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.


    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 30Euro/Dollars or £25 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
    Address: PO box 250, Delf House, Southwat, Skelmersdale WN8 6WT, uk
    Sort Code: 08-92-99. A/C No: 65824603
    BIC: CPBK GB22. IBAN: GB70 CPBK 0892 9965 8246 03

    Future Webinars

    AFINet Webinars will take place on alternate months: November, January, March, May, November (with a break in July/August) and will move between Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday, so people with regular commitments on one of those days will still be able to attend on the others.

    Date: Tuesday 12th March 2024, 14.00 UK time, 15.00 Danish time other times:
    Title: Problematic parental substance use, childhood family structures and adverse outcomes in young adulthood
    Presenters: Dr Kirsten Frederiksen, Associate Professor at Centre for Alcohol and Drug Research, Aarhus University, Denmark
    Description: This Webinar will look at a variety of structural issues which impact on the outcomes for children growing up with a parent with problematic substance use. Dr Frederiksen has undertaken considerable research in this area (her PhD was on the consequences for children when parents have substance use problems). This Webinar will provide information about her entire Ph.D. thesis and will then specifically look at her recent study which investigated (using a combination of surveys and national register data) the association between childhood family structures and adverse outcomes during adolescence/young adulthood. This research found that one of her initial hypotheses (that the longer a child lived with a parent with substance use problems, the greater the level of adverse outcomes in young adulthood) was not supported. In terms of resilience, it also supported the suggestion that growing up with both parents (regardless of whether there is PPSU or not) is a clear protective factor, whereas growing up with a parent with long-term unemployment or mental health issues is a significant risk factor.


    Date: Wednesday 15th May 2024, 9.00 Mountain Daylight Time, 16.00 UK time; 17.00 Germany etc; 18.00 Finland, other times:
    Title: Conjoint Therapy: effects on both the problem user and affected family members
    Presenters: Professor Barbara McCrady, Distinguished Professor Emerita, University of New Mexico, USA
    Description: Since the mid-1970s, Professor McCrady has been a pioneer in the development of interventions which focus on conjoint therapy (working with couples where one person has a serious alcohol or other addiction problem) as well as developing other approaches involving social networks, cognitive behavioural therapy, mutual help groups, and therapies for women. In this Webinar she will provide a brief overview of her family-involved treatment model and the drinking outcomes that it leads to, followed by more qualitative data on family perspectives on participating in treatment with the IP, their verbal behaviour in sessions, and how these relate to drinking outcomes..


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