Improving life for
 families affected by
  drugs and alcohol


Drug and alcohol use can threaten and ultimately destroy family relationships and wellbeing. We empower family members and carers, support frontline workers and influence decision-makers to stop this happening.

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Do you support a child or young person affected by parental substance use?

Read our Journeys booklet “When parents take drugs” to help them discuss their life and feelings and be reassured that they are not alone and that there are people who can help.

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A question to take away from the end of our first discussion: How can we get through to policymakers, and make them understand that this is an issue, when most of them are men?' #PickingUpThePieces

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Our panel has even experienced stigma from healthcare professionals - carers and family are sometimes blamed for 'enabling' when they try to seek help and advocate for an addict

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'As much as it is easier to talk about mental health issues now, it is still really difficult to talk about addiction. I think there's still stigma there. You have to get over that initial silence and be willing to talk about addiction'

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@KatieParrett2: my employer was fantastic - they were flexible, and we turned it into something positive. I broached it at work and we all talked about mental health and the impact something like this can have you on you. It's important to break down the stigma.

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[after 18 years] 'it was only about a year ago that I realised the impact this had all had on me'

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"As a sister [of an addict] I felt a huge amount of responsibility to look after my younger brother...from about age 14 I felt like a parent'

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'My dad has always been there to support my mum but he hasn't taken the brunt of it, and I think for whatever reason women are often more easily manipulated by addicts' #PickingUpThePieces

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"I think that the men don't actually know how to deal with their emotions as much as the women, and I think that's why we end up dealing with these issues most of the time" #PickingUpThePieces

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.@fifiglover: was there ever an incidence in your family or community setups where there was a man who could do what you're doing but didn't, or were the men not there?