Purpose and Structure

 

Our aim is to bring together people who are suffering the effects of living with or are closely associated with someone who, in their opinion, is using drugs or drinking too much.

 

What is too much alcohol? Ask yourself if their drinking is costing the family or a relationship more than money. If it is, then it is too much.

 

Why bring people together? Because we may be experiencing a mixture of unpleasant emotions. Daily chores, problems that arise at home and work build up to enormous proportions in our minds. We may be finding life impossible to cope with. Because of all these things we may feel abandoned and isolated.Together people can share their experiences and provide their help and support. They know and understand what you are going through. YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

Getting support beyond family, friends or carers is crucial to ensure you are able to cope with the changes to your life this has caused.

 

*HOPE* Family Support Group Meetings are run by a Facilitator who is responsible for organising the venue, refreshments, disseminating information, arranging guest speakers working in the field of alcohol dependency and steering the group to ensure everyone benefits

 

 

The meetings are structured in the following manner.

 

1). A topic is selected in order of importance and read out to the group by the Facilitator. It is then opened for discussion by the group.

 

2) We will then follow the discussion by opening the meeting to anyone who would like to speak about their problems or thoughts or ask questions about any drugs and alcohol related subjects.

 

3) If an item of greater importance than the topic arises such as someone who needs to talk about a problem they have recently experienced, then the meeting should endeavour to help that person by sharing their related experiences.

 

4) As often as possible a professional working in the field of drugs addiction or alcoholism will visit to give a talk and answer questions. They may also be people who have experienced addiction from both sides, recovered drug addicts, alcoholics and family of people who have recovered from addiction. However these speakers will only be invited with the agreement of the group.

 

 

 

EVERYONE WILL RETAIN ANONYMITY. NO PERSONAL DATA WILL BE ASKED FOR.

 

IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT WHATEVER IS SAID AND HEARD IN THE MEETING ROOM

REMAINS IN THE MEETING ROOM.

 

WE ARE FUNDED BY SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL AND SUPPORTED BY:

ADFAM. Families Drugs & Alcohol

ICENI IPSWICH,

TURNING POINT IPSWICH

, SUFFOLK FAMILY CARERS,

SUFFOLK HEALTHWATCH.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting help and support beyond family, friends or carers is crucial

GROUP PURPOSE and STRUCTURE