Praise for new support group set up to help parents of drug addicts

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A SUPPORT group is helping parents of drug users in Doncaster to cope with the addiction affecting their life.

NHS Doncaster’s Drug Strategy Unit has worked closely with New Beginnings at Balby to support Parents Understanding the Problems of Addiction, or PUPA, giving parents the chance to talk to others and provide support and advice to those who care for a son or daughter with a drug addiction, in a place where they can take time out and be themselves.

Andy Collins, Substance Misuse Community Development Worker at NHS Doncaster, said: “This group is part of our plans to increase provision for parents and carers struggling to cope with a loved ones’ addiction.

“Drug problems have no boundaries, they impact on people from all walks of life and we want to provide support to parents who care for people who have an addiction. Some parents put aside their own health issues which can escalate but we want to empower them and give them the time for themselves they badly need.

One mother, a member of PUPA, said: “I sought help for myself and was able to release all my pent up feelings and fears. I was able to put life into perspective, to accept my son was the best he could be. I felt more empowered, able to set boundaries, to reclaim me time and not focus on his problem. The PUPA group gives parents like me non-judgemental impartial advice and support from people we can trust in a confidential and relaxed setting.”

The PUPA group meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 9.30am to 1pm at United Reformed Church Coffee Shop on Hallgate. Members have sole use of the cafe to ensure confidentiality.

To find out more information about the group visit www.drughub.co.uk or call Christine Copeman at New Beginnings on 01302 571 240.