Carers of Substance misusers

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A useful overview of the Services Action for Change offer Carers and Significant Others of Substance misuse. Based in East Sussex with 18 drop-in points across the county.

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  • Substance misuse can have a negative impact on the nuclear family and wider family, and on the social networks and communities it occurs in (Copello et al., 2005). It can affect significant others in numerous ways: their physical and psychological health, home life, friendships and relationships, employment and education frequently suffer (Velleman et al., 1993). Children and young people can be particularly affected (Velleman and Templeton 2007; Barnard 2005, 2006).
  • Carers of Substance misusers

    1. 1. Carer Project www.action-for-change.org
    2. 2. Carer Support• Recognition• Access to information & support• Staying mentally & Physically well www.action-for-change.org
    3. 3. Impact of substance misuse on families and other carers• Physical health• Psychological health• Home life• Friendships and relationships• Employment• Education www.action-for-change.org
    4. 4. Who are we?• Funded by the PCTs to deliver support for Carers/Significant Others across East Sussex• Free service• Accessible to all adults• A team of experienced professionals www.action-for-change.org
    5. 5. What do we do?• We work with Carers of substance misusers• We support people in understanding substance misuse• Help individuals to explore their goals• We work with other agencies and health professionals• We help individuals with coping strategies to reduce stress and anxiety www.action-for-change.org
    6. 6. Where are we?Hanover House Green Coat Housein St Leonards in Eastbourne• Battle • Eastbourne• Bexhill • Lewes• Hastings • Hailsham• Rye • Newhaven• St Leonards • Seaford• Uckfield • Heathfield www.action-for-change.org
    7. 7. When, service times?• Operate 6 days a week• At a range of different times• Mornings & Evenings www.action-for-change.org
    8. 8. How can people access our service?• Self-referral through open access• Agency referral• GP referral to the worker in the surgery• Direct to Action for Change www.action-for-change.org
    9. 9. How do we work with you?• Feedback when you refer patients to us• Point of contact if you would like to discuss concerns about someone affected by anothers substance misuse www.action-for-change.org
    10. 10. Any questions Further information 0300 111 2470www.action-for-change.org www.action-for-change.org

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