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Info for Carers who care for someone affected by drugs or alcohol

This page has been set up to support people affected by the drug and/or alcohol use of someone they know, whether that is a family member, a loved one or a friend.

There is a Families Affected By (FAB) support group that meets every 2 weeks on a Tuesday, as they know that families can face a number of disadvantages as a consequence of another person’s substance use, such as stigma, loneliness and conflict within the family. These consequences can have a direct impact on the physical and mental wellbeing of our members and often increase their levels of stress and anxiety. Supporting a family member with addiction can also significantly impact on a family’s finances. The FAB group offers a chance to share their experiences with others who can relate to their situation in a supportive and non-judgmental environment.

The FAB group offer support to people affected by the drug and/or alcohol use of someone they know, whether that is a family member, a loved one or a friend. The FAB group offers a chance to share their experiences with others who can relate to their situation in a supportive and non-judgmental environment. We sometimes invite guests along to speak to us about different topics relevant to our circumstances.

Everything we say is treated in confidence.

The members of the fab group have come up with some support materials that they have found useful…..

National Support
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs - 0808 0101011

Drug Science - gives an oversight into how drugs work. It is the leading independent scientific body on drugs in the UK. They work to provide clear, evidence-based information without political or commercial interference.

Adfam - Information and support for the families of drug and alcohol users. This site also has a good page on self care and stress – how you can look after yourself. It also has a section on personal stories- - the quotes on this page are so good and you realise that you are not the only ones

National Drugs Helpline - 0800 776600

Alcoholic Anonymous - 0845 7697555

Support available in Shetland

Drop in Session - Salvation Army Halls Mondays 2.30 - 4.00pm

Needle exchange at the Chemist at the Cross.

Police - 101, ask to be transferred to the Lerwick Police Station

Gilbert Bain Hospital - 01595 743000

Duty Social Work - 01595 695611

Samaritans - 116 123

Salvation Army - 01595 693094

Women’s Aid - 01595 692070

Advocacy – are an organisation who can help people to have their voices heard when dealing with different organisations. Please contact - 01595 743929

CAB - The Citizens Advice Bureau can provide advice, support and assistance filling in forms on many issues you may encounter as a carer, including legal matters, employment housing, benefit entitlement, debt, as well as self directed support (direct payments). They help to ensure that your income is maximised. They are also carrying out outreach visits. To find out more, please call 01595 694696.

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