We care, for the better.
A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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What should I do?
When families access support, outcomes improve for both them and the substance user.
Where do I get the help I need?
For those living close to a dependent drug/alcohol user, trying to find help can be frustrating. It often seems that support is geared towards the user, when families struggle through problems too. Adfam believes that families need and deserve support in their own right. You may find the following helpful:
- A local family support service. There aren’t enough support services around the country yet but the number is growing. See our find a family support group page to see what’s available in your area.
- Sometimes families just want someone to talk to, and there are helplines for this. Some local services also operate their own telephone support services.
- Different people need different services, and no two families are the same. If you have other needs relating to domestic violence or relationship support, if your family member is in prison or if you have been bereaved by drug use, see how other useful organisations can help.
- If you don’t feel ready to talk to somebody about your problems yet, you can start by getting information on different drugs and what you might be going through. We operate a drugs factfile and our publications are free for family members.
- Whilst Adfam’s focus is on supporting families in their own right, many people’s first reaction is to try and find help on behalf of their loved one. You can look for treatment services on Public Health England's directory of residential rehabs, DrugWise's 'Where to get help page' or FRANK's treatment database.