Drug Related Death/Non-Fatal Overdose

Death by overdose is loaded with social and moral stigmas, in addition to strong feelings of anger, helplessness, guilt and shame within families. Families do not always know that a loved one is using drugs, so when a death by overdose occurs, it deprives family members of preventative action. When families are aware of drug use, there can be a "veiled preparation" for a possible death by overdose, bringing about ambivalent feelings of grief and relief. It is incredibly disturbing to lose a family member by overdose, or suicides under the influence of substances. When you are bereaved by a drug related death, you are often part of a stigmatised and invisible social group.

We offer a specialist, telephone or virtual, counselling service for those bereaved by a drug related death (DRD) and those who may have experienced - or been affected by -a non-fatal overdose.  This service is available to you if you live in Surrey and if:

  • you have been bereaved through a drug related death, which may have been intentional or accidental.
  • you, or someone close to you, has experienced a non-fatal overdose.

bcap logoOur telephone or virtual counselling service offers structured and intensive interventions delivered by experienced and competent BACP Registered therapists. A Counsellor will contact you within a maximum of 7 working days and up to 12 weekly sessions will be offered.  This service is FREE of charge.

Clients in crisis can be offered additional sessions during a week or 15-minute check calls to support them.

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Drug Related Death/Non Fatal Overdose

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