1.5 million People are affected by a relative’s drug use (UK Drug Policy Commission), this figure does not include those affected by alcohol misuse whose figures are much harder to quantify. Yet these carers do not have the same rights and protections as other carers; despite this there is a vast array of information and support available.
This top tips guide aims to bring together some of the resources and provide brief guidance on how to help yourself if you are affected by another’s substance misuse.
It is estimated that one third of all mental health service users have a substance misuse issue. This two-fold condition is sometimes called “dual-diagnosis” although there is no single definition of dual diagnosis.
The two links below are great resources on this area:
Questions Questions Questions
Whether you have been caring for someone for a long time or the substance misuse issue is relatively new more than likely you will have a lot of questions:
Top Tips – A Quick Guide to Getting Support and Helping Yourself
Adfam – an organisation specifically for families and carers of those who misuse substances. It includes links to local services.
BACP – has a directory of qualified counsellors by area and specialism.
Counselling Directory – has directory of professional counsellors.
Talk to Frank – lots of useful information and advice.
NHS Alcohol Support - useful information and advice on alcohol misuse.
YCNet - Young carers support website