FAMILY AND FRIENDS SUPPORT GROUPS
Family, friends and peer Support Groups are based on common or shared issues that build on the lived experience of the participants. They aim to explore solutions, strategies and support, relevant to the individual members of the group.
Family Drug Help has developed a network of self-help, mutual Support Groups across Victoria for parents, friends and partners of problematic drug users. The purpose of each group is to provide accurate information, support and referrals to those effected by drug use in their family or friendship group, and reduce the impact of fear, anxiety, helplessness, or shame that family members may experience when learning about, or coping with, drug use.
The establishment of a Support Group means that family members are themselves able to access local information and support by coming along to meetings. This involvement has, in turn, assisted families to better understand and support their family member who is using drugs.
WHAT DO SUPPORT GROUPS DO?
Groups meet regularly to offer support to families and friends through the provision of:
Mutual Support comes from families experiencing problematic drug use supporting each other. Support is the main function of the groups, backed up with education and provision of accurate information about drugs.
Help supports twenty one Support Groups across Victoria. If you would
like to contact a group to find out more about the way they work to
find your nearest group and contact information click on the region
from the Support Group menu.
For information on how to establish a group in your area, see Network Services below.
function of Network Services is the establishment and support of the
Drug Help network.
information and/or support on starting a support group in your area,
email Anne Iversen - Support Group Network Coordinator : firstname.lastname@example.org
or ring (03) 9573 1777
Artworks from ' Reducing
the Storm to a Whisper ' exhibition in the Autumn of 2006 by the
talented Mt Evelyn Families and Friends Support Group members. The very
well received exhibition was a revealing reflection on the impact
drugs and alcohol have on the families. The exhibition was generously
supported by the Shire of Yarra Ranges.