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We work in many different areas to produce good practice resources and develop networks of peer support

Current projects


The Alcohol and Families Alliance (AFA)

Established by Adfam and Alcohol Concern in 2013 to think about, discuss and develop policy on alcohol and families.  

Building Family Recovery in Newham

Funded by the Big Lottery, Adfam is working with families affected by substance misuse and professionals in the London Borough of Newham to strengthen relationships through positive communication. 

Child to Parent Abuse Project

Funded by Comic Relief, Adfam is running a project working with and supporting adults affected by Child to Parent Abuse perpetrated by a substance misusing child.

Dual Diagnosis

Funded by the Sir Halley Stewart, Trust Adfam is researching families' experiences of dual diagnosis - and developing best practice in supporting those families.

Family Recovery Champions - Royal Borough of Greenwich

This Big Lottery funded project provides family members with training, resources and support to become visible Family Recovery Champions; inspiring others to make positive changes in their lives and redress the negative impact of drug and alcohol use in their families and communities. 

Older Carers Peer Support Group

Adfam runs a peer support group for anyone aged 55 or older who lives in London and is affected by a loved one's drug or alcohol use. 

Opioid substitution treatment and risks to children

Adfam is working to educate policy-makers, practitioners and service users about the risks posed to children by commonly used drug treatment medications, in light of a number of tragic incidents.

Peterborough Kinship Care support service

Adfam is running a new project funded by BBC’s Children In Need to support kinship carers and the children they look after. Kinship carers are family members, most commonly grandparents, but also aunts, uncles, siblings and others, who take on the care of a child because the parents are unable to.


Past projects


Bereaved through Alcohol and Drugs (BEAD) Project

Peer support project that was funded by the Big Lottery in partnership with Cruse Bereavement Care to support families, friends and carers who have been bereaved through alcohol or drug use.

Bouncing Back! Prevention programme

This project centred around preventative work with drug using parents and their children, and also produced a learning pack for resilience work with young people and their families.

Criminal justice work

Adfam’s criminal justice services aim to reduce the potential for substance related harm to prisoners, families and the wider community and to improve the potential for successful rehabilitation following a substance users release from custody.

Domestic violence

Adfam has conducted two projects with AVA's Stella Project exploring the relationship between substance misuse and domestic violence.

Drug education and prevention

Adfam was a partner in the ADEPIS programme, providing information and resources on drug education and prevention.

Grandparent carers

The Grandparent Carers project looked at existing services in London and developed new ways of supporting grandparents who were bringing up their grandchildren because of parental substance misuse.

Including diverse families

Men, people in rural communities and those from minority ethnic backgrounds are under represented in the drug and alcohol family support sector. Including Diverse Families is a now completed three-year project which examines, and provides guidance and training around, this underdeveloped area.

Older carers

Funded by the City Bridge Trust, this project engaged older people (aged 55+) in London who support someone because of drug, medication or alcohol problems to co-design and deliver networks of peer support to other older people.

Outcome measurement in family support

Adfam piloted a system of outcome measurement in a number of family support services. The aim is to help services measure the change that happens as a result of their work with families and better demonstrate the results they achieve.

Recovery Partnership

The Recovery Partnership was formed in May 2011 by DrugScope, the Recovery Group UK and the Substance Misuse Skills Consortium to provide a new collective voice for the substance misuse sector. Adfam continued the excellent work carried out by DrugScope under the Recovery Partnership banner until April 2017.

Relationship Realities: couple relationships project

Adfam worked together with OnePlusOne to create an audio resource that tells the stories of a number of couples affected by alcohol and drug use in their families, the effect on their relationship and tips for other couples going through similar experiences.  

Somali development

This project ran from 2006-09 and examined ways of engaging London’s Somali community around issues of drugs and alcohol. The final report is available as a free download.

Workforce development

This Department of Health funded project, as part of the Drug Sector Partnership, aimed to examine workforce issues relating to family support in terms of key competencies, role profiles and qualifications.

Young offenders and their families

Adfam worked alongside RAPt to provide workshops and support for the families of substance using residents at Feltham Young Offenders Institution. This three-year project supported families and offenders to prepare for life after release, improve family relationships and reduce offending behaviour.