TWO women have told of the trauma they faced after losing a loved one through drug abuse.

The ladies, who do not want to be named, have been attending Family Addiction Support Service (FASS) on Glasgow’s West Street to help them come to terms with their loss.

We told yesterday how FASS is a confidential support service for parents and adult family members affected by or concerned about a loved one’s drug or alcohol use.

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One woman who lost her son when he was 24-years-old helped create a patchwork quilt to commemorate those who had lost their battle with drug and alcohol addiction.

She said: “I lost my son in 1995. It is something you never get over. He was supposed to be going into rehabilitation on August 31 but died on August 4.

“You blame yourself and keep thinking if you had done something different you might have been able to save them.

“Another mother and I started created a patchwork quilt to remember loved ones who have lost their battle with drug misuse.”

The woman then explained how her son’s addiction began.

She went on: “His addiction started when he and a friend were papering my house but his pal dropped something on his toe and had to be taken to hospital.

“Staff gave him dihydrocodeine but my son decided to try some and got hooked on them. He then started taking heroin.

“He told me he was still working and would leave the house from 9am -5pm during the week and pretend he was earning money. At the end of the week he would tell us his wages had been stolen.

“He then started to steal from us to feed his habit. I couldn’t leave my handbag unattended in the house when he was there in case it vanished.”

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Another woman whose granddaughter lost her mum at just 12-years-old told her story.

She said: “My granddaughter’s mother was found dead two years ago. I am a kinship carer and have been looking after my grandchild since she was a baby.

“She was only 12 when her mum died and has a lot of questions for her mum that she will never be able to ask. I don’t know how this is going to affect my granddaughter in the long term.

“Her mum would turn up outside the school. The woman never spoke to her child, just shouted at her across the street. It is a horrible situation to go through.”

The woman also explained how her son had been on drugs but seemed to be recovering.

She said: “He was only 15 when he got into drugs when his then girlfriend started taking them. He told me it was a one off but it quickly became a habit.

“My son has a new partner and baby and he seems to be doing better now. FASS has been a lifeline for me. I have been in a kinship group for 14 years.

“It is scary because you just never know when will be the last time you will see them [the addict].”