Carer Services

I care for someone with an addiction

Caring for someone with an addiction can be challenging and emotionally draining, but there are steps you can take to support them and maintain your own well-being. Here are some tips:

  • Educate yourself: Learn as much as you can about addiction and the specific substance or behaviour your loved one is struggling with. This will help you understand their behaviours and challenges better.
  • Be supportive: Show your loved one that you care about them and that you are there to support them through their struggles. Encourage them to seek treatment and offer to help them find resources.
  • Set boundaries: It’s important to set boundaries to protect yourself from the negative effects of their addiction. This may include limiting contact or refusing to enable their addictive behaviours.
  • Take care of yourself: Caring for someone with an addiction can be stressful, so make sure you are taking care of your own physical and emotional health. This may include seeking therapy or support groups for yourself.
  • Practice empathy: Remember that addiction is a disease, and your loved one may be struggling with intense emotions and difficult behaviours. Try to understand their perspective and show empathy without enabling their addiction.
  • Celebrate progress: Celebrate your loved one’s progress, no matter how small. Positive reinforcement can help them stay motivated and continue to make positive changes in their life.
  • Avoid blame and judgment: Avoid blaming or judging your loved one for their addiction. Instead, focus on supporting them and helping them move forward.

To get help and support please consider accessing one or more of the below services.

Aquarius is a charity with services across the Midlands, supporting people and families affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling. Aquarius offers free and confidential services, advice and information, one to one support or group sessions, detox and rehabilitation services and support from affected family members. Email birmingham@aquarius.org.uk or call 0121 622 8181.

Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire is there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking. For every person with a drinking problem, it’s estimated that at least five of their friends and family are affected by their alcoholic behaviour. Alcohol abuse and alcoholism within a family affects not only the drinker but also the family members, including the children and friends.

Families Anonymous Meetings are for families and friends of those with a drug or related behavioural problem. The meetings list is constantly being updated so it’s advisable to check with the local contacts before going to your first meeting. To make contact with a local FA member before joining a meeting, please call the office or the helpline on 0207 498 4680. Calls to this number are normally answered daily 1-4pm and 6-9pm.

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