How can we help?
Some Space is a safe and confidential service where you will find support suitable to your needs and commitments. Funded by the London Borough of Camden, our services are free to service users. It can take a little while before you might be clear what sort of help you need most, so we usually 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
Problematic substance misuse has serious consequences for the health and well-being of those who are misusing, and of their family and friends. It may feel like they are in some circle of insanity, which they can't - or don't want to - get out of, despite your pleas, threats, lectures, interventions. It can be helpful to spend time trying to understand the nature of the substance use - "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 out of your control or just too much to even think about. We can also let you know what support might be available to your loved one in the area, and what it can be like for family members if a loved one starts treatment or goes to/comes out of rehab.
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 the quality of our relationships. We are members of families, school years, 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 alcohol or drugs. You may find that it is not the relationship with the person using, but another family member, with whom you argue ABOUT that person. 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.
Alcohol detox: Did you know it can be very dangerous to suddenly stop drinking alcohol? We provide medical support and advice to manage detox.
Naloxone kits and training: If used within a short period following an opioid overdose, naloxone can be effective in reversing the effects (e.g., of heroin, methadone, morphine, codeine, buprenorphine, opium) and can buy critical time while waiting for an ambulance. We can supply you with a free naloxone kit, along with training on its use to prevent and manage opioid overdose, and guidance on preventing accidental ingestion (e.g., by children).
Throughout almost 10 years in Camden we have connected with - and made a positive difference to - many family members and friends of people using substances problematically. Our meet-ups are an opportunity for to talk in a safe space with people in similar situations - about shared problems, or about something completely different, depending on the needs and the mood....
We currently host a small group of people in their 20s and early 30s who meet monthly. Many of them had never knowingly met another person who had a family member experiencing addiction. However understanding friends can be, they may not really "get it". The group members say that it is a relief and comfort to hear that others have had the same thoughts, feelings and similar experiences, and have tried similar strategies. One of the group said “Thank you for providing this. It’s the support and guidance I’ve needed!”
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 available most of the time. Sometimes there are 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.
Online groups & resources
Click here for other local and national groups and resources.
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.
Opiate replacement medications (Methadone) can be highly toxic, even in very small doses, for children.
If you suspect a child has ingested methadone, take them to hospital immediately. Do not give them anything to try to make them vomit before they get to hospital because there is a risk that food or vomit may accidentally enter the lungs and obstruct breathing.
We offer naloxone training to family members to protect loved ones at risk of opioid overdose. Naloxone can reverse the effects of opioids (e.g., heroin or methadone) and save lives.
Contact Some Space directly for information or to get naloxone training.