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Sober Services –

If you feel lost or worried  – or if you are at your wits’ end and need help fast, Sober Services can help you immediately.

You can call them on 0207 993 8598 and an expert will discuss your problems with you and will be able to advise you on your best course of action.

Sober Serivces can advise you on residential re-hab and detox, and re-hab and detox at home. They also advise on, and carry out sober Interventions for clients and provide sober companions.

Action on Addiction

A wonderful organisation that works across all areas associated with Addiction, and does a huge amount to support families. I have attended their families course and highly recommend it.

The following is taken from their website:

“You don’t have to be addicted to suffer from addiction. Action on Addiction brings help, hope and freedom to those living with addiction and those living with people who suffer problems of addiction.

We are the UK’s only charity working across the addiction field in treatment, professional education to honours degree level, support for families and children, research, and campaigns.

Action on Addiction offers the following programmes for families, relatives, partners, friends, and children of addicted people:

• daytime and evening support groups
counselling (in Wiltshire)
• a brief residential programme
• Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT).”

Drug Fam –

Drug Fam is a charity that has operated in High Wycombe and surrounding area for 10 years. It provides support groups for families in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Berkshire. DrugFam provides a helpline 7 days a week,9am-9pm, on 0300 888 3853

The following info is taken directly from DrugFam’s website:

“Our core purpose at DrugFAM is to ensure that the families, friends and carers who turn to us are listened to, understood and supported. We never judge and we completely understand how addiction becomes a family illness.

In such difficult circumstances, where you may be struggling with the stigma from wider society, we passionately believe that you should not be left in isolation, fear and ignorance of any local or national support which can offer you help.

Providing support groups is at the heart of what we do at DrugFAM and those who attend our groups tell us that they find the support they receive from our trained facilitators, and more importantly the other attendees, invaluable in dealing with their family situation.

Our first ever support group was in High Wycombe in 2007 and since then we have gradually expanded to offer groups in 8 locations.

Our weekly support groups are run by our welcoming and trained facilitators who are at the heart of our beliefs. Those who come along to our groups tell us that they find the support they receive invaluable”.

Ad Fam

Adfam provide support for families affected by drugs and alcohol. On their site you can find information, local support groups (just type in your postcode) and helplines for anyone affected by someone else’s substance use.

They have an excellent directory of useful organisations and you can share your story by posting on their blog page