The Art of Loving an Addict – a vox pop

Loving an addict is one of the hardest things someone can do. This week we hear people’s reactions to Antonia’s Rolls’ exhibition, ‘Addicts and Those Who Love Them’.

In episode 1 of Drawn to a Deeper Story, Antonia spoke about being the parent of an addict. She invited me to her exhibition in Brighton and I went along to to talk to people as they came out.

This type of exhibition creates a visceral space and being part of people’s processing experiences felt like an important conversation to have.

See photos of the exhibition.

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Music by Grant McLachlan

Resources for help

In the UK

Adfam – help for families dealing with drug and alcohol addiction

Al Anon – Family group support alcohol addiction, drug addiction and addictive behaviours

Carers UK – Support for carers

Samaritans – FREE Help – Tel: 116 123, E:

NHS Depression Support Groups

NHS Mental Health Services

The British Psychology Society – Find a Psychologist

Mind – Addiction and Dependency Support

In the USA

National Institute of Mental Health – a range of helplines

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – Tel: 1-800-273-8255

American Psychologist Association – Psychologist Finder

USA Government – Help for Mental Health and Substance Abuse

In Australia

Beyond Blue – Mental health support

Headspace – National Youth Mental Health Foundation with support services

The Black Dog Institute – Medical health resources, services and research

SANE Australia – Counselling support, Tel: 1800 187 263 (10am – 10pm)

Alcohol and Drug Foundation – Help and Support Services

OR contact medical services in your country.

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