We support family and friend carers who are affected by someone else’s drinking and/or drug use.  You can receive free information and support and all our services are confidential.

At Carers Support, we can offer a range of free, friendly and confidential options including:

  • Individual appointments at a time and place that suits you

  • Information about drugs and alcohol

  • Local drop in services and support groups

  • Support and information packs sent out by post or email

  • Regular newsletter

If you would like more information about any of these services, please call us on 0300 028 8888 or email info@carerssupport.org.uk

Residential Programme for partners, parents and adult children of alcoholics and addicts

Action on Addiction For Families has long recognised that family members, partners and friends can suffer greatly from the consequences of another’s drug and/or alcohol misuse.  They often feel isolated, alone and overlooked.

Partners and family members invariably need a safe place where they can talk about their difficulties with people who share similar experiences which is why, more than 30 years ago, we developed the brief residential family programme.  During the programme, experienced Clouds family counsellors gently and respectfully help individuals understand what is happening and how they can begin making changes.  Workshops, discussions and group therapy provide opportunities to explore personal issues and to receive help.  We have also introduced a mindfulness-based relaxation session to help reduce stress.

Programme dates:

10-13 June 2019  (Monday to Thursday)  The Manor House, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 8PY.  For more information click here

Useful information

Click to download information on a range of subjects to support you when caring for someone with a drug or alcohol issue.

Carers Support Drug and Alcohol leaflet

Information about the support Carers Support can offer you including information about our support groups and other services.

Treatment – A brief guide for carers

A brief guide for supporting a friend, relative or partner who is having treatment to help with a drug or alcohol problem

Living with a drug user as a parent

A guide for parents looking at living with a drug user, understanding treatments, how to help your child and useful organisations

Tips for coping

Tips and strategies for surviving some else’s drug or alcohol use

Setting and keeping boundaries

An Adfam information source.  Families of drug or alcohol users can set boundaries to limit the impact of a substance user’s behaviour.  Effective boundaries can assert the needs or rights of families so they feel more secure and respected.

Coping with conflict

Another Adfam information source on dealing with conflict

Stage of Change information

The different changes someone with a drug or alcohol dependency can go through

Upcoming support groups and events

SUPPORT GROUP: Friends and family living with substance misusers – Lancing

July 26 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:30 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until May 31, 2019

An event every month that begins at 1:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until December 31, 2019

SUPPORT GROUP: Carers of people with drug or alcohol issues – Bognor

July 26 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 5:30 pm on day Last of the month, repeating until December 31, 2019

SUPPORT GROUP: Carers of people with mental health, drug or alcohol issues – Southwick

August 1 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 6:00 pm on day First of the month, repeating until December 31, 2019

Useful Links

Action on Addicition is the UK’s only charity working across the addiction field in treatment, professional education to honours degree level, support for families and children, research, and campaigns.

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.

Change, Grow, Live provide help and support to adults, children, young people and families. Their services cover a wide variety of areas including health and wellbeing, substance use, mental health, criminal justice, domestic abuse and homelessness.

FRANK is a national drug education service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office of the British government in 2003. It is intended to reduce the use of both legal and illegal drugs by educating teenagers and adolescents about the potential effects of drugs and alcohol.

West Sussex Young Carers supports young carers aged 5-18 with information, support, advice and signposting.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking.

Adfam is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol.

Families Anonymous is a world-wide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems.

West Sussex Wellbeing can help you to find local wellbeing information and services. You can also get support for things like getting your family fitter, doing some regular exercise, dealing with stress, kicking a habit, or simply improving your general wellbeing.

Don’t Bottle it up Take the Alcohol Test to work out how risky your drinking is, access personalised advice online and find out where you can get support locally.

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