Footsteps Support for Drugs and Alcohol abuse

Footsteps Support for Drugs and Alcohol abuse

Who are Footsteps?

Footsteps 2000 is a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Our aim is to provide support to family members or indeed anyone who is affected by somebody else’s substance misuse.

The charity was founded in 2000 by family members of drug and alcohol users who were struggling to cope with drug and alcohol problems in their own families. Indeed, many of our workers have lived experience therefore have an understanding of what you may be feeling.

We aim to provide an appropriate and effective service to all family members concerned about substance misuse within their family, irrespective of whether or not their loved one is accessing treatment services.

Footsteps have a committed team of staff who provide support through a wide range of services in both Warrington and St. Helens areas.

Footsteps offer our support service to children and young people from the age of 4 years through to grandparents. We also have a service that we offer to those using drugs and/or alcohol.

How can Footsteps help?

  • By listening
  • Through information
  • Through support

Our trained staff and volunteers are always ready to help. Our service is free, and you can talk to someone about your fears, feelings, and concerns in a friendly, confidential environment.

Footsteps want to empower clients to achieve changes in their family relationships which improves their own well-being and that of other family members. We can offer

support to help you cope with the situation at hand and support you in regaining control over your own life by building on your strengths and coping skills.

What Footsteps can offer

Footsteps provide as range of different services including

  • One-one support
  • Counselling
  • Telephone support
  • Support groups
  • Home visits
  • Family run programme – M-PACT
  • Wellbeing programme
  • Educational Workshops
  • Advocacy, mediation, and support at formal and informal meetings
  • Respite opportunities
  • School visits

How’s your wellbeing?

Life can be challenging, Especially when drugs and alcohol are involved. This can have a big impact on our wellbeing and our ability to cope. But how do you know when things are getting to be too much or that we need some extra support. Our questionnaire may help answer some of these questions. Give it a try?


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Footsteps 2000

supporting all family members concerned about substance misuse within their family

Family Support

Often when we talk about substance misuse, we focus on how this has an impact on the person abusing the substance. However, here at footsteps we understand the impact substance misuse has on the family and friends that surround the loved one. Families become broken and hurt, they are confused and unsure how to support the person they love most, feeling as if they are watching them slowly deteriorate.

Professional Referral

Footsteps will work closely with professionals and the family to encourage the best outcomes possible. Footsteps will work with clients individually and as a whole family. We aim to empower individuals to achieve changes within family relationships, provide accurate information about substances, reduce fear, shame and stigma associated with substance misuse and increasing resilience of individuals to regain control over their own lives.

Young People Support

Are you affected by parental substance misuse? How do you know when you need support? Who can you ask? When we are affected by our parents abusing drugs/ alcohol or both we often feel shame, feel people will judge us and not understand about our situation, we may feel we are alone. Footsteps can help you with this, we are a service that will support you as much as you need.