It can be hard to know what to do or who to turn to when you think a close relative or friend is drinking too much or taking drugs. Families and Carers Together (FACT) is here to support families, friends and partners who are affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use.

We can offer you confidential advice and support to explore your options through assessment, one to one support appointments, access to counselling and access to our peer led support groups.

Inspire Families & Carers own peer led group sessions provide you with the opportunity to speak with people who have been through similar experiences as yourself.

You can also hear occasionally from guest speakers with specialist expertise and explore issues that are directly affecting you through topic focused discussions & workshops.

For more information call the Freephone Fact Helpline Number* – 0800 652 1961 or contact the Accrington Project on 01254 495382.

Alternatively join our Family and carers group every Thursday evening from 5:30-7:30pm at the Effect Lounge (Formerly known as Lily Maes opposite the bus station in Accrington).

East Lancashire Coaching

Emerging Futures provide specialised coaching in East Lancashire for those who wish to use their own experience and expertise to have an impact on others looking to make a journey of discovery, recovery and rehabilitation. Our recovery and family coaches use their own experience to support people, helping them make positive life changes through one-to-one and group coaching. Many go on to help others as qualified coaches and get involved with local initiatives. Some go further and become paid staff in our projects or become social entrepreneurs. We have a strong family offer in East Lancs providing 1-1 coaching interventions and structured group programs to the family members of those experiencing issues with addiction.

Useful Websites

Please take a look at the following charities that may be able to help you


Empowers families and carers, supports frontline workers & influence decision makers to stop drugs & alcohol impacting on families & relationships

Forward Trust

Provide information and advice, support groups & individual counselling for family members and friends of those using drugs or alcohol. 

The Lancashire Carers Service

Carers Link & n-compass are working together to provide a range of support which enables carers to take a break from their caring role

Coronavirus information


Please visit our coronavirus page to read advice for anyone who uses our services.