If you would like to speak to a counsellor please contact FASS on 01592 206200 or see our How to refer page. Referrals can also be made by GPs, social workers and other concerned helpers.
Looking after others and looking after yourself
One of the hardest things to go through is being a member of the family or friend of someone with a drinking problem. You can go through a rollercoaster of emotions - denial, embarassment, concern, and more.
Whatever the relationship of the family member to the problem drinker, most will have noticed how the alcohol use has affected:
- the way the problem drinker interacts with other members of the family
- the family atmosphere
- the feeling of trust that you once had
If you recognise that someone close to you may be experiencing a problem with alcohol, it can help to be able to talk to someone about this in confidence. Having someone to listen and understand what you are going through can make all the difference.
Counselling support for relatives and friends
Our counsellors can provide confidential support for someone coping with or trying to help a drinker. This service is currently available to people aged 16 years and over.
Looking after others booklet
The passage at the top of this page is from our Looking after others booklet. It's full of good advice and guidance. You can download a pdf copy here