We care, for the better.
A place for families, because you don't have to use drugs to be affected by them.
- How do I know if they're using drugs?
- Why do they use drugs/alcohol?
- Is it my fault?
- How can I cope with their behaviour?
- Understanding the stages of addiction and recovery
- Where do I get the help I need?
- Getting support for your loved one
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Free help for anyone affected by addiction with advice on both NHS and private drug and alcohol treatment options.
The national organisation campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.
Lists details of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists nationwide.
A health and social care charity that provides free, confidential support for adults, young people and families affected by substance misuse as well as homelessness, poverty, unemployment, domestic abuse, mental health issues and offending.
Advice to those worried about their own, or a loved one's, alcohol use. Contact their free helpline on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).
DrugScience is an independent, science-led drugs charity, bringing together leading drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms to carry out ground-breaking original research into drug harms and effects.
Formerly DrugScope, DrugWise provides access to evidence-based drug, alcohol and tobacco information and resources, including an international knowledge hub.
Addiction charity that organises the UK recovery walks to put a positive face and voice on recovery.
National drug information service with factfiles and FAQs.
Includes information on alcoholism, binge drinking and caring for someone with an alcohol problem.
Organisation providing free legal advice on drug issues, and a helpline - 020 7324 2989
Support and guidance on parental drug and alcohol misuse.
Parents and families
Offers support for families and training for people working with them.
Al-Anon family groups provide support to anyone who is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.
A set of informal self-help groups made up of people with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives.
Are you affected by someone else's drug or alcohol addiction? Are you bereaved through drug or alcohol use? Contact their free helpline from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week on 0300 888 3853.
Provides help and support for anyone caring for a child.
Support for families and friends concerned about drug abuse or related behavioural problems.
Provide a 'Family & Friends' service. A trained volunteer will provide information and support via email and signpost you to local services.
Providing support for anyone whose life is affected by volatile substance abuse (‘solvent abuse’), including family members and friends.
Offer advice and relationship counselling for couples, and also provides advice for parents and other family members to help families deal with difficult times.
Work to improve support for families affected by substance use throughout Scotland.
Grandparents and kinship carers
The national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents, especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.
Advice for parents and other family members whose children are involved with, or require, social services.
A voluntary organisation providing information about care and support for older people, their carers and families.
Children and Young People
Run mutual support groups for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon.
Works to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism.
Promotes the just treatment of prisoners’ families by the prison system and society across the UK.
The free and confidential national helpline for families of offenders, providing information and advice on all aspects of the criminal justice system.
Works with children and young people who have a family member in prison.
Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse
Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.
Provide domestic violence advice and helpline for women and children.
The national organisation for professionals working with people to end their abusive behaviour.
Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children and supports a network of over 500 services across the UK.
Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.
The hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK.
Exist to promote the wellbeing of all bereaved people and to enable them to understand their grief and cope with their loss.
Cruse have a section on their website which provides information on drug and alcohol related bereavement.
Family support group with a specialist Bereaved by Addiction team offering bereavement listening services and one-to-one meetings for families. DrugFAM has also produced a guide for anyone bereaved through drug or alcohol use - download it online (pdf).
Provide support to any parent whose child has died. They offer a helpline, an online forum, legal advice and befriending services. They also run a service for bereaved siblings.
This project, run by Quaker Social Action, is run for people on low incomes. It offer free advocacy and practical guidance on finding the most affordable and appropriate funeral, whilst helping people apply for financial assistance.
Offer support to anyone under 50 who has lost their partner. This may take the form of peer support, practical advice, meet-ups and more.