When someone in the family is abusing drugs and alcohol, everyone suffers.
How do you keep loving, caring for and supporting someone when all they seem to care about is using? Nothing can ever prepare family members for this journey. Life, as it was for everyone, changes forever.
Yet families continue to support those who are dependent despite all the chaos.
Many dependent users have simply stated that without their family support, they would not have survived.
Such is the strength of their love and support. By hanging in there, families actually save the community untold amounts. However, in return families are often judged and discounted. Rather than getting support, families are left to deal with huge amounts of blame, shame and stigma.
But help and support is available from Family Drug Support (FDS). FDS has been providing a range of support services specifically designed for family members of alcohol and drug dependants for more than 17 years.
Stepping Stones to Success is FDS’s award-winning program. FDS has been delivering this course for more than a decade providing reality-based support to more than 1,200 family members.
Theo, pictured, is the program manager and course leader. ‘I have seen the enormous difference from when people enter the course and when they leave,’ he says.
‘They are stronger, better supported, and have taken on skills to better manage their relationship with the user.
‘This will in turn help the user towards better outcomes.’
The next course runs over two weekends: February 1–2 and 8–9 from 9.30am to 4pm.
Spaces are limited and bookings are essential. Please contact Theo on 0402 604 354. For 24-hours-a-day help and support, call toll-free 1300 368 186. Stepping Stones to Success is sponsored by Byron Bay Services Club.