Advice for families of drug users
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:
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
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.