Are you worried about someone else’s drug use?

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Support for family and friends

Drugs can affect the person taking them, their family, friends and their community. It can be very worrying to think that someone you care about is taking drugs. We know how hard it is, but there is help available.

Carers Support West Sussex: Families and Friends Network

The Families and Friends Network supports people who are affected by someone else's drinking and/or drug use. All services are confidential, and you can receive free information, advice and support. The network offers:

  • information about alcohol
  • local drop-in services and support groups
  • individual appointments, at a time and place that suit you
  • a quarterly newsletter.

For more information, please visit the Carers Support West Sussex website.

Telephone: 0300 028 8888.


Adfam is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol. The website has lots of information for those affected by someone else’s drinking or drug use, as well as details of local support groups.

Worried about your child?

If you are a parent and you are concerned your child may be taking drugs, there is help and support available. We understand it is not an easy conversation to have with your child, but being prepared to discuss drugs makes it easier. It's never too early or too late to talk about drugs with your child. The NHS website has some helpful tips.

DAWN, the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network, provides support to people of any age, who are looking to reduce or stop their drinking or use of drugs.

For support for young people aged up to 24, contact the service via:
Call: 0330 128 1113
Email Change, Grow, Live
Online referral form (new window)

For support for adults aged 25, contact the service via:  
Call: 0330 128 1113
Email Change, Grow, Live
Online referral form (new window)

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