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. At the moment 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 currently 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.
News & Updates
Sending love to everyone who's trying their best to heal from things that they don't discuss. For help coping with addiction in or around Chippenham, please get in touch.
Addiction hurts, Families cry, Talking works, Why not try. We meet regularly in Trowbridge, Chippenham and Corsham. Join us. For more information about dates and times, please get in touch.
If someone you care about is addicted to drugs or alcohol, contact us today for support.