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Supporting families affected by drinking, drug use or gambling

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This Families Awareness Week (20 – 26 June), Tower Hamlets Council is shining a spotlight on the support available for anyone affected by drinking, drug use or gambling of a family member or friend.

Substance use and gambling can have a devastating impact on families and loved ones who face considerable challenges on a day-to-day basis, including fear, isolation, abuse, loneliness, mental stress, financial difficulty and stigma.

Many families prioritise their loved one’s problem and never seek support for themselves. During Families Awareness Week, families affected by these issues are being encouraged to ‘take five’ and find support for themselves through a local group or service.

In Tower Hamlets, the following support is available to families:

  • M_PACT (Moving Parent and Children Together): An eight-week programme focused on bringing families together who need help and reassurance
  • CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training): An eight-week support group for friends and family
  • BCT (Behavioural Couple Therapy): A 12-16 week programme to reduce conflict between parents and improve outcomes for children
  • First step to recovery: An opportunity for groups of women who are pregnant or with children under five to meet. The programme runs online from 1 - 3pm every Friday
  • Tower Hamlets Council also offers one on one support, training, advice and information on anything family related, and can signpost people onto alternative support in the community.

For more information on any of the above programmes, please email reset.towerhamlets@cgl.org.uk and ResetFamilyService@cgl.org.uk  

Families can also access support by visiting Adfam’s website, which has a range of information resources, including:

Anyone struggling due to a friend or family member affected by drinking, drug use or gambling face their own complexities and challenges. Accessing support can help people improve their wellbeing and meet others that are in a similar situation.

Families Awareness Week is led by Adfam, the national charity advocating for families affected in this way.

For more information on Families Awareness Week, please visit www.familiesawarenesswek.org

Posted on Monday 20th June 2022