Helping employers to improve staff wellbeing

As an employer you have the opportunity to tackle a hidden mental health epidemic.

Around 1 in 10 people are currently dealing with a loved one’s drug or alcohol problem.

These employees may need additional time off, or struggle to be productive.

In your workplace, they may be parents worried about their children’s drug or drink taking. It could be a husband or wife dealing with the impact on their whole family life.

Throughout the pandemic, and the cost of living situation,  this problem has sky rocketed, and as more people turned to drink or drugs to cope, more family members suffer.

Adfam is the only national charity with the focus and expertise to help families affected by drugs or alcohol. We can help employers to discreetly support staff who are affected. Thousands of families have already benefited from our counselling and support since we were founded 40 years ago.


Our webinars  will help employers to address the concerns of their employees who are affected by a loved one’s substance misuse, all of whom face a huge amount of stigma, through no fault of their own, and often feel unable to ask for help.

We deliver sessions tailored to your workforce needs. Examples include:

  • Talking to your  children  about drugs and alcohol – employees can explore ways to start a conversation about substance use, how to recognise signs and symptoms of a problem and how to identify resources and further support for parents and young people.  
  • How to talk about addiction – employees discover how to tackle the stigma surrounding about drug or alcohol addiction, and discuss ways to support people at work.
  • When someone in the family uses substances – employees affected by a family member’s addiction can discuss ways to cope with the family member’s addiction and to identify additional support options at work.  

This is a chance to offer an added benefit to your employees. Unfortunately, there are very limited public services to support friends and family affected by substance misuse,  even though the impact is significant (including a greater risk of domestic violence and mental and physical ill health).


Adfam@Work is our service of  one to one remote support sessions,  via Zoom or telephone, available in evenings and weekends. These sessions are delivered in confidence by one of our professional team of trained and experienced substance use family support professionals  who offer up to 6 sessions of help and support, including practical tips, tools  and approaches for anyone struggling with a loved one’s addiction. The support sessions to help them cope and improve their own resilience and wellbeing.

Whether it is their partner, child, parent or other loved one, supporting someone struggling with substance use and addiction can leave your employee struggling with stress, anxiety, depression and can affect their overall wellbeing and ability to perform at work.

About Adfam

Established in 1984, Adfam is the leading national organisation working with, supporting and advocating for families and friends affected by someone else’s addiction. We provide direct service to affected others, training for practitioners and campaign on their behalf, giving them a voice.

We know from research that:

  • 1 in 10 adults (5.5 million) are dealing with a loved one’s addiction.
  • 2.2 million children are living with domestic abuse or parental drug or alcohol dependency – that’s 1 in 4 school children.
  • Around half a million parents are struggling to protect their children from alcohol and drug problems at this very minute.
  • Nearly a million adults have a partner with a drug or alcohol problem.
  • The cost of absenteeism for employers is over £90bn a year and approximately £30bn a year is cost related directly to personal wellbeing
  • depression rates have doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began, forewarns of a growing mental health crisis in the UK.

Adfam’s mission is to do as much as we possibly can to help families affected by these issues. We offer thousands of people:

  • Hope – our counselling and advice services help people to re-build their lives.
  • Connection – our online forum and groups around the country bring people together.
  • A voice – our advocacy programmes help people to break the taboo and tell others their story.

Please contact us for prices and more information