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Support for carers of substance abusers

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DRUG CONCERN has launched a scheme to help change the lives of those supporting people with drug problems.

It will begin in September.

The five-session programme, which is free and confidential, came about when an islander, Mandy, who previously contacted Drug Concern to seek support for a relative suffering from substance abuse, realised she needed help herself.

In the absence of such a service locally, she attended a brief programme in the UK for family members of substance users.

On her return, she contacted Drug Concern and spoke about how the programme had been life-changing and that she wanted to be part of something locally that could help people in similar situations to her own.

Mandy, who did not want to give her surname, has been recruited as a volunteer to help facilitate the programme to help adult parents, partners or carers affected by drug or alcohol use.

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