There are many services, local and national, to support and help you

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We are leading the way in developing programmes to identify and support children living in families where parents are affected by drugs or alcohol misuse.

Our services

Reveal - Dorset

Reveal joins substance misuse and domestic violence support, working with professionals to provide Reveal (REducing Violence through Education and Learning) across Dorset. We want to safeguard the most vulnerable young people by tackling specific forms of abuse: domestic abuse and drugs and alcohol misuse.

Find out more about Reveal

The Children's Society East - Essex

The Children’s Society has a Community Hidden Harm Awareness Team (CHHAT) which is a community based programme in Essex. We work with young carers aged 8-19 years who are experiencing emotional or physical abuse, domestic violence, neglect, underachieving at school and are prone to truancy; as a result of a parent or family member’s substance misuse.

Find out more about CHHAT

National support and signposting

There are a range of local services offering help to children and young people affected by a parent’s drug or alcohol use. To find support in your area, you can search a database on the Frank website. Frank is a national charity which offers friendly, confidential advice.

Find a service in your area

Other useful websites

  • Action on Addiction - a charity working across the addiction field in treatment, professional education, support for families and children, research, and campaigns
  • A.D.A.M - a website run by Alcohol Focus Scotland for young people who are concerned about or may be affected by another person’s drinking. A.D.A.M stands for Another's Drinking Affects Me
  • Adfam (families, drugs and alcohol) – Adfam’s mission is to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use
  • Alateen - for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics
  • Alcohol Concern - helping people with information, advice and support with their questions about drinking and the problems that can sometimes be caused by alcohol
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland - campaigns to reduce the impact of alcohol on health, families and communities
  • Aquarius - the national charity helps people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. Aquarius runs a young people's service in Birmingham offering support for under 18s who live with someone who uses drugs or alcohol.
  • Babble – an online community for young carers
  • Carers Trust - a major charity for, with and about carers
  • Choices with Fixers - a site with young peoples' shared stories and advice on alcohol, drugs, crime and other issues
  • COAisathing is a website run by the child of an alcoholic. The site welcomes the stories and experiences of children, young people and adults who have been affected by a parent's drinking
  • Drink Aware - an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. Drink Aware aims to help people make better choices about drinking
  • Drinkline - 0300 123 1110, a helpline for anyone who is concerned about their own or someone else's drinking
  • DrugWise – promoting evidence-based information on drugs, alcohol and tobacco
  • FRANK - friendly, confidential drugs advice. The website also lists an A-Z of drugs
  • It's the drink talking - a youth-driven campaign, hosted by Alcohol Concern that gives young people a voice on alcohol issues and the tools to create positive change
  • Message boards - for young people living with a family member's addiction to drugs, alcohol or behaviour such as gambling. The message boards were originally run by COAP (Children of Addicted Parents) but are now under the care of Nacoa.
  • National Association for the Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa)- providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking
  • National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) - part of Public Health England
  • NSPCC FEDUP programme - helping children and families where one or both parents misuse drugs or alcohol
  • Public Health England Alcohol Learning Resources - providing online resources and learning for commissioners, planners and practitioners working to reduce alcohol-related harm
  • The Young Carers Initiative, part of our Include programme.