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I really look forward to the Thursday drop-in group online. I find Richard a great listener and I take on board the excellent advice that he gives me. It gives me a chance to speak to others who are going on their own journeys and helps me realise that I’m not alone in mine — Client in recovery

CADAS for me is a fantastic organisation. I’ve been a recovering addict for nearly 2 years and they have helped me to get a positive outlook for the future. I’m looking forward to learning more from CADAS on the recovery support worker training so I can help others the way they have helped me. –… Continue Reading

When my social worker contacted Cadas and the Volunteer Manager got back in touch with me to talk about how I could support your work, it went a long way to restoring my self-esteem. This was one of the major effects my addiction had, a feeling that I had destroyed everything I had sought to… Continue Reading

“Thank you so much for all the help and support. You’ve been so wonderful. I honestly never thought I’d get as far as I have and I know I couldn’t have done it without your guidance. I can’t thank you enough.” – Thank you note from a client to a volunteer Recovery Support Worker Continue Reading

“I volunteered with CADAS many years ago, doing the volunteer training and the Black Box training, too, but when my life as a carer began to get on top of me it was CADAS that I turned to for support. I am a full-time carer for my mother, and also a busy grandmother, but it… Continue Reading

“The first few weeks [of the C19 lockdown] were OK. I was managing to get out of the house, into the sunshine and I felt really positive but with the change in the weather, my mood has slipped and I’ve been feeling fed up. I’m frightened of slipping in to my old ways of drinking… Continue Reading

“I began smoking cannabis and drinking alcohol at age 16. This continued into University, where I also tried ketamine, ecstacy, cocaine and mushrooms. It quickly became apparent that I was using these substances as a form of escape. After a year and a half, l made the decision to leave University. This was followed by… Continue Reading

“Throughout my younger years and in to my adult life, I have been affected by the substance use of some of my family members. In 2010 I became overwhelmed by this and found that I wasn’t coping very well. I called CADAS for support, and met Jackie Wren who was the Parent, Carer and Family… Continue Reading

“Thanks for inviting us to the family group yesterday. It was really useful. Though people are having tough times there’s a strength and comfort for us in feeling we aren’t alone, and lots of useful examples of how others are coping and supporting their loved ones in really difficult circumstances. There was real bravery and… Continue Reading

“Today has been really helpful, it has helped to talk about my alcohol problem. I am still struggling a bit, but I have been reducing my intake. Collette is really good to talk to and is very understanding. I am slowly getting my family back, but it is one day at a time. I look… Continue Reading

Latest News from CADAS

You bet there’s help for gamblers…  and for those whose lives they wager

You bet there’s help for gamblers… and for those whose lives they wager

What’s an odds-on safe bet to say about gambling? That it makes rich bookies richer, and poor punters poorer? Definitely. That it makes victims of partners, family, friends, and colleagues? Definitely. That effective, confidential help is freely available to gamblers and their victims? Definitely again. CADAS volunteer Steve Russell discovers some of the many agencies… Continue Reading

How do we use your donations?

How do we use your donations?

This is a question that is asked a lot to charities. Did you know that we need to bring approximately £10,000 per week to continue operating? We currently operate out of our four centres in Carlisle, Kendal, Workington and Barrow, as well as other local hubs, such as GP surgeries and libraries. This approach helps… Continue Reading

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January is #LoveYourLiverMonth. The 3 biggest causes of #LiverDisease in the UK are nearly all #preventable: drinking harmful levels of alcohol; obesity; and viral hepatitis, often caused by people sharing needles when injecting drugs.If you are concerned about your #LiverHealth, please #contact your #GP in the first instance.If you are worried about your #alcohol or #substance use, or are affected by someone else’s, we can provide #confidential #support. Please call our #helpline on 0800 2 54 56 58 or email #LoveYourLiver #Cumbria #NHS #Kendal #Barrow #Carlisle #Workington #Whitehaven #Copeland #Allerdale #Furness #SouthLakeland #Eden ... See MoreSee Less
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"I have enjoyed my first meeting. It is a relief to talk to people who know how you are feeling and to listen to other people"
- Parent, Carer and Family Support Group
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“Really pleased with the content and structure of the course. Allowed time for much needed discussion and debate.”
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"My support from Collette and CADAS over the last few weeks has been very helpful. I really don’t know how I would have managed without the support”
- Parent, Carer and Family Support Group

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