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Advice for families of drug users - Healthy body

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

If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, 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 people to come off drugs. If you get help for yourself, you'll be able to support your loved one better.

Support for family and friends of drug users

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 drug user:


The Talk to Frank service provides information about drugs, and advice for drug users, parents and carers.

Find support near you 

Helpline number: 0300 123 66 00


Adfam has local groups for families affected by drugs and alcohol. It also has a range of information for the families of drug users.

Find a support group near you


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

Email or phone the helpline on 0300 888 3853.

Families Anonymous

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

Helpline number: 0845 1200 660


Release offers free, confidential advice on drugs law for drug users and their families.

Email or phone the helpline on 020 7324 2989.

Where to get help for drug addiction

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

Or you can find your nearest drug addiction support centre yourself.

See more about getting help with drug addiction.

Page last reviewed: 30 April 2017
Next review due: 30 April 2020