Caring for someone affected by substance misuse

//Caring for someone affected by substance misuse
Caring for someone affected by substance misuse 2016-10-17T10:13:57+00:00

Do you care for someone affected by alcohol or drug use? It is normal to feel helpless, frustrated, worried and upset by someone’s substance use.

Drug and alcohol users can have very erratic behaviour, and it can be difficult to know how to act around them. Their substance use encourages them to act in very distressing ways. They may become aggressive, angry and violent, or distant and cold. They might commit crimes and go to prison.

For those caring for a dependent drug/alcohol user, trying to find help can be frustrating. It often seems that support is geared towards the user, when families and friends struggle through problems too (Source – ADFAM Website 2014)

Information – we can provide information about support and services available and Carers’ entitlements and rights.

Support – we offer a listening ear, support groups, activities and training for Carers.

Carer’s Needs Assessment – we carry out Carer’s Needs Assessments on behalf of the local authority.

Kent Carer’s Emergency Card – we administer this free service to provide peace of mind when you are away from the person you care for.

Health and Wellbeing – we offer health and wellbeing sessions to Carers and work with GP’s to identify and support Carers’ own health and wellbeing.

Assistance with Welfare Benefits – you may be entitled to Carer’s Allowance and the person you care for may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment.

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If you are caring for someone with alcohol or substance misuse, we can provide you with support, information and access to services

If you would like more information or support from us, please contact us by e-mail, or telephone on 01304 364637.
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