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Living with a loved one experiencing addiction

by Laura Johnston

During the coronavirus pandemic Knowsley residents will be following the Government’s advice to stay at home as much as possible. However some people may be living with a loved one who has issues with drugs or alcohol.

But help is available and Knowsley residents have the opportunity to access free support from Emerging Futures, a not for profit organisation who create opportunities for positive change.

Every Friday people can join a Zoom Family Matters meeting from 1pm to 2pm. They are open to all and allow the chance to speak with a trained Family Coach who use their own lived experience to give support and share tools to help find a positive path through difficult times.  To access this support please email trish@emergingfutures.org.uk.

For those who wish to remain anonymous and not join the group sessions they can email trish@emergingfutures.org.uk or call, text or WhatsApp 07592 503755 to organise one on one support.

Trish McKitterick, National Training and Quality Lead, from Emerging Futures said: “We host these sessions across the UK and have given hundreds of people the support they need during these challenging times. We’re delighted to bring this service to Knowsley.”

Cllr Sean Donnelly, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, said: “In order to help stop the spread of coronavirus we are urging residents to stay at home as much as possible. However we understand that for those who live with loved ones who are experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol this can be challenging. The Emerging Futures support network and our drug and alcohol treatment service Change, Grow, Live offers advice for communities who need it and I’m delighted our residents have access to these valuable services.”

Support is also available for those who are experiencing issues with drugs and alcohol. Please contact Change, Grow, Live Knowsley on 0151 482 6291 or email Knowsley@cgl.org.uk if you or a family member would like support. The service offers support to anyone experiencing issues with drugs or alcohol in a friendly and non-judgemental way.  Assessments can be completed over the phone, and you will receive a treatment package that is tailored to your individual needs. CGL Knowsley deliver a range of interventions from one to one support, health assessments, opiate substitute prescribing , alcohol support and detox options and a range of group and workshop intervention which is currently delivered through their online services.