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Drugs and Alcohol

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:

Help line staff for guidance and a chance to speak to someone who understands

Information about drugs and alcohol

Support and information packs

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

Online Carer Groups

Join our friendly group for family and friend carers of people who use Drugs and/or Alcohol, for support, information and to chat to others and share experiences.

Phone in Drug and Alcohol Group

If online groups aren’t for you, do come and join our friendly Phone in Group for Friends and Family of people who use Drugs and/or Alcohol, for support, information and to chat to other Carers.

To join our Drug and Alcohol Phone in Group simply call our Response line on 0300 028 8888 and request a referral to the Drug and Alcohol Team who will contact you with the number to call to join the group.


County Line drug dealing is the practice of metropolitan crime gangs supplying drugs in Sussex towns. Dealers exploit the vulnerable and often take over their properties in order to store and deal drugs at the address – this is known as cuckooing. Click here for more information.

A guide to family support services: For those with a family member struggling with harmful drinking life can be extremely difficult. This fact sheet provides a list of the main organisations in the UK providing support for families.

Supporting your partner of loved one Harmful drinking can cause significant issues not only for the drinker, but also for members of their family in the form of health problems, financial worries, relationship breakdown and parenting difficulties.

Refer yourself or someone else for support The First Step team provides a single point of contact across the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Network teams managing all incoming communications to the service. Their new team will direct you to the right person and get the information you need quickly and easily.

Drink Coach is a website and downloadable app which can help track and change your drinking. You can also take a short test to measure your drinking and get coaching to support you through any changes.

Useful Information

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

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

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

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

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.

Another Adfam information source on dealing with conflict

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

Useful Links

Action on Addiction 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.

Change, Grow, Live Children and Young Persons Therapeutic Service - West Sussex

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.

DrugFAM support families, friends and partners who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol and those who have been bereaved by addiction or related causes.

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.

Nacoa helping everyone affected by a parents drinking

Sussex Prisoner Families supports local families to cope emotionally and practically with the imprisonment of a loved-one.

Gscene local LGBT+ organisations

Our Services

If you are already registered with us please contact us via email at info@carerssupport.org.uk to request a card.

If you are not registered with us please complete our online registration form below