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

Date: 24th May 2022, 14:00 pm UK time
Title: Parental substance use: dynamics, parenting and associations with child educational outcomes
Presenters: Dr Emily Lowthian, Lecturer in Education, School of Education, Swansea University, Wales, UK
Description: This webinar will provide an overview of research concerning parental substance use and children’s educational outcomes. First, we will dive into understanding what over 50 years of research can tell us about parental substance use and children’s educational outcomes. Next, we will consider what substance use patterns and dynamics exist across parents. Lastly, the webinar will touch upon how parenting and the family environment could be an explanatory factor between parental substance use dynamics and children’s educational outcomes.


Date: 7th June 2022, 14.00 pm UK time (15.00 pm Spanish time)
Title: Passive Drinking
Presenters: Dr Toni Gual Emeritus Researcher GRAC (Grup Recerca Addiccions Clínic) IDIBAPS. Hospital Clínic, Barcelona, Spain
Description: This webinar will address the situation of the passive drinker from two complementary perspectives: on one hand, the clinical view, which basically needs to take into account the ‘quasi-patient’ condition of the drinkers’ family, and how this complex relation can be handled to the benefit of both patients and family; on the other hand, the public health perspective, that shows the dimension of ‘harm to others’ in the case of alcohol, which should constitute a strong argument for more public health oriented alcohol policies.

The webinar for July is currently being planned

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, 29thth 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)

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.

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