Talk to someone and find support
You may find it helpful to talk to someone about the caring you do and how this affects you and the help that may be available.
Start by contacting your local carer service. They will be able to offer you a range of support and some carer services have workers that specialise in helping people who care for someone with alcohol and/or substance misuse problems. They will give you a chance to talk to someone, find practical help and join support groups.
Organisations that can help
There are also lots of organisations that may be able to help you:
- Adfam - information, local support groups and helplines for anyone affected by someone else’s substance misuse. Adfam's guide for carers is a good starting point to help you answer these questions and more.
- 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.
- Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
- Frank - free drugs helpline
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
- National Association for Children of Alcoholics - information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking.
- The Royal College of Psychiatry also has a factsheet for carers about alcohol, drugs and addition. It includes advice on what sort of questions to ask and what this process may involve.
Next update due: July 2019