Our network of four groups in the North East Region supports family members who have been affected by addiction issues. We offer weekly facilitated peer-led groups, 1-1's, counselling & respite for family members. Our network is completely volunteer run and Dundalk Urban Council have given us a building to coordinate our Network. Our mission is to increase the help available to educate family members, communities and society about the devestation addiction causes and to show how families who receive support & education can actually become a great resource in their communities.
Why would I go to a group and listen to everyone else's problems when I have so much of my own", was my reply when asked to go to family support. So just to be polite I agreed to meet up with someone for a coffee and a chat, or should I say a coffee and a cry. This person understood everything my family and I was going through simply because they had been there too. They gave me a glimmer of hope and so I attended my first family support meeting.The support I received there was amazing. The group allowed me to be myself and confidently share all my troubles and worries without judgment. When there is addiction in a family you find yourself losing yourself and becoming someone you never wanted to be .Family support helped me to understand addiction and find myself again. Some five years later I find myself still involved with the group and loving it. I've now trained as a facilitator, met some wonderful people,and am giving back some of the hope and support that I received.My troubles with addiction in the family are far from over but with family support I know I can cope.
- Testimonial from a Family Support Member
Our phone no is 042 9355251 and the mobile is 087 9046405. The landline hours at the moment are Mon, Tues, 9am to 3pm, Wed 9am to 1pm and Thursday evening 6.30pm to 9.30pm. The mobile is 24hr - if you have to leave a message - we will call you back within 24 hours or less.
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