I care for someone with drug or alcohol problems
Some people drink alcohol quite carefully and some people do not drink it at all. Some people drink alcohol, mis-use illegal drugs or use medicines (but not in the way the doctor advised them to) so that they can change the way they feel. Some people have a problem with drink or drugs which means:
- It’s really hard to stop using drink or drugs.
- They act in a strange or scary way when they have used alcohol or drugs.
- They need looking after when they use alcohol or drugs.
If you live in a home where drinking or drug-use is a secret from people outside the home, it can feel like:
- You are not sure what’s going on.
- You don’t know who to trust.
- You might want to tell someone but you are not sure who or how.
- You have lots of different feelings about what’s happening.
This may be for lots of reasons:
- Adults and children can be scared about what will happen if they look for help.
- People in the family don’t always keep their promises or do what they say they will do.
- There are so many difficult feelings about the drinking or drug-use that it seems easier to pretend everything is okay.
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