Established 10 years ago Support 4 Change is a support group for relatives and friends who are close to someone suffering from substance abuse, Alcohol or Drugs. Substance abuse can affect the whole family not just the user.

Those caring for users feel the strong need to rescue their loved ones but often without much success. They feel deep hurt, anger, frustration, shame and depression. They blame themselves for the problem and feel isolated, thinking there’s no one to talk to. We as a group help them to realise it’s not their fault, and they cannot save the user, only the user can do that.

In a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, members can share each other’s experiences, learn coping strategies and benefit from one-to-one consultations if needed.

We try to support them to live their lives in the best way possible, while caring for their loved ones with addiction.

Because of Covid we’re currently unable to meet up, but we have Zoom and WhatsApp group chats every Monday evening. When we are able to meet up again we have the group every Monday evening from 6.15 – 8.15. We also have day trips, meals out and complimentary therapies which help us to relax and enable us to forget for a few hours.

Activities include:

  • Holistic therapies
  • Day trips out
  • Meals out
  • Christmas party
  • Visits to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park

All the above are subsidised, but sometimes a small contribution is asked for.