What support resources are available for family members and loved ones affected by substance use?

There are a number of support resources out there.  Here are just a few:

  • Vancouver Coastal Health Family Representative maintain a list of support resources for families and individuals affected by mental illness and/or addiction. It is available here.

  • In BC family members and support persons may find it helpful to access From Grief to Action support resource. Various support groups and an extensive coping kit resource is provided on this site.

  • If a family member is struggling to have a loved one begin treatment for substance use issues, research suggests Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) may be helpful. Find out more about this intervention here.

    • Getting Your Loved One Sober: Alternatives to Nagging, Pleading and Threatening is a book written for affected family members by Robert Myers and Brenda Wolfe, the developers of CRAFT

    • Beyond Addiction: How Science and Kindness Help People Change is another book written by experts in the field. It takes a evidence based approach to helping family members and loved one with substance use challenges.

      • The authors of this book also have an excellent website with many helpful and free resources for family members. For example, they have a 20 Minute Guide (directed to partners or family members) which is like a brief version of their book. The 20 Minute Guide is available here. They also have a newsletter that you can subscribe to with helpful tips here, and a blog with past helpful tips/content from the newsletter listed here. Lastly, they have a Beyond Addiction Podcast available here.