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Carers of adults with alcohol or drug issues

Devon Carers offers support to people in Devon with caring responsibilities and this includes the people who provide unpaid support and care to those who are living with an addiction.

More traditionally identified as “family and friends” or “concerned others” those providing support to problematic alcohol or drug users are identified as carers in the Care Act 2014. This Act took effect on 1st April 2015.

We have Carer Support Officers working right across the county who can offer you an assessment of your own needs, whatever the needs of the person with addictions and whether or not he or she is already accessing recovery services.  Please telephone our helpline for more information.


Other help:


These are the five RISE (Recovery and Integration Service) offices in Devon:

  • Exeter 01392 492 360
  • South Devon (Newton Abbot) 01626 351 144
  • North Devon (Barnstaple) 01271 859 044
  • Mid and East Devon (Tiverton) 01884 259 748
  • Torridge and West Devon (Okehampton) 01837 659 476 

Carers/family and friends may phone their local RISE office during opening hours to talk to a recovery worker, ask questions or seek help.

Family and Friends Groups (informal, drop in) takes place every Wednesday at RISE, Uplands, Exeter from 1pm to 2pm.

Other offices have plans to start a families and friends groups soon.


Is an organisation that supports families of alcohol users. It is based on a 12-step approach and members work through the steps. They have meetings in locations across Devon

Phone 020 7403 0888 or got to website,  to find where they are held.


Useful websites:

Adfam is a national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Their website has a section for families with lots of advice and a blog page where you can share your story.

Alcohol Concern is a large national charity campaigning on alcohol issues. They are seeking to reduce the harm caused to individuals by the excess use of alcohol. They want to change attitudes and patterns of alcohol consumption in this country. They have an informative website.

Change for Life

Health promotion that includes tips for cutting down on alcohol

DrugScope was the national membership organisation for the drug and alcohol field. It had to close on 31st March 2015 due to lack of funding. Information about alcohol and drugs can still be found on its website.

The organisation campaigns directly on issues that impact on service users and advocates for evidenced based drug policies that are founded on principles of public health rather than a criminal justice approach.