Ever feel confused about the support available for you and your loved one?
Look no further.
In this blog, I’ll be sharing three major shortcuts to help you choose the best community-based service for you and your family.
1. Drug and alcohol practitioners
There are excellent, trained drug and alcohol practitioners, who specifically help either you or your loved one. They support people who use drugs and alcohol into their recovery.
Some services work specifically with families. For example, in your local authority, there are drug and alcohol services, which are free to access. They work in a holistic way, to help deal with all aspects of life. They will get the appropriate services involved to help your loved one achieve their recovery goals. This may be supporting them to stop, or reduce their substance use, or supporting you to cope.
They offer a range of help including recovery groups.
You can contact these services yourself- just have a look on Google.
For you, there are some amazing family services. It depends on your locality. Some are delivered through drug services. Some are separate. If in doubt, give your drug service a call and ask.
I am a trained drug and alcohol practitioner. If you want to find quality, private practitioners (like me!) have a look here at FDAP. We have to register and follow a specific code of conduct to deliver this work. This keeps you safe and ensures you are working with a skilled practitioner.
Always ask about ways of working, as there are LOTS of different models of support. Testimonials are another good thing to ask for.
2. Alternative Therapies and other support
Other support includes alternative therapies such as hypnotherapy and acupuncture. I would usually recommend these in addition to drug and alcohol treatment.
But… some people recover from substance use, solely with alternative methods of support like this.
Those offering support are often in recovery themselves, some are not. Both people in recovery and trained professionals can be of equal value, depending on what type of support you want. People in recovery should also be trained in their particular area of work.
There are well-known recovery methods such as NA & AA. This support is classed as mutual aid, so check them out and see if they are right for you. These groups are not necessarily run by trained and qualified practitioners. HOWEVER, they can be a fantastic support and have helped many into their recovery. AL-ANON is for family members affected by a loved ones drinking.
SMART Recovery is another option for your loved ones recovery. The facilitators are trained. Some are professionals, some are not. I have known a lot of clients recover by using SMART Recovery methods.
There are also coaches as an option. Again, check their credentials and experience.
Just because somebody has been through an experience themselves, does not mean they are skilled to help others. Trust me. This work is hard. There is a LOT of skill involved and professionals need to keep themselves and their clients safe.
There are many other support services available for families. Check out the ADFAM search to find something in your area.
I have a free, online group for women living with drug and alcohol use. Come and join me at Vesta Confidential.
A good counsellor is worth their weight in gold, if you find somebody experienced in working with addictions.
One way you can find this out is ask or check them out on FDAP, because they have specific qualifications that counsellors can complete. This means they are trained and qualified to work with people who are affected by or who have experienced addiction or drug and alcohol related issues. You can also check BACP.
Counsellors usually have no agenda or structure to their sessions. It is about you bringing what you need to sessions and working through that. This is different to the way I work. I often refer to counsellors or psychotherapists and other therapists after we have worked together to explore underlying thoughts and feelings.
If someone has already been treated for their substance use and want to explore an underlying issue around why they have used, then find someone that works with that specific issue. This may not necessarily be addiction. Lots of people use drugs because of the trauma they have experienced. The substances mask that trauma.
There are counsellors trained to support families too. Again, you can find them on FDAP.
Professionals in every single type of support, can try and be all things to all people. So, always check credentials. Always check qualifications. Always check experience.
BUT… you could also give those just qualified a chance! If everything is transparent and they act with integrity, you might find a diamond who is freshly trained and absolutely fantastic!
I haven’t mentioned medical practitioners here, but remember you can speak to your GP at any point. I would always recommend this for people who use drugs or alcohol.
The way I work is in a solution focused, but person-centred way. So, I help my clients get results within a certain timeframe (you have to do the work!) but focus sessions around your needs, your feelings and your goals.
I will take you from being stressed, alone and not really knowing what to do…
To… knowledgeable, confident and with a whole load of effective strategies to cope with a loved one’s drug or alcohol use.
You can live a life you deserve, regardless of whether your loved one continues to use substances.
So, if you want to work with me, contact me for a free, 20 minute friendly consultation.
But hurry… because my one to one places are limited.
Hope to see you soon because I can help.
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