Published: 21/01/2014 09:36 - Updated: 21/01/2014 10:09

Alcohol and drugs family survey

FAMILIES affected by drugs and alcohol are being urged to take part in a Grampian-wide survey.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) is behind the survey.

If someone uses drugs or alcohol in a problematic way it does not only affect that person, it also affects the people around them, their families, partners and friends. They too may need help to cope with the situation and to support their loved one to tackle the problems associated with addiction.

Scottish Families have recently appointed a Grampian Family Support Development Officer to develop a wider range of family support services in Grampian and to help families affected by a loved one’s alcohol and or drug misuse to have their needs met.

The Grampian Family Support Survey 2014 aims to identify the gaps in support provision and to address the barriers experienced by family members. The data gathered through the survey will inform the targeted development of family support in the Grampian region.

The new development officer, Tanja Mehrer, said: “Currently only a small percentage of family members and friends affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol misuse in Grampian seek help for themselves even although they could benefit.

The survey can be accessed via survey monkey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/RQKGQGF or by emailing tanja@sfad.org.uk

People can also phone Tanja Mehrer on 07599 941234 where you can also receive support and information if you are affected by a loved one’s alcohol and or drug misuse.

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