AIM

The Addiction and the Family International Network promotes, through research, practice and policy, the well-being of family members, friends and colleagues who are affected by, and/or concerned about another person’s problems with or addiction* to alcohol, drugs or gambling.

Family Members' Experiences

Family members and others who are affected by addiction* have received far less attention than they deserve. Their experiences need to be better publicised and their voices better heard. They have a vital role to play in understanding and responding to addiction* and have a right to receive appropriate services themselves.

Website: Who for

People involved in research, practice or policy-making or who are experts through experience. If you are looking for information, international collaboration or assistance, then please join. Membership is free of charge.

*Addiction

Using the word addiction can be controversial and emotive, to both practitioners and affected family members (AFMs), as it can imply only extreme problems and this can mean that some AFMs do not seek support. For AFINet, we are using the word as a short-hand: the issue for AFINet is whether AFMs feel they have been affected by somebody else's use of alcohol and/or other drugs, gambling or other excessive behaviours. So, the focus is on the AFMs experience and not the nature and severity of the problem.
The founders of AFINet (see About/Background) developed the Stress-Strain-Information-Coping-Support Model and the 5-Step Method, and once AFINet was created it became their ‘home’. For this reason there is a section of this website devoted to them. However, there are various methods which have been developed to assist the well-being of AFMs and AFINet supports all of them.

Latest News and Research

Article: What About Affected Family Members of Disordered Gamblers During the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Study in Italy During the Lockdown Restrictions

05 May 2022 News & Research

A very interesting article about the sufferance of gamblers’ AFMs during Covid-19 lockdown in Italy by...

Webinar Series 24th May 2022:Parental substance use: dynamics, parenting and associations with child educational outcomes.

05 May 2022 News & Research

Date: 24th May 2022, 14.00 pm UK time Title: Parental substance use: dynamics, parenting and associations...

Save the Date: AFINet International Conference 2022, September 29 – 30.

02 May 2022 News & Research

AFINet International Conference 2022, September 29 – 30.Two half-day sessions via video conferencing...

AFINet Conference 15-17 June 2023 in Rotterdam

01 Apr 2022 News & Research

We hope to run a face to face conference in the lovely city of Rotterdam, Holland. Save the date

5-Step Method Training via Zoom

25 Mar 2022 News & Research

For details of training via zoom, email: candf2021@outlook.com and an application form will be sent to...

Children of alcoholics week

14 Feb 2022 News & Research

To mark 'children of alcoholics week' , John Taylor, Families and Friends Lead, Accredited 5 Step Family...

Project Results: To identify treatment concepts and services in different countries for relatives of people with addictions

11 Jan 2022 News & Research

See report giving details of our AFINet project 3 which identifies treatment concepts and services in...

AFINet newsletter

21 Dec 2021 News & Research

Our Dec 2021 Newsletter is now...

New Paper on Website: Do Governments recognise the needs of affected family members? First indications from an AFINet project Jim Orford, on behalf of AFINet project

09 Dec 2021 News & Research

This paper wili report first indications from one of AFINet's projects – Country policies and practices...

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