Launch of Being There support service

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Are you concerned about a loved one’s alcohol or drug use? How does this make you feel? If you are over 18 and living in Dumfries and Galloway, a new support service, Being There, can help you.

 Being There officially launched on Monday October 12 2020 across our region. Funded by the Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drugs Partnership, this new and innovative service will offer a listening ear for people struggling with a loved one’s drug or alcohol use.

 Being There is a free, confidential, non-judgmental service, which can offer emotional support, help and practical advice when families and friends need it most.

 Dr Angela Roberts, Being There Project Lead, said: “We are delighted to launch this new support service.  It is not easy to live with someone’s problematic alcohol or drug use. However, it is easy for friends and family feel overwhelmed by a loved one’s behaviour or isolated due to the stigma around drugs and alcohol. It is also easy to feel guilty and forget about their own needs.”

 Ms Jackie Davies, ADP Strategic Lead, said: “In commissioning this Family Support Service, Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drug Partnership hope that Being There will be a lifeline for those family members affected by someone else’s drinking and drug use. This is the first dedicated alcohol and drugs family support service funded by the ADP in Dumfries and Galloway which will provide advice and support for family members in their own right.”

 Being There can help the parent, sibling, grandparent, child [over 18], partner, best friend of someone struggling with alcohol or drugs problems.

 Whatever the relationship, Being There is there for you.


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