A NEW service has opened in Grantham to give help to the families of people battling drug and alcohol addiction.
Granthamian Kim Thompson of Oasis is an adult and child support worker who runs the charity’s office in town.
She became involved with the charity after her partner died because of drug and alcohol abuse.
Kim said: “We offer kind and caring advice from people that have been through it, like myself.
“That’s what made me want to come into this.
“I’m really passionate about it. I lost my partner because of it so I want to get the word out that you don’t need to suffer in silence.
“When my partner died I lived with it for five years - that’s why we offer a bereavement service as well.”
While organisations such as Addaction can offer help to people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, Oasis helps the families of those going through addiction.
For many, Christmas can be the toughest time of the year.
Kim said: “We know it’s rife in Grantham, as it is in most places now.
“We just want people to know they don’t have to suffer on their own.
“A lot of people that drink get a lot worse leading up to Christmas”
The charity can help people better understand substance abuse, show how they encourage family members to get help and assist them through treatment, as well as offering simple support and kindness.
Kim said: “We have already had quite a lot of interest and we know there are people in Grantham with drug and alcohol problems.
“We don’t offer the solutions but we can help people.”
Oasis is based at an office in Westgate, Grantham.
l Anyone who would like to get in touch with the organisation is asked to call 07900 013041 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org