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In this section there are a number of different resources that can be used by a family support group or facilitator of a family support group. Included in this section is information on funding sources, relevant training courses and respite locations that have been recommended by members of family support groups.
In addition to this the website shows a number of tools that can be used by groups or family members that support them to examine their own needs. The seven stages of coping with heroin use identified in the NACD study 2007 in ‘The Experiences of Families Seeking Support in Coping with Heroin Use’ describes the different stages families may go through when coping with a loved one’s drug use. Family members, support groups and family support workers can use this tool to identify or support family members to identify at which stage they feel they are currently in. This can give an indication into the progress families have made or help family members identify their needs.
Other useful tools include the wheel of change that describes the process of addiction. There are also tables that support family members to identify their different needs and possible services that could support them. This is useful particularly at a group level. Once a group has completed these tables it can give an indication as to whom a group should develop links with or the different speakers or inputs they would like to hear from.