We know how much of an impact someone substance abuse and/or problem gambling can have on your life.
If someone important to you is abusing alcohol, other drugs, or gambling excessively, you may be experiencing some of the following:
feelings of confusion, fear, helplessness and anger
concerns about the person physical health (for instance you may be afraid they will get really sick or do permanent damage to their liver) or emotional well being
concerns about the impact on children and other family members
concerns about how money is spent
concerns about the future of your relationship
avoidance of social contacts
All of these experiences are normal reactions to very stressful and confusing circumstances.
recognize the signs of alcohol and drug abuse and problem gambling
recognize and understand the impact the gambling, alcohol and drug use is having on you and those you care about
recognize when someone is ready to make changes and when they are not
understand what motivates people to change
learn about the types of help available for people with alcohol, gambling and/or drug problems
avoid ignoring your own needs
reduce feelings of isolation, guilt and helplessness
Our staff are trained and experienced in working with people with gambling, alcohol and other drug problems, and their families. The help we offer is free, practical, confidential and builds on your strengths using methods we know that can work. We offer information, advice, support, one to one counselling, and family counselling – all tailored to your individual situation, needs and goals.
1. You are not responsible for anyone's choice to gamble, drink or use other drugs.
2. It is okay to talk about it.
3. It is not okay for someone to mistreat you or other family members because of their problem.