasy and cocaine.
Workshops assist young people to identify risk and resist temptation, helping them avoid serious problems and supporting them to make safe choices.
Our NPS resource pack, designed by practitioners and recovery champions to support workshop delivery consists of innovative interactive activities that encourage active participation through peer discussion & debate, they demonstrate our commitment to educating young people.
Resources maximise learning by supporting young people to explore alternative sources of information that challenge perceptions and enable them to consider different points of view, supporting positive change through informed decision making.
By intervening early we are helping prevent more difficult to solve and costly crises in the future
Social media presence
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reports and up-to-date drug warnings.
* Change perceptions & attitudes * Deter use * Stop problems * Prevent harm * Avoid crises *
* Maintain physical & mental well being * Build confidence & self esteem * Improve life chances *
Building resilience & helping them resist temptation assists young people to make safer choices
Registered Charity Number: 1167170