About us

Talking works. Let’s talk

Our History

Families Out Loud is a small charity based in Wiltshire. We help adults who are affected by another person’s addiction through counselling, one-to-one advice and support groups. We are a newly formed charity, launching in September 2018. Support groups were originally started in this area by Clouds in 2002, and then continued through Action on Addiction. The groups faced closure in April 2018 but members were determined to save a well-used and much needed local service.  They continued to meet regularly, focusing on creating a new charity that would maintain their vital group meetings. Families Out Loud is the successful outcome of their endeavours. 

Our Trustees

The Trustees of Families Out Loud have all had experience of addiction within their family network, and have been support group members for many years. On behalf of the members, they are committed to building a strong and stable future for the charity. They will strive to develop and grow the organisation, making it accessible and welcoming to those in need. There is a lot of help available for addicts but families can often feel overlooked. The Trustees understand that giving a voice to people experiencing trauma and distress, due to another’s addiction, is positive for families and society as a whole.

Our Professionals

A number of professionals work with Families Out Loud to provide assessment and counselling services, as well as facilitating the support group meetings. They are all fully qualified, with many years’ experience supporting families affected by addiction.

Our Group Members

Group members come from all walks of life but share a common experience – watching someone they care about struggle with addiction. Having all faced challenges in their own lives, they have a deep understanding of the problems surrounding addiction. They are good at listening, offering advice and generally supporting each other.

News & Updates

Total Withdrawal

Total Withdrawal

Last time I was in a bit of a panic because my son Ryan was imminently being released from prison and I didn’t know whether or not to impose the biggest boundary: Total Withdrawal. Support group helped at that point when our counsellor, Bee, advised me to wait and see...



Last time I talked about my dilemma concerning Ryan’s release from prison in a couple of weeks. Do I phone him (as promised) or do I impose the ultimate boundary – total withdrawal? Feeling sad and full of trepidation last week, I was desperate to get things off my...



Almost two months into Lock Down and it’s definitely feeling like my new normal. In the same way as many people, my life revolves around home, walking, the odd shopping trip and now, happily, seeing friends and family in a limited way. I also feel lucky that we’ve got...

Counselling for Families of Addicts in Wiltshire

Get in Touch. 

If you’d like to donate or if you need help please contact us below.

Chippenham & Trowbridge

Call Us: 07444 098427