Substance Misuse Carer Support
About this service
Caring for someone who struggles with substance misuse can be incredibly difficult and isolating due to stigma around the substance. We are here to support you and to help break down these stigmas.
We offer support to family and friends of people who use alcohol or drugs in and around Wandsworth as long as they have a GP in the borough. The service is provided by Wandsworth Carers' Centre and is open to all Wandsworth residents over 18, who are affected by the drug or alcohol use of someone close to them. If you don't live in Wandsworth but the person using substances does, you can also access the service.
We have a dedicated lead for substance misuse who can support you in your caring role and advocate on your behalf if you need help communicating with professional services. Navigating the mental health and substance misuse services can be difficult and when under the pressure that your caring role may put on you it can sometimes be helpful to have another set of eyes and ears to support you.
We offer flexible and holistic support which includes:
1:1 sessions (advice, information and support)
Signposting and referrals on to other services
Advocacy with support services
Bi-monthly information and peer support sessions
Support to be involved in the person's treatment and be a part of their recovery
Monthly Carer Support Clinic within treatment services WCDAS - St John Hill Therapy Centre
Support can be face to face in our office in Balham, in Treatment services at WCDAS, or another convenient location if you are unable to travel. We also offer telephone support, online support on Zoom or via email, or by out of hours appointments for working Carers.
Referral (how to access this service)
Self referral here: https://carerswandsworth.org.uk/register-with-wandsworth-carers-centre/
Catchment (areas they serve)
GP of the Carer or Cared for person must be in Wandsworth