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For significant others

Affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use and don't know which way to turn?

At Drug Concern we think of families and close relationships as a network, like interconnecting roads. When there is a road closure all other routes are expected to take the extra burden of traffic. We acknowledge that family members and friends are often impacted by their loved one's drug or alcohol use and expected to carry this extra burden.

Everyone who has a close relationship with a drug or alcohol user may experience a roller coaster of feelings and may not know what services there are to support them. It is not uncommon for people to deal with this alone for a number of years before feeling they are stuck in a hopeless situation.

There can be hope, and while we have no control over whether the user continues to use, we can change our responses to their drug or alcohol use. Drug Concern is keen to ensure that those people affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use receive a service to reduce the impacts of dealing with this what can be a chronic condition.

If you are affected by someone else's drug or alcohol use you have several options. You can self refer to our Peer Support Group or you can request individual sessions.

If you identify yourself in this don't stay stuck in the traffic Connect with us as part of your own change.