FDS Support Group Evaluation 2013-14 - page 9

FDS Support Groups Evaluation 2014.
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8) If you were to seek help again, would you come back to our support group?
Rating
Count
%
Definitely
125
91%
Think so
13
9%
Don't think
0
0%
Def. not
0
0%
TOTAL
138
100%
Participant interviews and qualitative responses
Why people attend FDS support groups
The kinds of issues the participants we interviewed had experienced ranged from
concern about teenagers experimenting with marijuana or participating in routine
heavy binge drinking, through to parents whose adult children had had very long term
addiction to multiple drugs. They told us that people within the support groups are at
many different stages in dealing and coping with the drug use, but, typically when
they first come to the group they are highly distressed, confused, and many have been
dealing with the problem without any support for months or years.
The literature shows that problematic drug use takes a substantial toll on families,
creating anger, conflict and shame.
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It also frequently destroys healthy family
dynamics, as conflict escalates and the focus of family attention is on stopping and
hiding the drug use. Parents also often report of mental health and physical problems
as a consequence of the stress and anxiety, including very valid fears for the life and
well being of the drug user.
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These issues were also reported by the family members
we spoke with and in the open ended survey responses, as these comments show:
“We felt so ashamed. We didn’t tell anyone for two years.”
4
Barnard, M. (2005). Drugs in the family: The impact on parents and siblings. Glasgow:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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Barnard, M. (2005). Drugs in the family: The impact on parents and siblings. Glasgow:
Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
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Def.
Think so Don't think Def. not
Would use support groups
again
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