Online video support sessions

Video support sessions for families affected by substance use

Peter Cartwright, in collaboration with Adfam, has produced a series of online support video sessions for families affected by a loved one's substance use.

If you are the family member or friend of someone with a substance use problem, these videos are for you. Each video is around 15 minutes in length, and across the 14 sessions, Peter will take you through a range of different themes and topics, providing valuable information and guidance on how to cope with your loved one's substance use.

Peter, a trained counsellor, trainer and author, is part of the team at Adfam and has been supporting families affected by substance use since 1998.

We would like to thank both the Sidney Ivor Luck Counselling Trust and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)'s Coronavirus Emergency Fund for their generous support in enabling us to develop these videos. 

Watch the videos below:

Session 1 - Introduction

Session 2 - What are substances and how do you know if someone has used them?

Session 3 - How problematic is someone's substance use?

Session 4 - What is addiction?

Session 5 - How does someone change their substance using behaviour?

Session 6 - Making sense of the ways that problematic and addictive substance use can affect a family

Session 7 - How to talk to someone who has got into difficulty with their substance use

Session 8 - How to support someone who has got into difficulty with their substance use

Session 9 - Setting and keeping boundaries

Session 10 - How to cope with family arguments and conflicts

Session 11 - Other difficulties that often go with substance use

Session 12 - Stigma and how to cope with it

Session 13 - Ideas to help families

Session 14 - Substance-related bereavement

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