Here you will find information on and contact details for services both in Hertfordshire and nationally which provide support to carers whose lives are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

You don’t have to use drugs or alcohol to be affected by them. There is support for you too.

Family Carer Directory

We can help you to make positive changes to your life.

pdf Family Carer Directory (329 KB) : an information and resource pack for people whose lives are affected by the drug or alcohol misuse of a relative or friend.

pdf Drugs & Alcohol leaflet (277 KB) : for information on the help available from Carers in Hertfordshire and details on how you can get involved.

We also have a pack on Someone Else’s Drinking. Call 01992 58 69 69 if you would like a copy of this.

Other useful organisations

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Spectrum Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service: Spectrum is the commissioned treatment provider with nine hubs covering Hertfordshire providing support for carers. Click here for helpful pdf Contact details for Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service (298 KB) .

The Living Room has sites in Stevenage and St Albans providing the 12-Step Recovery Programme for people who misuse drugs or alcohol as well as carer support groups. For Stevenage call 01438 355649.For St Albans call 01727 854479.

Resolve runs a day therapy programme in Welwyn Garden City for people suffering an alcohol or substance misuse problem, and offers support services for family, friends and Carers of people with addiction issues, including an evening Carers Group, counselling and alternative therapies. Resolve also has a premises in Hatfield which offers key working for carers and a carers drop-in. For further details please call 01707 690739.

Al-Anon Family Groups provides 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. Click here and enter your postcode to find groups in your area, or call 020 7403 0888, between 10am – 10pm. It is open every day. 

Families Anonymous (Famanon) is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems. FA has groups, both online and spread throughout the country, which meet regularly. Please click on (Famanon) to find out more.

Adfam provides support to those affected by drug or alcohol misuse. Visit the Find a local support group section.

Hertfordshire Alcohol Counselling Service (HACS) offers ONLINE or TELEPHONE advice, information and support to anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking. The service is FREE and CONFIDENTIAL, you do not need to give your name if you do not wish to do so. Call 01462 701956 or 07964 289843.

And, if you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking visit Drinkaware

This video Putting It In Words shows how it feels to discover that a family member is a drugs user, how they coped and the support available. With thanks to Adfam, Families, drugs and alcohol. 

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