Family Recovery in Newham

Adfam is excited to introduce the “Building Family Recovery” Project to the London Borough of Newham. This projected is funded by Big Lottery and focuses on “Strengthening relationships through positive family communication”.

I am a parent affected by my loved one's substance misuse. How does it help me?

We offer training workshops for parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles. A young person may have a big family network, and we want to support them. The workshops can be around confidence building, coping strategies, and communication skills. There can also be practical workshops such as healthy eating on a budget, where you will have the opportunity to cook a quick, healthy meal and learn about the benefits of healthy eating.

We also want to hear from parents/carers on what they would like from the project. This project is not about teaching you how to be a parent. It is about working together, feeling supported, developing skills and strengthening your relationships.

I am a young person aged between 11-16 years affected by my parent's substance misuse. How does it help me?

We want to work to with young people to create a youth club that young people can freely express themselves in a safe environment. This can be through art, music, drama and photography, with the opportunity to have their work displayed in an exhibition. You may want to create your own news crew and create articles – for example, on the challenges young people go through, what support is missing and needed, write poems, or create riddles. You may want to learn about public speaking, and have the opportunity to speak to your local councillor/MPs.

Whatever it is you are looking for, talk to us and we can see if we can make it happen!

I am a professional working with families affected by substance misuse. Is this relevant to me?

You may be a teacher, support worker, social worker, or councillor working with families affected by substance misuse. We want professionals to spread the word and refer parents, carers and/or young people affected by substance misuse. We want families to be confident, resilient, and encourage them to access local services for help and support. We want professionals to be part of our advisory group, and share their experiences, and help identify how families can be supported. We need to work together to break down barriers, and encourage families to feel less isolated and more involved in their community.

For further information please contact Syeda Hussain (Family Support Coordinator).

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs produced its report of the inquiry into children of problem drug users: Hidden Harm in 2003. The report highlights the serious consequences of parental substance misuse on children and young people. It is estimated that there are between 250,000 and 350,000 children of problem drug users in the UK, whilst as many as 2.5 million children and young people live with a dependent drinker.

In Newham during 2015-16 there were 695 hospital admissions that were due to drugs and 5,060 hospital admissions for alcohol misuse.

Parental problem drug use (and alcohol misuse) can cause serious harm to children at every age, from conception to adulthood.