Advice for families of drug users

Advice for families or carers of drug users, including where to find further information and support.

Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs.

If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone.

It's important to recognise this and get the help and support you need.

Families often play an important role in helping people to come off drugs. If you get help for yourself, you will be able to support your loved one better.

Support for family and friends of drug users

It can be helpful to talk to other people who know what you're going through.

Your GP can give you details of local support groups for people affected by someone else's drug use.

There are also organisations that run helplines and local support groups for people living with a drug user:

FRANK
The Talk to Frank service provides information about drugs, and advice for drug users, parents and carers. Find support near you
Helpline number: 0300 123 66 00

Adfam
Adfam has local groups for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Find a support group near you. It also has a range of information for the families of drug users.

DrugFam
DrugFam offers phone and email support to people affected by other people's drug or alcohol misuse. Email office@drugfam.co.uk or phone the helpline on 0300 888 3853.

Families Anonymous
Families Anonymous is based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. It runs local support groups for family and friends of people with a drug problem.
Helpline number: 0845 1200 660

Release
Release offers free, confidential advice on drugs law for drug users and their families. Email ask@release.org.uk or phone the helpline on 020 7324 2989.

Where to get help for drug addiction

If you want to stop taking drugs, your GP can tell you about the kinds of treatment options and services available. They can also refer you for treatment.

Or you can find your nearest drug addiction support centre yourself.

See more about getting help with drug addiction.

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