The Addiction and the Family International Network promotes, through research, practice and policy, the well-being of family members, friends and colleagues who are affected by, and/or concerned about another person’s problems with or addiction* to alcohol, drugs or gambling.

Family Members' Experiences

Family members and others who are affected by addiction* have received far less attention than they deserve. Their experiences need to be better publicised and their voices better heard. They have a vital role to play in understanding and responding to addiction* and have a right to receive appropriate services themselves.

Website: Who for

People involved in research, practice or policy-making or who are experts through experience. If you are looking for information, international collaboration or assistance, then please join. Membership is free of charge.


Using the word addiction can be controversial and emotive, to both practitioners and affected family members (AFMs), as it can imply only extreme problems and this can mean that some AFMs do not seek support. For AFINet, we are using the word as a short-hand: the issue for AFINet is whether AFMs feel they have been affected by somebody else's use of alcohol and/or other drugs, gambling or other excessive behaviours. So, the focus is on the AFMs experience and not the nature and severity of the problem.
The founders of AFINet (see About/Background) developed the Stress-Strain-Information-Coping-Support Model and the 5-Step Method, and once AFINet was created it became their ‘home’. For this reason there is a section of this website devoted to them. However, there are various methods which have been developed to assist the well-being of AFMs and AFINet supports all of them.

Latest News and Research

Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

26 Oct 2021 News & Research

23rd November 2021 The next in this successful series: Dorine van Namen: AFMs and Study Success – see...

Training 12 & 13 Nov The Invitation to Change Approach and specifically for Recovery Coach Training.

21 Sep 2021 News & Research

Our keynote speaker Jeff Foote has sent us details for Training in The Invitation to Change Approach and...

Addiction and the Family International Network (AFINet) Webinar Series

15 Sep 2021 News & Research

AFINet is a free-to-join Network, providing a platform which: brings together researchers, policy-makers...

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