Supporting families coping with drink and drug issues

Claire Wadsworth is a family support development officer.
Claire Wadsworth is a family support development officer.

Brave mums have told how they are coping with their sons alcohol and drug abuse thanks to a new support group for families.

Claire Wadsworth is a family support development officer in East Dunbartonshire for the charity, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs.

Claire started a group in Kirkintilloch in October last year and another will be getting under way in Auchinairn later this month.

The Kirkintilloch group is made up of people from all walks of life, including grans, mums and sisters and it’s open to men.

A 65-year-old gran, from Bishopbriggs, watched her husband die from alcoholism and fears for her 32-year-old son, who is also a heavy drinker.

She said: “About three weeks ago he went out one night and didn’t come back. I heard the police helicopter and thought they were looking for his body.

“He came back and didn’t know where he’d been. I was that glad that he was alive.

“Over the last year he has been making real efforts.

“It affects the whole family in one way or another. It’s good being able to talk to people at the group who know what you are going through.”

A Kirkintilloch mum whose husband has been left in a care home because of his addiction to alcohol is worried about her son’s use of cannabis.

The 55-year-old said: “It affected my youngest son the most. He has no life what-so-ever, he won’t go out the door and won’t socialise with anyone. I don’t think I have the strength to go through the same with him.”

The mum is hoping to attend the new group starting in Auchinairn as work commitments means she can’t make it to the Kirkintilloch session.

Claire, who runs the groups, can also advocate on behalf of members and speak to other agencies, such as the addiction team.

The Kirkintilloch based group meets in Kirkintilloch Baptist Church every second Thursday, 10am-12pm. The new Auchinairn group is starting on March 25.