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Support for families of an addict


Trying to help a loved one to overcome their destructive relationship with alcohol or drugs can be exhausting, frustrating, lonely and confusing. But it can be seen that help for the family is widely available, and positively encouraged, as drug and alcohol rehab specialists Port of Call explain how to help an addict by helping yourself.

We often hear from worried parents, spouses and siblings who are at the end of their tether after trying everything to help a loved one to take action on their addiction, only for their efforts to fall on deaf ears, denial and sometimes unpredictable mood swings.

Family counselling

In these cases, the time has come to seek out professional help. Vital support that could very well make the difference to the addict’s recovery and your family’s wellbeing. Knowing where to turn, or what the next step should be, can be a stumbling block for many. This is where organisations like Port of Call can help.

Watch our video to hear about other people’s experiences of living with addiction.

Consider making and intervention

An alcohol or drug intervention can be a powerful tool to show the person in need the broad-ranging impact of their behaviours. The earlier an intervention can be staged, the sooner their addiction can be managed through to recovery and you can get back on with your lives.

Interventions are normally carried out by a counsellor, or interventionist, and are actively supported by family, friends and anyone else concerned with the welfare of the addict. Nothing comes close in terms of highlighting your concerns and the devastating effects or their addiction than this type of display of solidarity.

Port of Call can organise every aspect of your intervention programme. Following a free and confidential telephone assessment, we can secure a fully qualified counsellor, or interventionist, to facilitate the entire process for you and your family.

‘Help for the helper is widely available’

Port of Call founder, Martin Preston, passionately believes that parents, siblings and spouses need their own family counselling to help them to support a loved one with their addiction. Martin said: “We urge you to reach out and ask for help, not only for your loved one, but for you too. Getting help for yourself may feel counterintuitive but it can help you to understand the illness of addiction further.

“It also sends a clear signal to the person that you are trying to help and may motivate them to address their problem. Help for the helper is widely available. You are not alone with this.”

Port of Call can also arrange counselling sessions for families who are dealing with an addiction in the family. Through our trusted network of professional addiction counsellors, we can ensure that you receive all the care and support to give you the chance to remain informed and share the burden of care with someone who truly understands what you’re going through.

Make us your first Port of Call. If you, or a loved one, are dealing with addiction we can help you to access the right addiction help at the right time. Take the first step today by speaking to one of our advisers for free on on 0800 002 9010. We can assist you in finding the right treatment, whether you are looking for help with staging an intervention, accessing counselling or securing private rehab, we are here to support you through the process. 

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