Family and carer support

Families and carers who are affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use are able to receive support from the Derbyshire Recovery Partnership or the local multi agency team (if the substance misuser is a child).

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership understands how much another person’s substance misuse can affect those around them. The support we offer is designed to support the whole family or those closely affected with the primary aim of encouraging the drug or alcohol user into treatment or to support them to stay in treatment. If however the person in treatment does not wish you or another family member to be present, or to be involved, we have adhere to their wishes and maintain their confidentially.

One to one support

Our programme aims to help family members develop improved awareness, understanding and communication skills in order to encourage their loved one into treatment. Once in treatment the family will have an opportunity to work together with the person using drugs and/or alcohol to improve knowledge and communication between all parties to help maintain recovery. If you wish to have support for yourself but separate to the substance user, we can work with you. If the substance user does not wish to enter treatment we will then look at alternative services for you to ensure you continue to be supported. Most carers may find their role challenging at times. The Carers in Derbyshire website was developed to help carers find help advice and support services at any time.

RAFT (Relatives and Friends Together)

RAFT is a dedicated carers’ support project run by DAAS for the relatives and friends of problem drinkers. Misuse of alcohol can cause all sorts of problems for the drinker and those who are close to them. The service has evolved in response to the increasing number of people contacting the agency for advice on how to stop someone they know from drinking. The situation doesn’t have to be at crisis point before you give them a call. The help line offers immediate advice, information, support, appointments for one-to-one counselling sessions and regular support groups.

Tel: 01246 206514

Relate/DAAS Family Project

Relate/DAAS Family Project offers partners, family members, children and young people access to free counselling support from Relate. Many people struggle to cope when a partner, family member, or parent is having difficulty to manage their drinking. Even after they have succeeded to change their negative drinking patterns the impact on the family can be significant. The service aims to enable people affected by someone’s alcohol misuse to develop and improve their relationships so they can move forward from difficult situations in a positive way.

Tel: 01332 349177

email: info@relatederby.org.uk

DAAS tel: 0845 3084010 or 01246 206514