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This week is Alcohol Awareness Week in the UK, it is a time to shed light on the impact of alcohol addiction on individuals, families, and communities. Here at Carer Support Wiltshire, we understand the challenges that come with caring for someone with an addiction. It can be overwhelming, emotionally draining, and oftentimes, isolating.

As unpaid carers, we devote our time and energy to supporting our loved ones through their struggles with addiction. We witness the harmful effects of alcohol on their physical and mental health, as well as the strain it puts on our relationships. The constant worry and stress can take a toll on our own well-being, leaving us feeling anxious and exhausted.

But what if we are dealing with an addiction ourselves? The burden of caring for someone else while struggling with our own addiction can feel insurmountable. It becomes a vicious cycle of trying to support our loved one while battling our own demons. The guilt and shame can be overwhelming, and it can feel like there is no way out.

If you find yourself in this situation, know that you are not alone. There is help available. Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm). Frank is the free national drugs helpline, you can call FRANK 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0300 123 6600. Or you can text them on 82111. You can reach out for help and take the first step towards a better life.

You can also check out our Information Hub for resources and information for unpaid carers who are dealing with addiction within their families. Our info pages provide valuable insight into the impact of alcohol and drug addiction, as well as ways to cope and seek support. You can find helpful tips and strategies to navigate the challenges of caring for someone with an addiction hereYou can also click here to read Francine’s story on our sister website Carer Support Dorset, as a carer to a father dealing with alcoholism and vascular dementia she speaks about the judgments she endures from others who don’t take the time to understand her situation.

For additional support and resources, you can visit the Rehab4Addiction website. This UK-based addiction helpline provides a wealth of information and resources for individuals and families dealing with addiction. You can access helpful articles, tools, and support networks to guide you on your journey to recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction of any kind, do not hesitate to reach out for help. You deserve support and care, and there are resources available to help you on your path to recovery. Remember, you are not alone.