Information, help and support for the families and friends of drugs and alcohol dependent people



The United Kingdom's drugs and alcohol dependence is one of the nation's top health problems. For decades it has been recognised that the disease of addiction not only affects the individual, but millions of family members.


Fathers, mothers, single parents, couples straight or gay, regardless of ethnicity or social group, rich or poor….toxic substance abuse can destroy relationships. Most of all, young children and adolescents suffer the greatest from the effects of substance abuse in the family.


But, with help and recovery, both for the individual and the family, families can heal together.

Long-term recovery from both drugs and alcohol dependency is an ongoing life process. A huge number of family members have found family support groups (also self-help groups) to be extremely helpful in achieving an understanding of dependency.


*HOPE* is a non-professional group where people share the same problems and voluntarily support one another. It does not offer treatment but provides social and emotional support and helpful information for the families of substance users and guidance to professional help.


What Can Families Do ?

Learn About Dependency and Addiction. Our ability to cope with anything is a function of how much we know about what we are up against. Although you may have been living with alcohol problems for some time, learning about addiction is a critical first step. Getting the facts about how substances affects the individual and the family is very important.


Seek Help and Support For Yourself:

The disease of dependency is a family disease and affects everyone close to the person. Not only does the user need help, so do you, even if you don’t realize it at the time. You and other family members need and deserve appropriate education, help and support in finding healthy ways to overcome the negative effects of the disease. Education, counseling and Family Support Groups can help you realise that you are not alone, that you are not responsible for the substance abuse and that you need to take care

of yourself, regardless of whether the person you are concerned about chooses to get help.


If you are concerned about the substance use of someone you care about—a child or other relative, a friend or co-worker—please come to the group. You will be able to speak to people who will listen and be able to provide information about how to deal with another person’s substance use. Help is just a call or visit away—Make the contact now!


Learn What You Can Do To Help:

Treatment programs, counseling, Family support groups are all options for getting help. Only the person using alcohol can make the decision to get help, but you may be able help create the conditions to make that decision more attractive. Seeking help and support on your own can encourage interest in treatment or self-help. Look into treatment options together and express your belief that treatment will work


Be Patient With The Recovery Process:

As with all chronic illnesses, everyone needs time to recover and regain health. For both the individual and family member, there may be relapses or breaks in treatment. Old tensions and resentments may flare up occasionally. Learn from these events and stay focused.


Hope For Long-Term Recovery:

While addiction to a substance has no known cure, the disease can be stopped once the individual abstains.. Today, there are millions of people throughout the world living life in long-term recovery from addiction to substances. And, millions more family members and children of addiction have also found hope and peace!