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Help for Carers > Illnesses, conditions and disabilities > Addictions


Your concerns whilst looking after someone with an addiction are likely to be about their health and well being and the safety and morale of your own family - occasionally without the person you are caring for accepting that he or she has a difficulty.

There are a wide range of support services which may help you and the person you are caring for. These include:
  • Support groups for yourself and members of your family
  • Support groups for people with these problems
  • Medical support
  • Advice on all aspects of coping with these concerns like reducing risks and helping to overcome the addiction.


Small icon of an envelope representing Information You can get more information from:

Drug and Alcohol Addiction

www.adfam.org.uk - organisation working with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol

www.famanon.org.uk - Families Anonymous - for relatives and friends concerned about the use of drugs or related behavioural problems

www.coap.co.uk - website for young people to talk about their concerns and fears about a person who is abusing drugs and alcohol, or is addicted to some form of behaviour

www.drugscope.org.uk Drugscope is an independent centre of information and expertise about drugs. Website contains an online encyclopaedia of drugs, their history, effects and the law

www.westsussexdaat.co.uk - West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team oversees and reports on the implementation of the National Drugs Strategy in West Sussex. Website contains downloadable leaflets, an advice directory, substance database and wide range of other useful information

www.talktofrank.com - Talk to Frank provides advice and information about drugs via its website and free telephone line

www.nacoa.org.uk - National Association for Children of Alcoholics

www.parentsusingdrugs.org.uk - website for children, parents, adults and people who work with children and young people

The home-breaking habit - In an article in ''The Guardian'' Julie Brady discusses the dangers faced by the children of drug users - and the chances of rebuilding the relationship for those who beat their addiction.

www.thehideout.org.uk - website providing help, information and support for children and young people whether living with violence, have experienced violence in the past or if you know someone else going through it and are looking for help and information

www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk Alcoholics Anonymous provides information and recovery groups for people with alcohol addiction


www.gamcare.org.uk - information, advice and practical help for gamblers

www.gamblersanonymous.org.uk - self-help support for gamblers


www.quit.org.uk - independent charity aiming to help people stop smoking

www.ash.org.uk - Action on Smoking and Health, a campaigning charity

www.gosmokefree.nhs.uk - NHS stop smoking campaign and information

Tranquiliser addiction

www.first-steps.org - First Steps to Freedom, a UK registered charity providing help for people with phobias, anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and tranquiliser addiction

www.nopanic.org.uk - No Panic is a registered charity supporting people who experience panic attacks, anxiety disorders, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, phobias and tranquliser withdrawal

www.citawithcrawal.org.uk - Council for Information on Tranquilisers and Antidepressents (also known as Council for Involuntary Tranquliser Addiction)

Other/General Addiction Support and Information

www.beatingaddictions.org.uk - online information about addictions and how to overcome them

www.addictions.co.uk - online information and support for a range of addictions, sponsored by Priory Healthcare

www.actiononaddiction.org.uk - information, advice and practical help to overcome addiction

www.trntv.co.uk - The Recovery Network online information and support for a range of different addictions

www.saa-recovery.org - Sex Addicts Anonymous, international website with links to groups in the UK

www.netaddiction.com - American website providing information about different types of internet addiction


Icon showing a help image There are people who can help:

West Sussex Carers Support Services (formerly West Sussex Carers Network)

www.nhsdirect.org.uk - NHS Direct provides information about health, illnesses and health services



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