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  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Substance misuse

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National - England


Adfam is England’s leading charity supporting and campaigning for families affected by drug and alcohol misuse.

We want anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use to have the chance to benefit from healthy relationships, be part of a loving and supportive family and enjoy mental and physical wellbeing. Drug and alcohol use can threaten and ultimately destroy family relationships and wellbeing. We empower family members and carers, support front-line workers and influence decision-makers to stop this happening.

The impact of substance use on family relationships and wellbeing is both profound and varied. We approach our work with care and close attention to what works in the real world. To do this we embrace evidence in all its diversity, never underestimating the value of real-life experience as well as formal research evidence.

We work with families, friends and carers, frontline workers and decision-makers on order to promote our vision and mission


Who we work with
Families, friends and carers – We inform and empower those affected by another’s substance use, and amplify their voices to ensure they have a stake in the issues that affect them.

Frontline workers – We build the confidence, capacity and capability of practitioners to ensure the support they deliver is effective and appropriate.

Decision-makers – We engage and influence key national and local decision-makers to shape policy and ensure they understand the issues the families we work with face every day.

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