Family & Friends

We know that you don’t have to be directly addicted to a substance or a behaviour to suffer from addiction. Whether you are a partner, family member, friend or colleague, it’s not unusual to feel trapped in the trauma of addiction, feeling anxious, guilty, confused, ashamed and even responsible for the actions of those with substance misuse problems.

Our depth and range of support recognises that dependency on drugs and/or alcohol can have detrimental effects on the wellbeing of the whole family, including children, which is why we use the knowledge gained from our direct work with children and families to develop children and families services that deliver successful outcomes.

Dependency is often a contributing factor in families experiencing domestic abuse and neglect, and can often impact the stability of both work and social life if left untreated.

We have created a platform from which we have embedded our children and family interventions across the whole of the organisation to provide unique and innovative approaches to recovery.

A key part of the government’s current drug strategy places particular focus on the children of parents with drug and alcohol problems. Our own research has shown that family-focused intervention can break intergenerational patterns of substance misuse and address negative behaviour traits that have become normalised and entrenched over time.

The HRS Friends and Family service offers a weekly drop in for those interested in accessing support to come and meet with our Friends & Family practitioner. There are 2 weekly Friends & Family Support Groups: on Mondays between 3.15-4.45pm and on Fridays between 6-7.30pm. The CRAFT Programme takes place every Thursday between 12.30-2pm. Friends & Family are currently offered 6 one to one sessions with the Friends & Family practitioner and access to Welfare Rights and ETE support, in addition to the groups.

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