A CENTRE for the families of drugs users across north Kirklees has opened in Dewsbury.
Greater Awareness and Support for Parents Encountering Drugs (Gasped) provides information and support to relatives who often have nowhere to turn when family members become addicted to drugs.
The charity already has centres in Wakefield and Leeds.
Gasped founder Kristine Smith, whose son used heroin and amphetamines for 14 years, is delighted with their new place at Field House at Wellington Road.
She said: “We welcome the opportunity to support more families across north Kirklees. They can feel ashamed and become isolated and depressed. We aim to enable families to reclaim their life, sanity and health.”
Jane, a Mirfield resident, can already vouch for Gasped’s powers after going to them when her son began stealing from her to fund his addiction.
“I thought I had enough problems of my own and didn’t want to hear anyone else’s. But I drew a lot of strength from the group.
“Apart from getting some really good advice and practical tips, it made me realise I wasn’t alone and that this can happen to anyone from all types of backgrounds.”
Kirklees was recently rated as the only area in the Yorkshire and Humber region with “excellent” drug treatment services and this new centre is part of a wider partnership aimed at reducing the impact of drugs misuse across the area.
Ring Gasped on 0845 1460002.