How can we help?
Some Space is a safe and confidential service where you will find support most suitable to your needs and commitments. Funded by the borough of Camden, our services are free to service users. It usually takes a little while before you might be clear what sort of help you need most, so usually we suggest arranging a couple of individual meetings with one of our team members to help you decide. Here is a list of suggestions of what might be helpful:
Advice and information meetings
Addiction is a condition which has serious consequences for the health and well-being of those who are addicted, and of their family and friends. It feels like they are in some circle of insanity, from which they can't - or don't want to - get out of, despite your pleas, threats, lectures, interventions. It is often helpful to spend time on trying to understand the nature of addiction - "why can't they just say NO?" - and how to minimise risks. This knowledge may also assist in devising a "coping plan" and deciding what small changes are realistic and doable, and what things are just too much to even think about.
Sometimes, in the process of exploring the reality of living with addiction, you may discover that there are some wider and deeper issues in your life or in yourself that could benefit from longer and more focused assistance. In such instances we are able to offer up to 12 counselling sessions.
Relationship Reconciliation (TANDEM therapy)
Our lives are defined by quality of our relationships. We are members of families, school forms, peer groups, work teams. We are sons, daughters, siblings, wives, husbands, grandparents. Mates, friends, business partners. One of those relationships is now being affected by substance misuse. You may find that it is not the one with the user, but another family member, with whom you argue ABOUT the user. The reason is often simple miscommunication on both sides, with both trying their best to help the situation. By engaging in TANDEM therapy you will learn about conflict resolution, and how to prevent a miscommunication developing into a conflict.
Throughout our several years in Camden we have been able to connect with - and hopefully make a positive difference to - many family members and friends of "addicted others". Some of them continue to stay in touch and to welcome new members of our little community. Coffee mornings are an opportunity for an informal chat with other people in similar situation - about shared problems, or about something completely different, depending on the needs and the mood...
Sometimes you feel like you can't talk any more, and if feels like everything has already been said - not once but hundreds of times. Sometimes what is needed is giving attention to your body, and repaying it with a bit of TLC for being so loyal and supportive in your struggles.
The range of therapies on offer varies at different times. Auricular (ear) acupuncture and mindfulness groups are there for you most of the time. There are also sometimes yoga classes and massages. What we can't offer ourselves we will try to find for you among the many fantastic places in Camden offering amazing classes or therapy sessions.
Did you know that it can be very risky to suddenly quit alcohol after developing a high tolerance to it? It is important to get medical advice and care to reduce gradually and stop.
Click for the NHS/NICE guidelines.