Swanswell's online chat for carers worried about alcohol or drug misuse

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Adult carers worried about alcohol or drug misuse have the chance to get help and support through a special online chat being hosted by Swanswell later this month.

We hope this service will give people the confidence to take that first step and get help from organisations like Swanswell, so they can change their lives for the better

Organised jointly with Carers Trust, Swanswell – a national recovery charity which wants to achieve a society free from problem alcohol and drug use – will be offering information and advice to people over 18-years-old, who have a caring responsibility.

A member of the Swanswell team will be available to answer questions about the carer’s own use of alcohol or drugs, or that of the friend or relative they are caring for.

The free, confidential chat will be available at http://www.carers.org on Thursday 21 February 2013 between 7.00pm and 8.00pm.     

Chris Robinson, Swanswell’s Director of Services, said: ‘We know that there are at least 250,000 people in the UK who are affected by a relative’s problematic use of opiates or crack alone (Source: Carers Trust) but many take on the burden of trying to deal with the issues themselves.

‘Often, it’s because the loved ones they’re looking after don’t want others to know about problems they might be facing or they just don’t know where to turn.

‘So we’ve joined with Carer’s Trust again to make it as easy as possible for those carers to get in touch for information and guidance about their own alcohol or drug use, or that of a friend or relative they’re looking for.

‘We hope this service will give people the confidence to take that first step and get help from organisations like Swanswell, so they can change their lives for the better.’

Sam Symington, Online Support Manager for Carers Trust, said: ‘We’re delighted to be working with Swanswell again to offer vital support to adult carers across the country.

‘There are around seven million carers in the UK, so it’s really important that we can reach as many people as possible and make information around substance misuse as easily accessible as we can.

‘Our partnership with Swanswell means adult carers can get advice about alcohol and drug misuse from a professional in the comfort of their own home, which is incredibly useful to those leading busy lives.’

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