Carers Leeds offers information, advice and guidance on how to manage the impact of someone else’s substance use. This could be a one-off phone call or face-to-face session to resolve a specific query, or could involve up to six sessions of structured one-to-one support.
Carers Leeds also offers regular support groups, offering Concerned Others an opportunity to share their experiences with others who can relate to their situation in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. Please call the Carers Leeds office for information on upcoming groups and how to access them.
Information sessions and workshops are organised on an ad hoc basis, dependent on need.
We also offer the opportunity to meet with a volunteer who has lived experience of addiction and can offer their insight into what addiction, and recovery, was like for them and their family.
We know that having a friend/family member who uses substances is highly stressful and can have a negative impact on your health. Some of the common challenges that people talk about are:
- Poor sleep
- Constant worry / anxiety
- Feelings of guilt and responsibility
- Feelings of shame
- Financial impact
- Anger and frustration
- Impact on work and many more
Concerned Others often neglect their own health and wellbeing in favour of the person using substances. This can be draining, leading to people becoming physically and mentally exhausted. Carers Leeds hopes to be able to support you to manage these feelings and experiences.