Some caring responsibilities aren’t always apparent to those looking in and can sometimes remain hidden because of stigma and lack of understanding. If you look after someone with an addiction it can hard, but you are not alone -over 1.5 million adults in the UK are affected by a relatives drug use.
It’s important to talk to someone about your caring responsibilities and open up to a trusted friend, family member, manager at work, or teacher.
If you haven’t already, call us and ask for a carers assessment so that you can access the support and information that’s right for you.
There are also lots of organisations that may be able to help you:
Adfam – information, local support groups and helplines for anyone affected by someone else’s substance use. They have a carers guide and information around coping skills and setting boundaries. https://www.adfam.org.uk/
Al-Anon Family Groups – provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/
Families Anon – helpline for relatives and friends concerned about drug use. https://www.famanon.org.uk
Frank – free national drugs helpline https://www.talktofrank.com/
Narcotics Anonymous (NA) http://ukna.org/
National Association for Children of Alcoholics – information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking. http://www.nacoa.org.uk/
The Royal College of Psychiatry also have a factsheet for carers about alcohol, drugs and addition. It includes advice on what sort of questions to ask and what this process may involve. https://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/healthadvice/partnersincarecampaign/alcohol,drugsandaddiction.aspx