Annual Report: 2017-2018

Family Support Group Programme

This is my eleventh year facilitating the Family Support Group for the charity and I remain as committed today as ever. I see people coming through the door, broken and tormented, then after a comparatively short time leaving with far more strength and resilience. Admitting that someone you love is caught up in addiction is hard to come to terms with. The most natural thing in the world is to want to rescue them and stop all the distress addiction brings.

The Family Support Group helps people understand the nature and behaviours of addiction, and learn how to handle the matter in different ways. This often means trying new approaches and accepting that we cannot always make the problems go away, but we can learn how to cope much better. This then helps ensure far better, more positive responses all round.

Group members are invited to share their feelings and quickly realise that they are not alone. This can be a huge relief. With empathy and compassion, we listen without judgement and offer support based upon our own experiences so that group members start to feel like they have control over their lives again. Newcomers are always welcomed into the group and shown warmth, understanding and trust.

It’s been so rewarding to see and hear the family unit is healing and becoming free from the heartbreak that rips through families when drugs and alcohol are involved.

Emma Summerill