How Addiction Affects Families
Addiction devastates lives and families. If someone you care about is abusing drugs or alcohol, your life is affected at every level. Negative feelings and emotions often make normal daily life seem difficult. Other people don’t always understand, which can be isolating. People often tell us that they feel stressed, guilty, ashamed and hopeless. These are some of the things people who come to us have experienced:
- Feeling distressed because a loved-one is leading a chaotic life
- Experiencing threatening behaviour from someone they love
- Feeling out of control because of someone else’s behaviour
Families Out Loud offers the opportunity to talk which can be a lifeline for people going through trauma and distress. Our support can help you manage your situation and make positive changes in your life.
Families Out Loud works to support adults who are affected by another person’s addiction. We understand what you are going through and how you feel because our own lives have been deeply affected in the same way. We offer an initial one-to-one assessment, one-to-one counselling and regular support group sessions. These services are provided for us by trained professionals.
You will have an initial one-to-one meeting with a professional counsellor. During this meeting we will discuss your situation and concerns. We will explain our services and make suggestions about what might be an appropriate path for you which would be having one-to-one counselling, joining a support group or both. To support the charity in its work we ask for a donation from clients wishing to access one-to-one counselling.
Our Support Groups
Joining a support group can be life changing. Talking to others who understand can be powerful and healing. We offer a safe environment where you can talk, listen, give or get advice. Some of the topics we cover are:
- Setting boundaries
- Being able to say “no”
- Giving back responsibility
- Detaching from chaotic behaviours
- Supporting without enabling
- Dealing with feelings of loss and hopelessness
- Keeping safe
- Looking after your own wellbeing
We meet in Chippenham and Trowbridge on the following days and times:
- Chippenham on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 pm
- Trowbridge on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month at 7:00 pm
To help with our running costs, we ask for a small donation of up to £5 per session. This is voluntary and those who are unable to contribute are still very welcome to attend.
List of Useful Contacts
Helping families of addicts
|020 3817 9410||www.adfam.org.uk|
Supporting people when someone dies
|0808 808 1677||www.cruse.org.uk|
Helping the homeless
Helping families of addicts & bereavement counselling
|0300 888 3853||www.drugfam.co.uk|
Families Out Loud
Supporting families of addicts in Wiltshire
Giving honest information about drugs
|0300 123 6600||www.talktofrank.com|
Supporting people with mental health
|0300 123 3393||www.mind.org.uk|
Supporting and giving opportunities to vulnerable young people
National Domestic Abuse Helpline
Helping people experiencing domestic abuse
|0808 2000 247||www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk|
Off the Record Bath & North East Somerset
Offering counselling for young people
Relate – mid Wiltshire
Offering relationship counselling, children & young people’s counselling & sex therapy
Helpline for anyone in distress
Splitz Support Services
Supporting people experiencing domestic violence
Supporting addicts and their families
Wiltshire IAPT Service
Offering brief psychological therapies & other services
Supporting people with mental health
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