If you are concerned about your own or a family members alcohol or drug use there are many places where you can turn to for help and support.

There are many reasons why people misuse alcohol and drugs, and not all who do are dependant. Dealing with your own or a family members misuse of drink or drugs can be complicated and difficult and seeking help is often a good idea. Whether you just want to talk, or feel you need more help, there are many organisations dedicated to doing just those things.

Many people have been where you are now and have come out the other end. Making the call can be daunting, but it may just be the start to getting the help you or your loved ones really need.

Adfam – A place for families, because you don’t have to use drugs to be affected by them.

Alcohol Concern – The national organisation campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.

Drinkline – a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else’s. Helpline: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)

Relate – Offer advice and relationship counselling for couples, and also provides advice for parents and other family members to help families deal with difficult times.