Family Support

Family Support Service 

Simply having someone to talk to about your problem, can be the easiest way to begin resolving your problem.  WGRC family support service was developed to support and respond to the needs of the family members who have been affected by gambling and / or substance misuse. Their concerns range from relationship difficulties to debt, intimidation, bereavement, loss and financial issues, etc.  

WGRC offers a range of interventions that address the impact of substance misuse and gambling addiction on the family, but that also work to strengthen the family’s role in supporting change. Work with families includes services for family members, and concerned others.

One to One Support
WGRC offers support and counselling from experienced and professional staff, who understand the issues facing families and individuals concerning addiction. You are provided with a space where you can come and talk with the assurance of respect and confidence being extended to you.


Protecting Hands Over Paper Family / Family Protection And Care Concept

Group Support
There is great power in people coming together in a community to support and understand each other. We at WGRC have witnessed this many times as family members –brothers, sisters, spouses, partners, mothers, and fathers – have come together with the common purpose of talking about the impact of addiction within the family, and finding new ways to live and cope, through the support of others living in similar situations.

Family members engaged in family support groups using the 5 step method. The 5 step method is a brief psychosocial intervention to support family members who have a close relative with an alcohol, drug, or gambling problem. The family members participating in these groups reported a reduction in the strain they had been experiencing. Other benefits of the groups were improvements in coping mechanisms, increased self-esteem and strength, reduced stress levels, and reduced negative patterns of behavior. 

The family support groups are linked to the National Family Support Network which provides opportunities for networking with similar groups. The shared learning, exchange of information, and respite this provides are of great benefit to the family support groups.  

If you would like to talk to someone about joining a family support group you can ring us on 01 4198630 or email and you will be put in contact with a family support worker.

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