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Adfam celebrated its 30th birthday in 2014
Since we were founded in 1984 Adfam has evolved from a support group set up by a mother of a heroin user, into an established charity with national status and recognition. We are now the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use.
Left-Right: Adfam patron Eddie Mair, Adfam Chief Executive Vivienne Evans, photographer David Collingwood.
'The Other Faces of Addiction' exhibition took place in October 2014 to mark our 30th birthday. 30 family members around the country whose lives have been touched by drug or alcohol use had been photographed, and the portraits exhibited. The images were then launched in the House of Lords later in the month, to raise awareness amongst parliamentarians of the stigma faced by families.
In March 2015, the exhibition went to Parliament again, with a week's long exhibition, this time, in the House of Commons. Meg Hillier, Adfam's local MP, came along to say a few kind words about Adfam and the work we do to help improve families' quality of life.
'The Other Faces of Addiction - exhibition catalogue' (pdf) contains the portraits and participants' stories. To view the full portraits please click on the names below.
The exhibition was so warmly received, and the images such a success, that Adfam decided to send 50 copies of the photographs to local family support groups, to hold replica exhibitions of 'The Other Faces of Addiction.' Between October 2014 and June 2015, over 20 replica exhibitions have been held in various locations throughout the country, with hundreds of attendees. The photographs are also being displayed in many more local family support services!
SIAS' Exhibition Stall, December 2014
Feedback from the events was highly positive, and we would like to say a huge thank you to all of you who put in so much hard work to organise these excellent events!
"The event was a fantastic success! The organisation I work for want the exhibition in other areas too." Family Support Worker, North Wales
'The Other Faces of Addiction' Copyright © 2014 Adfam & David Collingwood. These images may not be reprinted, reproduced, photocopied, altered or utilized in any form or by any electronic, mechanical or other means invented.