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Maryon’s Story - Living With the Reality of Loss


Dr Maryon Stewart talks about the tragic loss of her 21 year old daughter Hester, a medical student, who died in 2009 after taking a half dose of the drug GBL with alcohol, she never woke up. Out of the…

The Importance of Listening; and the Helpline Volunteers


I became involved with the National Association for Children of Alcoholics or Nacoa while at university in Bristol. Although my first objective was to gain some volunteering experience doing something I had never done before, it was my personal experience…

Families Want Answers to Addiction


Brendan talks about addiction as a condition that affects all the family, and how tackling it as a family with the help of a support group that can provide education, advice and counselling is the most effective way of beating…

Elizabeth’s Story - Living With the Reality of Loss


Elizabeth Burton-Phillips lost her son Nicholas in 2004, he and his identical twin Simon had become heroin addicts together, plunging the family into a world of secrecy, shame and stigma, failed attempts at rehab, and ultimately bereavement when Nicholas took…

Gail’s Story - Living With the Reality of Loss


Gail Pitts lost her son Nick three years ago, he died after a party to celebrate qualifying to teach English in Thailand, two weeks before he was due to leave, he was 28. Nick was a reformed recreational user who…

Drugs & Demographics


Most people think of drugs and young people, but the issue on the horizon is the growth in the number of older users; that is people over 55 years of age. These are potentially life-long users who have worked and…

Reclaiming Lives; Sex Work and Addiction


If your daughter ended up as an addict and sex worker walking the streets, where would you go for help? Inexcess interviews Award winners of the guardian Charity Awards 2010, one25. Claire McKenzie, Casework Manager highlights the challenges, dangers and…

Caring and Campaigning


Members of Manchester Carers Group share their thoughts and experiences of caring and campaigning for those affected by addiction. In a powerful and sometimes emotional interview a common themes emerges of poor attitudes towards the poor relations of caring; inadequate…

Carol’s Story - Concerned For A Loved One


Founder of Manchester Carers Group, drugs campaigner and mother of six Carol has experienced addiction first hand as a parent, carer, and an addicted person herself. Carol’s son began misusing substances at the age of 12, starting with glue, progressing…

Wendy’s Story - A Story of Addiction and Co-dependency


We are very privileged to have both a written and broadcast journey from Wendy. Her story in Carers Community is powerful and moving. This broadcast is compelling, at times haunting. A Story of Addiction and Co-dependency It’s a long time since I…