Supporting families

Although we are not a direct service provider nor run a helpline, Adfam does do plenty of direct work with families. If you are looking for help yourself please see the help for families section.


We have a range of publications available for family members. These are all free and available online.

Community support projects

We run a range of community facing project working with specific groups of family members.

Some are rooted in a particular area. In Greenwich, for instance, we run a project which includes peer support training, support groups and information sessions. In Newham we are working with young people affected by parental substance use - and their parents as well.

Others have a national coverage but may pick two or three areas around the country to focus on. Our work on child to parent abuse meets this description, with training so far in London, Newcastle and Birmingham.


Although not support in and of itself, we run research projects which capture the vital experiences of families to inform our policy work or add to the evidence base on the experiences of families.

Our work on dual diagnosis and our groundbreaking partnership with Sheffield Hallam University on Family Lives in Recovery are two examples.

Other peoples' experiences

You might find it useful to read about the experiences of other people affected by the drug or alcohol use of a loved one.