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Family support

Adfam – improving support for families affected by drugs and alcohol
www.adfam.org.uk
An important national resource providing information for families and professionals.  Want to find a support group?  Enter your postcode or town in the search box on their homepage to find a support group near you.

Carer Support UK
https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advice/get-support
Many family members and friends affected by another person’s substance misuse do not consider themselves to be ‘carers’.  This is not the view that Carers Support takes.  They can help you find support in various guises across the UK.

Carer Support Wiltshire
http://carersinwiltshire.co.uk/
Carer Support groups all over the UK offer information and support for family members and friends who are affected by someone else’s substance misuse whether it be drugs, alcohol or any other substance.  Carer Support Wiltshire lists support services available in the county including the adult support groups provided by Action on Addiction.

Carers Space - an online community for family members and friends over 18 (see below for young people)
https://www.carers.org/carers-space
Set up and managed by the Carers Trust.  Together with Network Partners, they provide access to desperately-needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities. Network Partners benefit from the provision of grants, advice documents and reports to improve carers' services. The Carers Trust gives carers and young carers avenues to speak to someone and make their voices heard, offline via their carers' services and young carers' schemes and online via their interactive websites.

Family Counselling Trust (Dorset & Wiltshire)
www.familycounsellingtrust.org
FCT offers a grant-supported service for children, adolescents and families where there are emotional, behavioural or other mental health problems.  The service is focused principally on helping low income families, charging them £5 for each professional appointment, given as speedily as possible.  However under a new scheme just started, higher income parents may benefit as well by contributing higher rates.

The Secrets to Helping an Alcoholic Family Member or Friend
www.discoveryplace.info/secrets-helping-alcoholic-family-member-or-friend
They say "the internet provides a variety of resources for those seeking help for a loved one with drinking problems ... the 13 tips [on this web page] represent advice culled from top authorities on alcoholism ..."

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa)
www.nacoa.org.uk
Set up "to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem.  This includes children of all ages, many of whose problems only become apparent in adulthood".

Al Anon
www.al-anonuk.org.uk
Family support groups in the UK and EIRE

Families Anonymous
Families Anonymous show the best way to help the addict and also how NOT to help the addict (enabling).  Importantly we provide excellent resources that give guidance and encouragement for family members, friends, etc of addicts on how to stay positive, hopeful and strong and be able to get on with their own lives.
Helpline:  0845 1200 660
Email:     office@famanon.org.uk
Website: www.famanon.org.uk

Young People

Wiltshire Drug & Alcohol Service for Young People
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/healthandsocialcare/publichealthwilts/drugalcoholservicesyoungpeople.htm
Wiltshire Councill promotes a number of services specifically for young people.  If you are living outside Wiltshire then try contacting your local council or search for ‘substance misuse drugs alcohol’ on their website.  Note: some are more helpful than others.

Motiv8 – Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment Service (for Wiltshire residents under 18)
No website
For children and young people (under 18’s) who want help for drug and/or alcohol use, or for help in regard to parents or carers who are using drugs and/or alcohol, call Motiv8 on 0800 169 6136.

The service provides a number of options, including:
  • Supporting young people aged 18 and under who feel they have a problem with drugs and/or alcohol
  • Advice & information
  • Services for pregnant young women who are using substances
  • Shared care, including prescribing
  • Healthy living and health promotion
  • Harm reduction advice
  • An understanding of the risks of substance use and misuse
  • Advocacy – support young people and act on their behalf to help them achieve what they want
  • Individual one-to-one work
  • Access to family work
  • Helping young people to access other services that may be relevant.
Contact details:
Email:   motiv8@wiltshire.gov.uk
Tel:       0800 169 6136
Open:    Monday-Friday 9am-5pm
They are based countywide and can meet you at a convenient meeting place of your choice.
For out of hours help, contact the Emergency Duty Service on 0845 6070888 or The Line on 0800 511111 or text 07786 511111 10am-10pm every day.

Alateen
http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk/public/what-alateen
Support groups in the UK and EIRE for 12-17 year olds.  For meeting details please phone the General Service Office on 020 7593 2070.

Babble – an online community for young people under 18
https://babble.carers.org/
Set up and managed by the Carers Trust.  Together with Network Partners, they provide access to desperately-needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities. Network Partners benefit from the provision of grants, advice documents and reports to improve carers' services. The Carers Trust gives carers and young carers avenues to speak to someone and make their voices heard, offline via their carers' services and young carers' schemes and online via their interactive websites.

Matter - an online community for young people aged 16-25
https://matter.carers.org/
Set up and managed by the Carers Trust.  Together with Network Partners, they provide access to desperately-needed breaks, information and advice, education, training and employment opportunities. Network Partners benefit from the provision of grants, advice documents and reports to improve carers' services. The Carers Trust gives carers and young carers avenues to speak to someone and make their voices heard, offline via their carers' services and young carers' schemes and online via their interactive websites.

Parents and children

M-PACT Programme (DVD to watch)
www.actiononaddiction.org.uk/For-Families/M-Pact-Programme.aspx

Mentor UK – protecting children from alcohol and drugs
www.mentoruk.org.uk
Mentor was founded in the UK in 1998 and is part of the group of charities affiliated with the Mentor International Foundation, a partnership that shares knowledge and best practice across the globe.

Drugs and alcohol

FRANK – friendly, confidential drugs advice
www.talktofrank.com

Drug and Alcohol Resources and Information
www.healthtalk.org/young-peoples-experiences/drugs-and-alcohol/topics

The Alcohol Education Trust
www.alcoholeducationtrust.org or www.talkaboutalcohol.com
Providing alcohol education for pupils aged 11-18 and their parents
Supplying evidence based, evaluated lesson plans and resources for teachers and educators across the UK


Bereavement

BEAD project: Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs
www.cruse.org.uk/drugs-and-alcohol

Winston’s Wish
http://www.winstonswish.org.uk/supporting-you/support-services/

DrugFam
www.drugfam.co.uk/how-we-help/bereavment/

Health and wellbeing

Finding a nutritionist
www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk

Professionals

IMPORTANT South West Safeguarding and Child Protection Procedures
www.online-procedures.co.uk
Not sure what to do?  Guidance for practitioners designed to help assess how serious the situation is and offer ideas for future work.  Provides contact details and links for all areas in the South West of England.

Social Care Institute for Excellence
www.scie.org.uk

Social Care Online
www.scie-socialcareonline.org.uk

SPLASH (Wiltshire)
http://www.splash-wiltshire.org.uk/
Nominate young people  Do you work with vulnerable young people aged 9-16 years who would benefit from attending positive activities during the school holidays? Yes? Then view the activities page and download a Booking Form from the website home page.  You can send your booking form by POST or you can SCAN your form and EMAIL it to them. You must have a parental signature on all forms.




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