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Families & Carers

DHI is working to reduce the impact on families and others affected by someone else's drug and alcohol use by supporting them with relevant information, coping strategies and problem management. We also promote the benefits of families being involved positively in treatment wherever possible.

DHI is working to reduce the impact on families and others affected by someone else's drug and alcohol use by supporting them with relevant information, coping strategies and problem management. We also promote the benefits of families being involved positively in treatment wherever possible.

The FAM (Family Also Matters) Service provides:

  • 1:1 support with our Family Practitioner
  • Counseling with our Placement Counselors
  • 4TWO sessions (for any two family members, including those in treatment)
  • Group support for family members and individuals who have concerns surrounding their loved ones alcohol or drug use. Our groups run weekly on a Tuesday and Wednesday evenings 7pm – 9pm at our treatment centres in Warmley and Yate.
  • Support from our family volunteer team all of whom have benefitted from the service and are able to provide information and encouragement based on their own experiences

It is a free and confidential service where individuals can discuss their situation, find support and discover new ways of coping with their personal situations.

Some of our regular attendees have said:

 “I received 1 to 1 support before agreeing to attend a FAM group. A group session...I was not sure about that but gave it a go. It was life changing for me.”

“The group provided a setting where through confidentiality you were able to talk freely and receive information and knowledge about what is an addiction and why it affects some people and not others.”

 “I feel strongly that the FAM Service is available to anyone affected by someone’s addiction, it is invaluable to maintaining their own health and happiness.”

“The 1 to 1 support helped, but the group just made me realise I wasn’t the only one going through these issues and I didn’t feel so alone.”

“FAM can help in so many ways...I have learnt how to handle things better...I feel a different person now, able to think things through in a much calmer way. It’s such a blessing”

“First of I wasn’t too sure about a group, I took the plunge and it was one of the best steps I had taken for a long time.”

The graphic at the bottom of this page is our leaflet on Families Also Matter and we can send a copy to those interested. Please contact us (note: some details on the leaflets may change from time to time to reflect service changes where need demands).

DHI also runs a families group in Bath and Bristol.

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