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.

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.”

Wife of former client

Are you affected by someone else's addiction?

Support for you

Free Family Programme at Broadway Lodge

We hold a free family programme which runs on selected Sunday’s and is open to anyone who is seeking support because a relative or friend has an addiction.

It is very important for anyone affected to look after themselves and know how to recover from the traumas of the individual’s illness. We understand that relatives are often stressed, worried and fearful for the individual and we support family members by offering education about addiction and ways to look after their own well-being. The session will cover topics such as resentments, people pleasing, anger and co-dependency.

Our family programme is delivered by one of our counsellor’s in a small group session and we recommend attending as many sessions as possible for maximum benefit. Attendance at the Sunday family programme is free, however, as a charity, we are always appreciative of any donations, big or small, which can be made at reception.

“Chris was fantastic at helping to understand addiction, recovery and ourselves within addiction. Some really helpful explanation examples to help us make sense of addiction. And to feel ok to put ourselves first is very liberating! We will be back. Also, the group and meeting others was really supportive.” Family Programme Attendee

“As a first visit it was hard to know what to expect. The sessions were excellent and Chris brought them alive with humour, insight and encouraged interaction. I feel I have learnt a lot. Thanks.” Family Programme Attendee

“I found the session very helpful and enlightening.” Family Programme Attendee

Instructions on how to book and upcoming session dates are listed in the events section here.

Please note: unfortunately we are not able to hold any Family Programme sessions currently due to the coronavirus pandemic. Any upcoming sessions will be advertised on the events page on our website.


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.


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.


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.