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1 Family members and significant others affected by the drug or alcohol use of another person Having a member of your family, a relative or friend with problematic drug or alcohol use can be very distressing. Family members and significant others can suffer a wide range of negative consequences such as anxiety and depression, financial worries and concerns about the wellbeing and safety of the person using drugs or alcohol. The stigma of addiction and dependency can lead to family members and significant others feel isolated which in turn can make accessing help feel difficult. Drug and alcohol services in Leeds recognise the impact of drug and alcohol misuse on families and significant others, and also recognise the importance of families and significant others in supporting the person using drugs or alcohol. Leeds drug and alcohol services can provide you with information on the treatment options available to the person who is using, as well as giving you an understanding of how an individual can access treatment if they want to reduce or stop their drug or alcohol use. This sheet offers information on websites, helplines and local services family members and significant others can access. The information is also relevant to family members and significant others affected by another person s mental health and dual diagnosis Websites for information about drugs and alcohol, mental health, prisons and kinship carers Drug and alcohol fact sheets to down load in the families and friends section Information on drugs and related topics Information on alcohol and related topics Information on drugs in the Drug Guide section. Information about Leeds drug treatment services in the Services section. Information about how drugs affect the brain For family members who have taken on the care of children due to difficult family circumstances For grandparents with information on legal rights, benefits and kinship caring 1

2 National service with information covering all areas of mental health Leeds directory of mental health services For families who have a family member in prison For family members and significant others who have a family member at HMP Leeds Help lines for family members and significant others Service: Connect Helpline (Leeds service) Telephone: Website: Open 6pm-10.30pm every night of the year. For anyone who feels distressed and needs to talk, or wants information on services and resources in Leeds. Also offers support and information about services to people who care for friends or family members with mental health difficulties. Service: Gasped (Wakefield service) Telephone: Website: 24hour helpline Support service for families and significant others of people using drugs Service: Drink line Telephone: Website: Supporting people affected by another person s drinking and people concerned about their own drinking Service: Al-Anon Telephone: Website: Supporting people whose life is, or has been, affected by another person s drinking Service: Families Anonymous 2

3 Telephone: Website: A nationwide service supporting people affected by another person s drug use Service: Grandparents Plus Telephone: Website: Monday to Friday 10am to 3pm A national charity supporting grandparents who have taken on a caring role in difficult family circumstances Websites for family members and significant others Internet resource for people affected by another person s drug or alcohol use and for people using drugs and alcohol Ten ways family members can help a person with drug and alcohol problems A national organisation supporting families affected by drug or alcohol use A nationwide service supporting people affected by another person s drug use Supporting people whose life is, or has been, affected by another person s drinking Leeds support services for adults, children and young people 3

4 Service: Carers Leeds: Telephone: Website: Carers Leeds provides confidential support, information and advice to family members who care for a relative with a health issue. Carers Leeds also offers support to adult family members and significant others who are affected by the drug or alcohol use of an adult. Service: Mental Health Carers Team Telephone: Website: The Mental Health Carers Team provides information and support to family members caring for, or affected by the mental health problems of another person including dual diagnosis. They can provide advice and information about mental health illness and treatments and provide support to family members in critical or stressful situations. Service: Aspire, Leeds Early Intervention in Psychosis Service Telephone: Website: Aspire work with people from 16 to 30 years of age who are experiencing the early stages of psychosis. The service also supports family members of people experiencing psychosis. Service: Willow Young Carer Service Telephone: Website: Willow is a support service for young carers aged 5-18 years old living in Leeds. The service works with children and young people who care for a family member affected by a physical or mental health illness, disability or substance misuse problem. Service: The Market Place Project for Young People Telephone: Website: The Market Place offers support to young people who are 13 to 25 years old and live in Leeds. The service offers a number of different support and counselling services to young people and is a free and confidential service. Service: Platform Telephone: Website: 4

5 Platform Young Peoples' Drugs Service in Leeds supports young people up to the age of 18 to make informed choices about their drug or alcohol use. Service: Leeds Counselling Telephone: Website: This service offers counselling to individuals who want to improve their emotional health and wellbeing. This service is a fee paying service; the cost of the counselling is based on your income. Further details about costs can be discussed individually with the service. Service: NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Telephone: Website:http://www.leedscommunityhealthcare.nhs.uk/what_we_do/specialist_services1/primary_care_mental_healt h_service/ The primary care mental health teams offer assessment and short-term psychological treatment and support for anyone over the age of 17 in Leeds. There is no upper age limit to access the service. The service is for people with common mental health problems such as: depression, anxiety and panic attacks, stress and difficulty coping with life events. Referrals can be made to the service by a GP or any another health professional. Alternatively, people can refer themselves by contacting the service on the above number. Service: Leeds Citizens Advice Bureau Telephone: Website: Leeds CAB offers advice on a wide range of subjects and is open to people living or working in Leeds. The main subjects CAB can advise on are: benefits & tax credits; debt; housing; employment rights. 5

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