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A Carer's Experience of Addiction

Director: Dr Arun Dhandayudham



Sandra McDermott has extensive first hand experience of coping with a son addicted to heroin. Over the years she has observed how pernicious the consequences of addiction are, especially when it impacted her son's mental health driving him almost to suicide.


In order to help other carers cope with a loved one's addiction, she has set up Family Support Link in Northamptonshire.

TEDMEDLive Imperial College, London



"I remember as a 6 year old on my way to school, seeing addicts injecting at the side of the road and thinking, why isn't anyone trying to help them?"


Henrietta Bowden-Jones gives a personal talk explaining her motivations for setting up the UK's first and only National Problem Gambling Clinic. She shares her experiences of growing up in Milan, where she discovered her urge to uncover the underlying psychological vulnerabilities that lead people to addiction.

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National Drugs Helpline (24-hour): Freephone 0800 77 66 00


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VIDEO: A Carer's Experience of Addiction by Dr Arun Dhandayudham

Watch Sandra McDermott's first-hand account of living with a son addicted to heroin.


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