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Christmas - not so jolly for some

For many, the festive period is a time of celebration, fun and joy. However, for others, it can be a time of stress, uncertainty and loneliness.

Our latest research estimates that over five million adults in Great Britain are currently negatively affected by the drinking, drug use or gambling of a family member or friend. Many of these families will be experiencing the damaging effects of these issues over the festive period.

Starting from today, and continuing across the festive period, Adfam will be sharing a series of messages on our social media channels to highlight how Christmas can be a challenging time for many families affected by their loved one’s drinking, drug use or gambling.

Keep an eye out too for a series of top tips which we’ll be releasing daily, for any family member struggling with their loved one’s addiction over Christmas on how they can cope with these challenges.

We’ll also be appealing for donations, to help Adfam continue its work supporting and advocating for families affected in this way.

Finally, you can join our lunchtime Festive Celebration on Thursday 16th December at 1pm where we will be announcing the winners of our two annual competitions, the Family Voices creative writing competition and the Gary Seaman Award.

Please help us to spread the word on how the festive period can be a tough time for families, share our Tips for Coping at Christmas with anyone who may find them useful, and donate to help us continue our work supporting families affected by alcohol, drugs and gambling.

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