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.

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?


Where can I find information on drugs and their properties, applications, effects and risks?


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 information about Cannabinoid Hyperemesis-Syndrome?


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? (Although DrugFAM cannot provide any endorsement of the books we list, the following books have all been recommended by our supporters).

“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

“Gone To Pot” by Terry Hammond

“Loving an Addict, Loving Yourself: The Top 10 Survival Tips for Loving Someone With an Addiction” by Candace Plattor

“Endless Possibilities: My Fresh Start” by Matthew Ingram

“Endless Possibilities: Addiction blog” by Matthew Ingram

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