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Advice for families of people who use drugs

Lots of families in the UK have a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs.

If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of someone who uses drugs, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone.

It's important to recognise this and get the help and support you need.

Families often play an important role in helping someone come off drugs. Getting help for yourself will put you in a better position for supporting your loved one.

Support for the family and friends of people who use drugs

It can be helpful to talk to other people who know what you're going through.

Your GP can give you details of local support groups for people affected by someone else's drug use.

There are also organisations that run helplines and local support groups for people living with a person who uses drugs.


FRANK is a support service that provides information about drugs, plus advice for people who use drugs, and their parents or carers.

Find support near you on the FRANK website

Call the Frank helpline: 0300 123 6600


The Adfam website offers families help with finding support

Find an Adfam support group near you


DrugFAM offers phone and email support to people affected by other people's drug or alcohol misuse.

Contact DrugFAM or call the helpline: 0300 888 3853

Families Anonymous

Families Anonymous is based on the same principles as Alcoholics Anonymous. It runs support meetings for the family and friends of people with a drug problem.

Email: or call the helpline: 020 7498 4680


Release offers free, confidential advice on drugs law for people who use drugs, and their families.

Email: or call the helpline: 020 7324 2989

Where to get help for drug addiction

If you want to stop taking drugs, your GP can tell you about the treatment options and services available. They can also refer you for treatment.

Find your nearest drug addiction support services

Read more about getting help with drug addiction.

Page last reviewed: 13 February 2023
Next review due: 13 February 2026