The Vesta Approach https://vestaapproach.co.uk Supporting families affected by a family member's drug or alcohol use Fri, 12 Jun 2020 10:50:39 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/cropped-Vesta-Approach-Finalised-Logo-2-01-32x32.jpg The Vesta Approach https://vestaapproach.co.uk 32 32 Caring with someone with a drug or alcohol problem https://vestaapproach.co.uk/caring-with-someone-with-a-drug-or-alcohol-problem/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=caring-with-someone-with-a-drug-or-alcohol-problem https://vestaapproach.co.uk/caring-with-someone-with-a-drug-or-alcohol-problem/#respond Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:53:41 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1715 Have you ever struggled with your loved one’s drug or alcohol use and not known what to do next? Do you feel stressed, worried or alone? Do you feel like you’ve tried everything and don’t know where to go for help and support?   Firstly, I need to acknowledge that this is National Carer’s Week. […]

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What children need when they are living with parental substance use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/what-children-need-when-they-are-living-with-parental-substance-use/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-children-need-when-they-are-living-with-parental-substance-use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/what-children-need-when-they-are-living-with-parental-substance-use/#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 20:55:14 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1566 What children need when they are living with parental substance use My specialism is working with individuals, children and families affected by drug and alcohol use. I have been in this field since 2005 and have directly supported, designed and delivered services to help families to recover from substance use. I thought I would share […]

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Drinking around children https://vestaapproach.co.uk/drinking-around-children/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=drinking-around-children https://vestaapproach.co.uk/drinking-around-children/#respond Sat, 30 Mar 2019 16:07:49 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1542 I’m a total and utter party pooper when it comes to drinking around children. A bit of an outcast in terms of my opinion on the subject. It’s what our mums and dads always did and it didn’t do us any harm right? Wrong! Before I begin, I don’t want to come across as patronising. […]

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Support for family members affected by drugs and alcohol in their own right https://vestaapproach.co.uk/support-for-family-members-affected-by-drugs-and-alcohol-in-their-own-right/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=support-for-family-members-affected-by-drugs-and-alcohol-in-their-own-right https://vestaapproach.co.uk/support-for-family-members-affected-by-drugs-and-alcohol-in-their-own-right/#respond Fri, 15 Feb 2019 13:32:56 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1524 I’ve attended training in January to learn the 5-Step Method of supporting families coping with a loved one’s drug or alcohol use. It is the first time I have come across a model of support that helps family members in their own right. Usually, the person having problems with substance use accesses a service then […]

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Four ways to help yourself with a loved one’s drug or alcohol use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/four-ways-to-help-yourself-with-a-loved-ones-drug-or-alcohol-use/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=four-ways-to-help-yourself-with-a-loved-ones-drug-or-alcohol-use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/four-ways-to-help-yourself-with-a-loved-ones-drug-or-alcohol-use/#respond Sat, 29 Sep 2018 13:46:59 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1507 Are you stuck with trying to help your husband, wife or other family member with their drinking or drug use?  You are probably is a position where you feel you have tried everything and nothing works. They wont stop, they’re lying and you are stressed out with a combination of trying to help them and […]

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Counselling is not the only option https://vestaapproach.co.uk/counselling-is-not-the-only-option/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=counselling-is-not-the-only-option https://vestaapproach.co.uk/counselling-is-not-the-only-option/#comments Fri, 27 Jul 2018 12:03:38 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1388 Counselling is not the only option   Drug and alcohol use affects not only the person using the substance themselves, but the people around them too. It is estimated that for every problematic substance user, between five and twenty family members are affected by their use (ADFAM). I wanted to write about why counselling isn’t […]

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How do I know if someone is an addict?- Part two- The diagnosis of substance use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/how-do-i-know-if-someone-is-an-addict-part-two-the-diagnosis-of-substance-use/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-do-i-know-if-someone-is-an-addict-part-two-the-diagnosis-of-substance-use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/how-do-i-know-if-someone-is-an-addict-part-two-the-diagnosis-of-substance-use/#respond Sun, 15 Jul 2018 11:06:19 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1369 Hopefully you read part one of my blog last week How do I know if someone is an addict?- Part one- The stages of substance use This week, I’ll focus on the diagnosis of substance use. To put it simply, I think if someone has a problem with substance use, then they need help. In our […]

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How do I know if someone is an addict?- Part one- The stages of substance use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/how-do-i-know-if-someone-is-an-addict-part-one-the-stages-of-substance-use/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-do-i-know-if-someone-is-an-addict-part-one-the-stages-of-substance-use https://vestaapproach.co.uk/how-do-i-know-if-someone-is-an-addict-part-one-the-stages-of-substance-use/#respond Sat, 07 Jul 2018 18:53:18 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1356 Did I get your attention? Just so you know, I never ever label anyone an ‘addict’. I’ll explain why in part two of this blog. For now, forget the labels and read on…   Let’s face it, most of us have overindulged with alcohol and/or drugs in our time. Many people do this either regularly […]

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How to help someone that doesn’t want to be helped https://vestaapproach.co.uk/how-to-help-someone-that-doesnt-want-to-be-helped/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=how-to-help-someone-that-doesnt-want-to-be-helped https://vestaapproach.co.uk/how-to-help-someone-that-doesnt-want-to-be-helped/#respond Sat, 30 Jun 2018 13:02:39 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1346 How frustrating is it when we can see that someone we love has problems, yet they don’t seem to see it themselves? When they do see it, it’s a short-term realisation then, usually, a step back into their own behaviours.   For families and friends of that individual, it may seem that it is them […]

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Resilience- how to cope under pressure https://vestaapproach.co.uk/resilience-how-to-cope-under-pressure/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=resilience-how-to-cope-under-pressure https://vestaapproach.co.uk/resilience-how-to-cope-under-pressure/#respond Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:11:13 +0000 https://vestaapproach.co.uk/?p=1340 Resilience- how to cope under pressure I attended Liggy Webb’s Resilience Master Class in Manchester a few years ago and I’ve been a huge fan of her work ever since. I am so excited that she has agreed to guest blog for us. Liggy has worked all over the world supporting individuals and organisations through […]

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