Our counsellors can provide education and support for families to best help understand addiction. Both you and your family need support. We are always here to answer any questions you may have.

There are many organisations that are set up to help families understand addiction and we have provided a list of them below.

You can search online for local organisations that are for families of addicted people. There are support groups that you can attend with other families that are going through the same problems. The great thing about support groups is that you suddenly realise that you are not alone and you can finally be in a safe environment to be able to talk and share your emotions.

Families normally try to deal with addiction in isolation because the feelings of guilt and shame keep them from reaching out. Support groups will be facilitated by an experienced addiction professional to help you process your emotions and feelings.

Watch this video on You Tube that describes the addicted brain:

Al-Anon Family Groups:

Al-Anon is a worldwide fellowship program for families and friends of alcoholics. The program does not focus on trying to get a loved one to stop compulsive drinking, but instead addresses common problems that the loved ones of alcoholics face.

Smart Recovery Family and Friends:

SMART Recovery is a science-based, secular alternative to programmes
such as Al-Anon. The programme offers a variety of online support group meetings for family and friends of
addicted loved ones.

ADFAM

UK based support service for families of addicted people.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Anonymous: Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) can educate you about your loved one’s condition and
empower you to stay strong. AA is a 12-step programme that is often recommended during and after rehab. It
encourages alcoholics to get and remain sober. AA meetings are generally open, which means you can attend
with your loved one.
There are many resources online or in your country that can help you. Start by educating yourself about
addiction as this can often help ease the frustration you may be feeling. Remember that you are not alone
and you do not have to fight this on your own. It’s ok not to have all the answers.

Here are some tips to help you

Stop Blaming Yourself

It’s easy for family members or friends to over analyse how they could have prevented a loved ones heavy drinking. You may begin to question whether or not you were responsible, the warning signs and what you should have done differently. However, you are not to blame.

Attend Support Group Meetings

Alcoholism affects those closest to the individual, including family members and friends. This can damage relationships and lead to a wide range of emotions such as disappointment, anger, doubt and denial.

Co-dependency

Start to educate yourself on co-dependency. Partners of alcoholics will fall into a caring role rather than being in a healthy relationship. This is very typical when addiction is present within a relationship. There is plenty of information online and many books have been written on this subject. The boundaries within the family become blurred and looking at setting healthy boundaries is an important step.

Reach Out to Professionals

Look for addiction professionals that can help. We are always on the end of the phone if you need advice. There may be professionals in your local are that can help.

We include family members in a loved one’s treatment. We will need to go through some confidential information procedures first and then we can all work together to beat this.

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