The Icarus Trust and its Family Friend Model

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The Icarus Trust and its Family Friend Model

Addiction is an issue that affects the whole family: whether it’s stress, feeling undervalued and unhappy or more serious physical and mental health problems. The stigma around drug and alcohol use also plays a huge part, and can make it harder for families to take the first steps to look for support for themselves.

If someone close to you is using drugs or alcohol and you want some support, the Icarus Trust can help. The charity was created in 2013 with a mission of helping any family negatively affected by addictive behaviour, including drugs or alcohol. To achieve this Icarus has developed a network of Family Friends who are trained to offer support. It can be daunting trying to find help for your situation – where do I turn? Which one is best for me? What if it doesn’t work? – but Family Friends will support you over email by listening to you and the problems you are facing, and  helping you find the best and most appropriate needs. They have personal experience and can understand your situation, speak your language, offer a sympathetic response and help point you in the right direction.

The Icarus Trust can support you for as long as you need it, free of charge, and will tailor their support to meet your needs. Get in touch with a Family Friend by emailing A proportion of family members can also access free support from an accredited psychotherapist – please mention if you are interested.

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