Family and Friends

Improving the quality of family life and relationships is at the heart of all of Addaction’s services. If a loved one has problems with drugs or alcohol or is experiencing mental health difficulties then we are here for you.

About one in five of us have a family member with a drug or alcohol problem. As well as causing us major concern, it can also have a negative impact on our family's health, wellbeing, finances, social lives and relationships with others.

Between one and two million children in the UK are living with families where at least one parent has a problem with drugs or alcohol. Growing up in this situation means children are much more likely to develop their own problems with substance misuse as adults.

We know that most parents or carers with drug or alcohol problems want to change. But we also know how difficult it can be to seek support. Wondering what to do, and whether you are doing the right thing, can often feel like an impossible task. However, we know that with the right support anyone can make positive changes and achieve recovery.

Our workers are non-judgemental and always put children’s safety first. We concentrate on building trusting, open relationships, so families feel able to talk honestly about their problems.

We run a number of specialist services aimed specifically at families and carers that help them to understand and cope with the challenges of family life. If you would some help click here.

There are also a range of national and local organisations designed to support carers and the families of people affected by substance misuse.

  • Adfam
  • Drugfam
  • Carers UK – 0808 808 7777
  • Mental Health Carers – 01204 477221
  • Rethink – 0845 456 0455 or 0207 840 3188