Family Support Group

Are you feeling worried, isolated, frightened, sad, drained or alone because of someone else's drinking or drug taking?

We run a family group for anyone that supports someone with their addiction to drugs or alcohol, and for those still affected by someone else’s addiction. This is a free and confidential drop-in group where people can get support from others in similar situations.

It takes place at the following time and location each week:

Date and time: Wednesdays 7-9pm
Venue: Southmead Project, 165 Greystoke Avenue, Southmead, Bristol, BS10 6AS.

Each person is able to join when they like and attend as many sessions as they wish. Please contact Emma Summerill on 0117 950 6022 or email admin@southmeadproject.com for more information.

Quotes from people who use the support group:
  • “I was in a big black hole of desperation until I found support”
  • “Coming to the group gives me the strength to carry on”
  • “Getting support can change your life”
  • “I don’t have to suffer alone”
  • “We joined the Southmead Project in February 2018. We have a son that is smoking weed and taking cocaine. Our life has been unbearable and apart from this addiction he is suffering depression and does not communicate with us. We were at our wits end then I looked online for help for him, and came across the Southmead Project. We started going in February and it was the best thing we ever did. The group, ran by Emma Summerill, is the most amazing, supportive group, with an amazing group of people. Emma is so professional yet easy going and extremely kind and supportive. She encourages us to get involved in the talks and leads it with compassion and empathy. I hope this group goes in for a very long time because truthfully, without it, we would be lost!!”
  • “I have been attending the Southmead Project parents and carers group for 6 years. For me it’s about knowledge and empathy. I had never had any personal information about alcoholism or drug addiction before it affected my family. I found that the group taught me the lessons that myself and my wife needed to cope with both. It’s not about learning how to “cure” our loved ones, that’s impossible. To me, it’s about learning how to live with their addictions and support them when they make the decision to recover or, in our case; learn how to live with their passing. The group is like an all-encompassing hug, just there when you need friends who know what you’re going through.”
  • “The group is successful in changing people’s lives – it is very practical and effective”
  • “I have been attending the Southmead Project group for a number of years. The help and advice I got there regarding addiction and the strategies to deal with and manage it was invaluable, and over the years I have been able to feel confident enough to put these strategies into place. From my own personal experience, the group provides much relief from the anxiety and depression when I feel I have no control over the situation. It is only the addict who can change their lives, but we can also change and lead happier lives for themselves, which, in turn, helps the addict.”
Read the Annual Report 2018-19 here
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