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.


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

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...

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

21 Dec 2021 News & Research

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

Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

21 Dec 2021 News & Research

Tuesday, 25th January 2022, given by Dr. Dini Farhana Baharudin from the University Sains Islam Malaysia in...

AFINet newsletter

21 Dec 2021 News & Research

Our Dec 2021 Newsletter is now...

Distance Learning Course from University of Glasgow: SUBSTANCE USE IN A CONTEMPORARY WORLD

13 Dec 2021 News & Research

This 11 week course course aims to help you understand substance use in the contemporary world.  By...

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...

Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

15 Sep 2021 News & Research

AFINet is a free-to-join Network, providing a platform which: brings together researchers, policy-makers...

New Scotland Report and Virtual Exhibition on Family Inclusive Practice

20 May 2021 News & Research

Thursday 10 June: Ask The Family! Report launch and Virtual Exhibition Tour. Read More

SSA (Society for the Study of Addiction) interview about AFINet’

10 May 2021 News & Research

Richard Velleman interviewed about AFINet, families, the Webinar Series, and more. Read Interview

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