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We understand that it can be an emotional time for friends and family when their loved one comes into treatment, as well as being a relief. It is also common for the service user have a range of psychosocial problems which are entwined within the family.
We also appreciate that sometimes stigma and shame can stop families from being involved in the treatment due to a deep sense of failure or feelings of What if? Supporting loved ones and carers can greatly increase the client’s potential to change as well as achieve sustained meaningful recovery.
This is why we support families to achieve this depending on their own individual circumstances.
A point to remember is that the person who has an addiction can’t do it on their own – but it is only they who can decide to do it.
Families, friends and carers often find it hard to be objective as they can be too close to the situation. At Aspire we offer independent structured sessions, information and advice about how to support loved ones and we will always involve family members when the service user wishes them to be involved
It is the service user who must lead their own treatment, but if a family member wants to be involved in their treatment, this can be included in their recovery plan and structured individual support sessions.
You may find it helpful to attend the groups, as the power of identification enables families to better understand their own position.
Substance use affects not only the individual user but also those who care for them.
If you want to know more about family support groups or services please contact Aspire at Rosslyn House, Doncaster on 01302 730956 or ask your key worker or Sandra Hardy, Family Support Coordinator, (number as above).
Aspire is a partnership organisation set up by Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) and registered charity The Alcohol & Drug Service (ADS).
We pride ourselves on being innovative and forward thinking, and work closely with the recovery communities we serve to provide flexible, responsive services, which offer the best possible recovery outcomes for all our service users.