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 addiction*.

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. 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.

Latest News and Research

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

Next AFINet Webinar, Tuesday 18th May

08 May 2021 News & Research

Next AFINet Webinar, Tuesday 18th May - The journey of Turning Point: introducing and embedding the 5-Step...

Make a Donation

As a charitable organisation, we rely on donations to keep going.
If you would like to make a donation, no matter how large or small, please click the button below.

Join our mailing list

I agree with the Terms and conditions and the Privacy policy

Sorry, this website uses features that your browser doesn’t support. Upgrade to a newer version of Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge and you’ll be all set.