Q & As

Over the coming weeks and months we will be adding new material to this page that those affected by someone else’s harmful use of alcohol, drugs, substances and gambling can use to help develop their understanding of how to cope with the situations they find themselves in.

Substance abuse disorder is a tragic human drama in which there are at least four characters: the user and their family; friends; colleagues and even counsellors may have a part in keeping the Merry-Go-Round turning. Disorders rarely appear in one person set apart from others; it seldom continues in isolation from others. Click the above title to download a copy.

What is the evidence behind early intervention?


Where can I find an online intervention to help young people affected by alcohol/drug misuse or mental ill health in their family? 


What are Adverse Childhood Experiences?


What Do I Do if My Child is Using Drugs?


What is ‘enabling’?


How can I stop enabling my grown child and nurture their independence?


How do I get someone sectioned?


What is a reliable drug testing service?


How can I arrange to visit someone in prison?


Why is fentanyl so addictive?

Fentanyl DrugFacts | National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Fentanyl: medicine to treat severe pain – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

What are the main treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 


Where can grandparents go for advice?




Where can I find a podcast about Hunter Biden’s challenges with alcohol and drugs?


Where can I watch a short animation explaining Trauma and the brain?

Where can I find information about Cannabinoid Hyperemesis-Syndrome? 



Where can I watch a movie exploring the link between trauma and addiction?


How can I find a therapist?


How do I apply for an adult social care assessment?


Where can I read about alcohol related brain damage?


What books do you recommend?

“Don’t Let Your Kids Kill You” by Charles Rubin

“Facing Co-dependence” by Pia Melody

“Understanding and Helping an Addict (and keeping your sanity)”  by Dr. Andrew Proulx

“The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma” by Bessel van der Kolk

“I Wish I’d Known” by Fiona Spargo-Mabbs

“The Road Less Travelled” by M. Scott Peck

“Beyond Fear” by Dorothy Rowe

Beyond Addiction : How Science and Kindness Help People
Change by Jeffrey Foote, Carrie Wilkens and Nicole Kosanke.


Get Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading,
and Threatening by Robert J. Meyers and, Brenda L. Wolfe

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