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Our interest is in promoting, through research, practice and policy, the well-being of family members, friends and colleagues who are affected by and concerned about another person’s addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling.

With all the attention that there has been to addiction in recent years, those family members and others who are affected by it have received far less attention than they deserve. We believe their experiences need to be better publicised and their voices better heard.

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What I’ve been reading this month (July 2016), from Jim Orford

I have just read two articles which come from countries which, as far as I know, have not produced ... Read more

Further findings from the UK bereavement through substance use study published

Another paper from this recently completed 3 year study in the UK, which focuses on a subset of in... Read more

Core findings paper from UK bereavement through substance use study published

A paper outlining the main findings from a recently completed UK study in to bereavement through... Read more

AFINet 1st AGM, Birmingham, UK on Wednesday July 15th 2015

AFINet 1st AGM Birmingham Wednesday July 15th 2015 Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston Park Road, B... Read more

Final event of a major 3 year study in to 'bereavement through substance use'

In June 2015 AFINet members, Lorna Templeton and Richard Velleman, attended the final event of a m... Read more

5-Step Method training in Hong Kong & new book with contributions from AFINet members published

Following the delivery by Richard Velleman and Gracemary Leung of a 2-day 5-Step Method training i... Read more

The Parenting Support and Drug Use Study:

The following papers may be of interest to AFINet members. They report findings from a two year lo... Read more

Family members affected by a relative's substance misuse looking for social support: Who are they?

Brazilian AFINet colleagues, Helen Sakiyama et al. have had a paper describing their research in Sao... Read more

Iran’s first research about family members affected by addiction

Iran’s first research about family members affected by addiction has been published! In fact we thin... Read more

Conflict and dilemma in experiences of adult family members caring for a problem-drinking parent.

“How do I tell my children about what my mum's like?” Conflict and dilemma in experiences of adult... Read more

Involving family members in drug treatment: A pilot study of a social network intervention for heroin users in opiate substitution treatment

This multi-site randomised controlled trial aims to test the feasibility of implementing and evalua... Read more

Testing the short questionnaire for family members affected by addiction: help required

The short questionnaire for family members (affected by addiction) – the SQFM(AA) – is starting to ... Read more

First AFINet Newsletter published

This is the first AFINet Newsletter so a big welcome to all AFINet members and to others of you wh... Read more

Results from the first English Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

A team at the Centre for Child and Youth Research at Brunel University, London, led by Professor Jud... Read more

A recent article raises interesting questions for AFINet about cultural differences

Although this interesting qualitative study by Maria Fotopoulou, of the School of Social and Politic... Read more

Is a child, harmed by the mother’s drinking during pregnancy, entitled to compensation

Is a child, harmed by the mother’s drinking during pregnancy, entitled to compensation, and what are... Read more

Bereavement through substance misuse

The first phase of this UK 3 year study (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) has bee... Read more

Supporting young people affected by parental alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland

A major 4 year project is underway in Northern Ireland. Building on previous work (further informati... Read more

2-day Workshop on The 5-Step Method: Supporting Family Members of People with Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Problems

Richard Velleman, a founder AFINet member, is travelling to Hong Kong in April to co-run (with Grace... Read more

When Older Adult Substance Abuse Affects Others: What Helps and What Doesn’t?

Jan Ligon, PhD, LCSW Georgia State University The abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the older adu... Read more

Addiction in context: The influence of families and wider social networks, theory and practice

During November 2013 Alex Copello was invited to give one of the keynote addresses at the Australa... Read more

The Forgotten Carers: Support for adult family members affected by a relative’s drug problems reports

This work builds on the first phase of UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) family research, with a... Read more

Jim Orford speaks about gambling and family members at the Third International Multidisciplinary Symposium

Jim Orford recently made two presentations about gambling and family members at the Third Internat... Read more

Alcohol Focus Scotland | Unrecognised and under-reported

"1 in 3 people report having heavy drinkers in their lives" and "1 in 2 people report being harmed... Read more

Steps to Cope

Two projects have been completed in Northern Ireland with our AFINet partners to develop and evaluat... Read more

The effects that substance misusing parents have on children and other family members

Richard Velleman recently gave a talk about the effects that substance misusing parents have on chi... Read more

Half-day programme on Addiction and the Family

Members of the UK Alcohol, Drugs and the Family research and practice group convened a half-day prog... Read more

The Impact of Substance Misusing Parents on children - References

References on Risk and Resilience: The impact of substance misusing parents on their child... Read more

International workshop | 5-Step Method for family members affected by relatives’ addiction problems

An International workshop for collaborators and potential collaborators involved in research and ac... Read more

Major report, Silent Voices, into parental alcohol misuse

One member of the UK ADF Group (Lorna) has co-authored a major report, Silent Voices, into parental ... Read more

Major new project underway

Major project underway to investigate the experiences and needs of family members and significant ot... Read more

The Impact of Substance Misusing Parents on children - The Report

Risk and Resilience: The Impact of Substance Misusing Parents on children Presentation at the LSCB/... Read more

Book Review

Betting Their Lives: The Close Relations of Problem Gamblers, by Lorne Tepperman, Don Mills, Ontari... Read more

Family Members Affected by Addiction

New Article on Family Members Affected by Addiction in a Major Health Science Journal Highlight... Read more

Funding granted for family and social network intervention research study

New research study: Adaptation and feasibility study of a family and social network intervention ... Read more

AFINet Newsletter No. 4 - July 2016

afinet newsletter The latest AFINet Newsletter for July 2016 is available for members to download now. This edition showcases updates from Germany, Scotland, Brazil, Finland, India, Hong Kong, England and the USA.

You will also find new features in this issue, such as our Congratulations section which highlights a range of successes in our area of work and Journal Corner, which summarises some recent publications in the field.

Members can also read more about our call for your thoughts on the future direction of the organisation and take part in our new survey.

Click here to download our newsletter and find out more about the recent work of AFINet members from around the globe"

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