People affected by another person’s drug and alcohol use

Carers Leeds offer support to people affected by the drug and/or alcohol use of someone they know, whether that is a family member, a loved one or a friend. We refer to this group as ‘Concerned Others’.

Concerned Others can face a number of disadvantages as a consequence of another person’s substance use, such as stigma, loneliness and conflict within the family. These consequences can have a direct impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of Concerned Others, often increasing levels of stress and anxiety. Supporting a family member with addiction can also significantly impact on a family’s finances.

Carers Leeds works to inform and empower Concerned Others. Group support offers Concerned Others an opportunity to share their experiences with others who can relate to their situation in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. We also provide one-to-one support, offering emotional support and sessions covering coping strategies, boundary setting and conflict management.

It is important to note that we do not support the substance user themselves.

If you would like to access our service you can contact the Carers Advice Line on 0113 380 4300.

You can also view our leaflet.