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Is your friend or relative struggling with addiction?

Struggling with addiction

It’s not me, it’s my friend

Someone else’s addiction can affect your life – be it a relative, friend or colleague. Their behaviour, actions and words can impact how you feel, your job and your own health. We believe addiction affects the whole family, not just the addict.

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Helping your friend

Is this you?

  • You will probably have tried to help the individual many times
  • Perhaps you have given them money?
  • Perhaps you feel they have ruined your life?
  • You may worry about them every minute of the day to the point it is making you unwell?

The bad news is that no one person can stop an addict being an addict; the good news is that at Broadway Lodge we give them the tools to change their lives. We can also help you to cope. The other good news is that you are not at fault. It is not your responsibility to “fix” the addict, in fact, you wont be able to. However, you will have used every piece of energy to try to support them and all to no avail. It’s easy to speak to us about it – call us on 01934 815515 or contact us confidentially online. We’ll be happy to talk to you about your options and what your friend or family member can do.


“My husband came to Broadway Lodge in a desperate attempt to win me back but what he found was a way of finally understanding himself, his actions, and his patterns of behaviour. He is kinder, more patient, a much more attentive dad and husband and a general all-round wonderful man that I always believed he could be.”

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Are you affected by someone else's addiction?

Support for you

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Online One to One Counselling

From our extensive work with relatives, we know that addiction doesn’t just affect the person who is suffering with it, but the impact on those closest to them can be huge. If you are tired of having to pick up the pieces, full of fear, worry and stress for the person with addiction, don’t know what to do for the best or maybe the prolonged strain has resulted in low mood or depression, then one to one online counselling with us is suitable for you.

Through one to one counselling with a highly experienced Broadway Lodge counsellor, you will have professional, non-judgmental support to navigate the challenges in your life and implement positive changes to your behaviour or patterns of thinking.

Talking therapy is an effective way to confide in a professional who will guide you to explore your feelings, emotions and behaviours and untangle them, allowing you to develop understanding and clarity about why you feel the way you do. Support from a counsellor can improve your mental and emotional wellbeing and you will gain the confidence to positively move forward in your life when faced with the illness of addiction in the family.

Click here for more details about online counselling with Broadway Lodge.

Our Online Family Programme (one day)

Each month, one of our highly experienced counsellors leads our online Family Programme, facilitated using Zoom. If you are affected by someone else’s addiction and don’t know what to do for the best or feel at your wits end, then this counsellor led programme is for you. You will join up to nine other participants who are also wanting support to be able to understand addiction and to know how to not only deal with their loved one’s illness but how to also look after their own wellbeing, recover from the traumas of the addiction and to move forward.

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Price & how it works

The price of the Family Programme is £20 for up to two people sharing a screen and if your relative is staying at Broadway Lodge on a private treatment package then the Family Programme is included as part of the package so you will not be charged. It is delivered over a full day (usually the last Sunday of the month), from 10am – 4.30pm. The day is designed to be both educational and supportive and you will be welcome to ask questions throughout. Towards the end of the day, the counsellor will lead a group therapy session involving all participants and there will be an hour to reflect and conclude the family programme you’ve engaged in at the end.

The day will include:

  • Introductions
  • Step 1 & The Family Illness
  • Drama Triangle
  • Enabling
  • Co-dependency
  • Feelings Check
  • Self-care
  • Group Therapy
  • Reflective Practice


How to book:

All upcoming Family Programme dates are listed on our events page here where you can read more about the sessions and book your place and pay online (via Eventbrite). Or please call us on 01934 812319 to book if your relative is staying at Broadway Lodge on a private treatment package or if you’d like to pay by card over the phone . Once booked, you will receive a welcome email and information pack in the post that will be useful for the sessions.


Would you like to know more about the Family Programme?

If you have any questions about the Family Programme please don’t hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

Your wellbeing is important

Other places you can get help


Adfam’s website provides a wealth of information to help families affected by drugs or alcohol. It features lots of helpful information including details about other organisations offering support for families and has a search facility where you can find a support group in your local area.

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Families Anonymous hold group meetings nationwide and are specifically for families and friends of those with a mind-altering substance or related behaviour problem. If there are no face to face groups being held in your local area, you can join their discussion forum which can be found on their website here. Families Anonymous also have a helpline number – please see their website for more information.

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Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. There are over 700 Al-Anon groups held across the UK and Ireland and you can search for your nearest groups on their website. Their group meetings “can provide a much-needed safe haven in which to share experience, strength and hope.” Al-Anon also have a helpline number – details can be found on their website here.

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