AFINet is a free-to-join Network, providing a platform which:

  • brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners;
  • promotes the well-being of family members, friends and colleagues who are affected by or concerned about another person’s problems with or addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling; and
  • develops research, policy and practice in the field.


The AFINet Webinars generally are monthly, and cover a range of topics related to Addiction and the Family. The programme for 2021 is below.

All Webinars are recorded and those recordings are made available a few days later on the AFINet website <> The list of past Webinars is below, beneath the programme for future ones.

Participation in each webinar is free, but to join, you MUST register beforehand. For each Webinar that you are interested in, please register in the few days before it starts, via Below the programme you can find a video recording of each Webinar that has been presented so far, along with the PowerPoint slides for that Webinar. As we are a small charity, if you can donate a small amount for each webinar, this would be really appreciated. We suggest 25Euro or £20. Paypal takes about 5% of the payment and banks can take up to 20% so Paypal is preferable.

Payment Details - You can request an invoice -

You can either pay through the website through Paypal or pay by BACS or web transfer. 

Bank: CO-OP. Name: Addiction & the Family International Ntwrk
Sort Code: 08-92-99. A/C No: 65824603
BIC: CPBK GB22. IBAN: GB70 CPBK 0892 9965 8246 03

Future Webinars

There is NO Webinar for July

Date: Tuesday 16th August 2022, 12:30 pm UK time (18:30 pm South Sumatra time)
Title: Family resilience in caring for drug addiction in Indonesia
Presenters:Dr Ira Kusumawaty Mental Health Nursing Department, Politeknik Kesehatan Kemenkes Palembang, South Sumatra,Indonesia
Description: This webinar will provide a brief overview of the situation related to the problematic use of drugs, alcohol and gambling in Indonesia, and what provisions there are for Affected Family Members. It will then describe a detailed qualitative phenomenological research study of mothers, caring for teenage children with drug problems. Key themes that will be discussed are: acceptance of God’s destiny, limited financial conditions, lack of time together, the flexibility of a fragile family, and the harsh environment. These themes are examined through the ideas of Family and Community Resilience.


Date: Tuesday 13th September 2022, 14:00 UK time (16:00 Finnish time)
Title: Developing and implementing support services and treatment for affected others of gamblers in Finland
Presenters:Dr Sari Castrén, Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare / Department of Psychology and Speech-Language Pathology, University of Turku / Department of Medicine, University of Helsinki Finland
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of our research of affected others (AOs) of gamblers in Finland from 2014 up today. First, we look at the prevalence, harms and various roles of affected others (AOs) from various epidemiological data. Second, we present the results of a major systematic review of treatment for AOs. Third, we give an overview of our current project which aims to develop, implement and evaluate evidence-based support services and treatment al all of primary, secondary and tertiary levels. Primary level services refer to awareness raising efforts, secondary level services refer to interventions directed towards at-risk individuals and tertiary services refers to services directed towards AOs who are facing serious consequences of somebody else’s gambling.

Date: Thursday and Friday, 29th and 30th September 2022
Title: AFINet’s next virtual on-line Conference will be held on 29th and 30th September
Description: As we did with the last AFINet virtual conference [ and] the time slots for one day will be oriented towards the East of the world (Australasia, Asia, India, Middle-East, Eastern Europe) and for the other day to the West of the world (Northern, Central and Southern America, Africa and Western Europe)

To submit an abstract for this virtual conference, go here:

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2022, 14:00 UK time
Title: Effectiveness of the Strengthening Families Programme in the UK at preventing substance misuse in 10–14 year-olds - pragmatic RCT
Presenters:Dr Jeremy Segrott, Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences Cardiff University, UK
Description: The Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 (SFP10-14) is a USA-developed universal group-based intervention aiming to prevent substance misuse by strengthening protective factors within the family. This study evaluated a proportionate universal implementation of the adapted UK version (SFP10-14UK) which brought together families identified as likely/not likely to experience/present challenges within a group setting. This was a pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled effectiveness trial, with families as the unit of randomisation and embedded process and economic evaluations.

Date: Tuesday 8th November 2022, 15:00 UK time (10:00 am Toronto time)
Title: Mothers experiences of caregiving for their adult children with substance use disorder
Presenters: Dr Oona St-Amant, Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada
Description: This webinar will examine mothers’ experiences of caring for adult children with substance use disorder (SUD). Using a critical lens, the presenter will discuss problematic historical representations of mothers from the literature that have informed medical discourse today. Dr St-Amant will also delve into what is known from existing literature about family members’ role in caring for persons with SUD. Finally, Dr St-Amant will offer family-centered strategies towards systemic change.

Date: Tuesday 13th December 2022, 14:00 UK time (15:00 am Italy time)
Title: Affected Family Members of Disordered Gamblers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy during Lockdown
Presenters: Daniela Capitanucci, Association Azzardo e Nuove Dipendenze [Gambling and New Addictions], Gallarate, Italy
Maria Anna Donati, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug, and Child’s Health, University of Florence, Italy
Description: This Webinar presents research which looked at how AFMs of disordered gamblers were affected during lockdown restrictions in Italy - the European country first affected by the virus and with the largest gambling market. Although AFMs reported a general interruption of the relative’s gambling behaviour and a general sense of relief for the closure of gambling activities, accompanied by the perception of good family relationships, AFMs still felt tired, worried, and apprehensive. They also perceived more fear, stress, and anxiety than before the lockdown, especially when thinking about the reopening of gambling opportunities at the end of the lockdown. Implications for clinical practice, policy, prevention and further research will be considered.

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