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.

‘I would like to reiterate once again the excellent Friends & Family Service provided to myself and others at HRS, specifically the one to one support at the beginning of my involvement which I can honestly say has turned my life around.’

Service user

‘Your support has put me in the right direction and brought me back to real life and now, thanks to you, I am in a positive where I feel so confident that I have started doing things that I want to do’

Service user

‘I come for acupuncture every week, it helps my cravings and anxiety’

Service user

‘I have received great treatment here, my keyworker is always friendly, always on time.’

Service user

‘Hackney Recovery Service has helped me get back to education, I would like to go to university and this is a great place to get used to being back in the classroom’

Service user

‘The support I received through the ADP has been second to none’

Service user

‘I love the choir, I always start shy and always leave singing and happy’

Service user

‘Excellent, friendly, professional, caring service. Appreciate you all.’

Service user

‘The support I received through the ADP has been second to none’

Service user
  • What our Service Users say

    ‘I have received great treatment here, my keyworker is always friendly, always on time.’

    Service user

    ‘Hackney Recovery Service has helped me get back to education, I would like to go to university and this is a great place to get used to being back in the classroom’

    Service user

    ‘I would like to reiterate once again the excellent Friends & Family Service provided to myself and others at HRS, specifically the one to one support at the beginning of my involvement which I can honestly say has turned my life around.’

    Service user

    ‘The support I received through the ADP has been second to none’

    Service user

    ‘I come for acupuncture every week, it helps my cravings and anxiety’

    Service user

    ‘The support I received through the ADP has been second to none’

    Service user

    ‘Your support has put me in the right direction and brought me back to real life and now, thanks to you, I am in a positive where I feel so confident that I have started doing things that I want to do’

    Service user

    ‘Excellent, friendly, professional, caring service. Appreciate you all.’

    Service user

    ‘I love the choir, I always start shy and always leave singing and happy’

    Service user