If that person relies on you for help, then you are a carer. You may not be able to change your loved one’s behaviour but there is information, advice and support available for you.
On these pages you can find out where to get help and how you can get involved and improve the support and services provided to you, your relative or friend and other carers.
No matter who you care for, how long you’ve been caring or what your circumstances are, if you are looking after a loved one who misuses drugs or alcohol, we are here to helpWe can:
- Help you plan your caring role and guide you through the system.
- Make sure that you have time for a life of your own.
- Provide opportunities for you to learn new skills or hobbies and gain knowledge to help you to care.
- Bring you together with other carers to have a say on issues affecting you at our Family Carer Forums and carers' workshops. Details of the 2019 Forums are listed in the Forum flier that can be downloaded below.
- Give you the chance to meet other people like you who understand your situation.
- Keep you updated on issues related to caring and your caring situation. One way we keep you updated is through the Family Matters Newsletter (the last issue was in August 2017 and is available to download in the download area below).
By joining our Family Carer Forums you can:
- raise issues that concern you
- talk to treatment service providers and commissioners
- have the opportunity to be involved in the planning and delivery of events for family carers
- speak to staff in a range of front-line services about what it's like to live with someone else's addiction.
Call 01992 58 69 69 to access our free and confidential support services and have your say. We have three Involvement and Development Workers (Mental Health and Substance Misuse) that support carers of someone affected by a loved one's drug or alcohol misuse, a mental health condition or both - a dual diagnosis. They are: Rosemarie Muldoon, Nicola Beedell and Sarah Williams and you can contact them by calling our office in the first instance - 01992 58 69 69.