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Helping someone with an alcohol or drug problem

​​​​​​How we can help you

The Alcohol and Drug Service can offer you advice and information to:

  • help you to understand what your family member is experiencing
  • help you look after your own needs
  • suggest ways in which you might encourage the person to come and speak to someone

We can give you some advice over the phone and you can then decide if you would like to come in and see someone. If you p​refer, you can also speak to your GP about your family member and they will be able to contact us on your behalf.

Difficulties and what you may be experiencing

It is often difficult to see someone you care about destroying themselves because of their drinking or drug use. It is sometimes difficult to help them to get help - especially if they don’t see that they have a problem. They may not believe at this time that they have a problem, or they may be in denial about their problem, that is, they know they have a problem but they are too frightened or unwilling to do something about it.

You may also experience your family member at times acknowledging their problem and even saying they would like to get some help, only to find that they then retreat again and say that they feel they have things under control.

This can be emotionally very difficult to manage and something that is not always easy to speak to other people about. You may feel you need to protect your loved one or feel there is some sense of shame. If you would like to speak to a professional confidentially about someone you know, contact us (the Alcohol and Drug Service).

You can also find more information on the Adfam website, which offers advice about where to go for help and support if you have a family member or other loved one with an alcohol or drug problem.

Adfam website

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