Family & Friends support


Families come in all shapes and sizes. Families can be people related by blood, marriage, friends or other close relationships

If you have concerns about someone else’s use of alcohol and other drugs (AOD) you are in the right place. There is hope.

We are aware that having someone close to you who is using AOD in a way that is causing problems for themselves and others can be very stressful and confusing and can negatively affect families.

You may be experiencing anxiety, fear, grief, hopelessness, shame and isolation. We encourage family and friends to access CADS as a way to meet others and get support to manage these feelings and learn about dependency, substances and useful coping strategies.

CADS have a range of options available as support for you:

  • Family & friends groups in all the CADS units

  • Family & friends information evenings

  • One to one counselling

"Coming to CADS has changed our family dynamics and helped reduce my personal stress levels for which I have been hospitalised several times...” 

”Many thanks for the knowledge shared, support mechanisms and practical help. I am a better, more confident person, more able to cope and our marriage will be stronger...”

You are welcome to seek support for yourself whether the person you are concerned about is a CADS client or not

CADS clinics are open 5 days a week from 10am - 1pm for information and support. 

Some websites and a helpline that you might find helpful