Help for a friend or loved one

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Drug and alcohol addiction doesn’t just affect the person who drinks or uses – it has a huge impact on their family, friends, colleagues and loved ones.

We understand how heart-breaking and distressing it can be to watch someone you care about struggling with an addiction, and the damaging behaviour that may come with it.

It may be difficult for them to accept they have a problem.  Trying to help someone who is struggling with these issues can also cause huge resentment, anger and frustration.

However, with the proper help and support many drug and alcohol misusers are able to overcome the issue.   In some cases, people hit ‘rock bottom’ because of their habit before they can see the harm and damage they are doing, and start addressing the problem.

Once they have accepted they need help with their drug or alcohol problem, they will need some form of rehabilitation. This could be as part of a community-based addiction programme, local counselling, or within a residential drugs and alcohol rehab service, such as ours.

Your friend or loved one will still need your support through the treatment process, and we are happy to facilitate agreed family visits during their stay with us. We have meeting rooms here and a special ‘Family Room’ to try to make visits as easy and enjoyable as possible.

Helping someone with their addiction problem is not easy, but with your support they have a much better chance of overcoming their problem.  It’s also why we’re here.  Our team of dedicated professionals have a huge amount of experience and success in helping people recover from drug or alcohol addiction.

There is also help and support available for you too, through organisations such as Adfam, Families Anonymous and Addaction.  The website ‘Frank’ can also help answer many of your questions. Links to all of these sites are available on the Useful Links page.  It’s important that you take the help and support offered – friends and families trying to support an addict often neglect their own needs. You can’t be strong for someone else if you’re not feeling strong yourself.

If you have any queries or concerns that you would like to talk through with us, please call us on 01736 850006.

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