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Family services

Una, who runs our Bath family group Una, who runs our Bath family group

DHI run Healthy Families, a free and confidential service for people in B&NES who are concerned about drug and alcohol use by people they know well.

Drugs and alcohol can harm not just the people who take them but their families, friends and colleagues.

The Healthy Families service runs groups where those who are concerned can discuss their situation and find new ways of dealing with others’ use. The group can support them in difficult circumstances.

In Bath the group meets on Thursdays from 6pm to 7.30pm at The Beehive, Beehive Yard, Walcot Street, Bath BA1 5BD (01225 329411).

One group participant, Nicky, said: "I have been to DHI for three weeks and I am learning how alcohol affects a person. This puts into perspective what has been happening to me.

"I am listening to others and beginning to feel I am not alone. I can empathise with others, as they can with me. That is a good feeling.

"Little by little I can distance myself from my husband's alcoholic behaviour and concentrate on myself. I used to think I should concentrate on him and his behaviour; this was bringing me down.

"I am learning there is a different view or way which I have been unable to see, because I am in the situation - it is like wearing blinkers. I now have the choice to see, and maybe act, in a different way."

Ann, a participant in the Midsomer Norton group, said: "When I started attending meetings at The Cottage I was feeling very stressed and unsure of myself. I was unable to identify what I felt or what I would like to happen.

"I am more relaxed now and I realise that I was angry with myself for allowing someone else to control and manipulate me.

"The sessions have helped me to regain my self-confidence and feel strong enough to stand up for my rights and make some changes. I am staying in contact with him but only on my terms."

DHI also runs family services in South Gloucestershire. More details

For another client's experiences, see Ros' story