Support for Families of Veterans with Substance Use Problems

Funded by Forces in Mind Trust, Adfam worked with the University of York to undertake an extensive consultation into the experiences and needs of families of former members of the UK armed forces with a substance use problem, which was used to inform the development of a support intervention.

The research found that this group of families were unlikely to seek or be offered help for themselves, even if a veteran engages with support, whilst the wellbeing of a veteran’s family can be significantly affected by their problem substance use, both during and after leaving the Armed Forces, with families reporting high levels of isolation and loneliness as well as extreme distress, despair, and hopelessness.

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