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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.
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.
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
As many of you know addiction creates havoc within families, often making Christmas a difficult time of year. Someone is missing from the dinner table - are they alone, cold, hungry? Or someone is sitting at the table - will they be disruptive, argumentative, violent?...
All our lives have been affected by Covid-19. In Wiltshire we’ve had much more freedom than other areas, but that has changed again with the imposition of a second national lockdown. Groundhog Day springs to mind. With no end in sight, news from a friend that her son...
Like most of us who love an addict, I keep hoping that Ryan, my 36-year-old drug-addicted son, will see the light and decide to get clean. And over the years I’ve often thought about the level of help he could expect to receive if such a miracle occurred. Would the...
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