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Information and support event for those affected by someone’s drug or alcohol use

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An event dedicated to those affected by someone’s drug or alcohol use, will be taking place at The Barnabas Centre in Shrewsbury on Thursday 16 November 2017.

Shropshire’s Families and Concerned Others information event, hosted by Shropshire’s Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT), will be run from 9am to 1pm and aims to provide advice and information around the support available.

Picture of someone drinking a bottle of beer

The event will cover a range of topics including;

  • An overview of Shropshire’s Recovery Partnership and the work they do to help those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse and their families
  • Al-Anon – overview of the work of the group and ‘flavour of a session’
  • Support for families and carers in Shropshire
  • Family addiction – family stories and successes / carers talks

The event will also be used to understand the needs of carers, to ensure the services the council commissions reflect these. Carers will therefore have the opportunity to share experiences and talk to practitioners from various organisations, about their needs, issues, barriers and challenges they face.

Lee Chapman, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for health, adult social care and housing, said:

“Drugs or alcohol not only affect the person concerned, but also has a huge impact on those around them. Carers, family members and significant others play an important part in a person’s recovery so we need to recognise them and their needs.

“The Families and Concerned Others information event offers individuals and families affected an opportunity to seek help and support in finding healthy ways to overcome the negative effects of the disease. At the same time it will offer us the opportunity to look at your needs to ensure the services we provide or commission meet those needs.

“I would really encourage those who feel they would benefit from this event to book a place. We want to ensure that you are not alone and that you need to take care of yourself, regardless of whether the person you are concerned about chooses to get the help they need.”

Booking is essential as places are limited. To book a reservation email gavin.hogarth@shropshire.gov.uk or call 01743 253982.

If you are affected by someone’s behaviour through drug or alcohol misuse, there is help and support available.  Visit Al-Annon’s website at www.al-anon.org.uk  or call their helpline on 0207 403 0888.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance misuse and need support, contact Shropshire Recovery Partnership on 01743 294700. 

Further information

The Shropshire Recovery Network (SRN) is a collective of organisations and groups who are investing in the development of recovery across our county. The network is made up of a range of mutual aid and community groups including local representatives from national organisations such as AA, NA and Al-Anon, alongside smaller community based groups such as Market Drayton Carers Group and New Horizons, a group based in Whitchurch in North East Shropshire.

The overarching purpose of the SRN is to develop and promote recovery throughout Shropshire through the sharing of ideas, mapping local activities and promoting the development of recovery. The network aims to improve the awareness of services, empower service users and strengthen community partnerships.