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AFINet member Urvita Bhatia presents Poster and gives Twitter interview

AFINet member Urvita Bhatia presents Poster and gives Twitter interview

AFINet member Urvita Bhatia presents Poster and gives Twitter interview at the Wellcome Trust / Department of BioTechnology, India Fellowship meeting in Hyderabad.  The poster (see the photo) was about the SAFE Trial being undertaken in Goa, India, as described in the June 2017...

27-06-2017

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AFINet members publish a systematic review of “Psychosocial interventions for addiction-affected families in Low and Middle Income Countries

AFINet members Anil Rane, Urvita Bhatia, Jim Orford, Richard Velleman and Abhijit Nadkarni recently published a systematic review titled: “Psychosocial interventions for addiction-affected families in Low and Middle Income Countries”, a copy of which is stored on the website. The reference is: Addictive Behaviors, 74 (2017)...

23-06-2017

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5-Step Method training in New Zealand

5-Step Method training in New Zealand

Matua Raki (the national addiction workforce development centre in New Zealand) has been working closely with AFINet (Richard and Gill Velleman) to implement the 5- Step Method throughout the addiction sector in New Zealand.  There are a number of components to the implementation strategy and...

23-06-2017

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5-Step Method training in Australia

As part of the ‘Checkmate’ programme (reported elsewhere in this newsletter) , Gill and Richard Velleman undertook a 2-day 5-Step Method training course for the Checkmate staff (Frances Kay-Lambkin, Jenny Geddes and Sally Hunt) and 12 researchers and clinicians working at the National Drug and...

23-06-2017

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Article supporting our 5 Step intervention in DNN Magazine

Great to see an article in support of our 5-Step intervention for family members in the Feb '17 issue of @DDNMagazine (https://drinkanddrugsnews.com/ddn-february-2017/ - see p18)". 

23-02-2017

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Training near London in the 5-Step Method is announced

Save the Date!  On 1st & 2nd November 2016, Richard and Gill Velleman will be running a 2-day training course in the 5-Step Method for helping affected family members, in Maidenhead (near London). Exact details nearer the time, but if you want training in the...

11-08-2016

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What I’ve been reading this month (July 2016), from Jim Orford

I have just read two articles which come from countries which, as far as I know, have not produced research findings of these kinds before. Each of them adds to the accumulation of evidence that living with a close relative who is...

28-07-2016

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Further findings from the UK bereavement through substance use study published

Another paper from this recently completed 3 year study in the UK, which focuses on a subset of interviews where the death involved a fatal drugs overdose, has been published in Drugs: education, prevention and policy. AFINet members Lorna...

23-03-2016

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Core findings paper from UK bereavement through substance use study published

A paper outlining the main findings from a recently completed UK study in to bereavement through substance use has just been published in Addiction Research & Theory. AFINet members Lorna Templeton and Richard Velleman were involved...

15-03-2016

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AFINet 1st AGM, Birmingham, UK on Wednesday July 15th 2015

AFINet 1st AGM Birmingham Wednesday July 15th 2015 Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston Park Road, Birmingham, England AFINet– the Addiction and the Family International Network – is now officially a ‘small charity’ or what is more generally referred to as a Non-Government Organisation...

26-06-2015

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Final event of a major 3 year study in to 'bereavement through substance use'

In June 2015 AFINet members, Lorna Templeton and Richard Velleman, attended the final event of a major 3 year study in to 'bereavement through substance use' that they have been involved with over the last 3 years.  One of the study's...

26-06-2015

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5-Step Method training in Hong Kong & new book with contributions from AFINet members published

Following the delivery by Richard Velleman and Gracemary Leung of a 2-day 5-Step Method training in Hong Kong in April 2014, Richard and Gill Velleman travelled to Hong Kong in May 2015 and delivered (again with Gracemary...

28-05-2015

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The Parenting Support and Drug Use Study:

The following papers may be of interest to AFINet members. They report findings from a two year longitudinal qualitative study conducted in Scotland which explored accounts of parenting support during the antenatal and postnatal period from the perspective of...

21-05-2015

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Family members affected by a relative's substance misuse looking for social support: Who are they?

Brazilian AFINet colleagues, Helen Sakiyama et al. have had a paper describing their research in Sao Paolo published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. The research describes 500 adult family members who were seeking help through mutual self-help groups. Futher details can be found...

24-02-2015

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Iran’s first research about family members affected by addiction

Iran’s first research about family members affected by addiction has been published! In fact we think this may be the first such work undertaken in any predominantly Muslim country. It is been a great pleasure to work together, helping prepare a report on this work...

15-10-2014

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Conflict and dilemma in experiences of adult family members caring for a problem-drinking parent.

“How do I tell my children about what my mum's like?” Conflict and dilemma in experiences of adult family members caring for a problem-drinking parent. A recent study by Mandi Hodges and Alex Copello explored the experiences of adult...

08-07-2014

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Involving family members in drug treatment: A pilot study of a social network intervention for heroin users in opiate substitution treatment

This multi-site randomised controlled trial aims to test the feasibility of implementing and evaluating brief social behaviour and network therapy (B-SBNT) for clients in opiate substitution treatment (OST). The project builds upon earlier SBNT work conducted as part of the UK...

23-06-2014

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Testing the short questionnaire for family members affected by addiction: help required

The short questionnaire for family members (affected by addiction) – the SQFM(AA) – is starting to prove popular! It is a 33-item questionnaire covering each of the four main building blocks of the stress-strain-coping-support (SSCS) model of addiction and the family –...

18-06-2014

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First AFINet Newsletter published

This is the first AFINet Newsletter so a big welcome to all AFINet members and to others of you who have expressed an interest in receiving newsletters. We launched AFINet in February 2014 and we have been delighted with the interest and response from across the globe. After three months we have 48 members...

16-05-2014

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Results from the first English Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

A team at the Centre for Child and Youth Research at Brunel University, London, led by Professor Judith Harwin, has recently produced the final report of their evaluation of the first family drug and alcohol Court (FDAC) to operate in England. Jim Orford provided some...

16-05-2014

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A recent article raises interesting questions for AFINet about cultural differences

Although this interesting qualitative study by Maria Fotopoulou, of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Glasgow, did not involve family members at all – the participants were 40 drug users undergoing treatment in two state drug agencies in Thessaloniki, Greece...

08-04-2014

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Is a child, harmed by the mother’s drinking during pregnancy, entitled to compensation

Is a child, harmed by the mother’s drinking during pregnancy, entitled to compensation, and what are the implications for harmed family members more generally? The following is taken, slightly adapted, from the BBC News website 5th March 2014. A council – which cannot be named...

08-04-2014

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Bereavement through substance misuse

The first phase of this UK 3 year study (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) has been completed.  In total, 100 in-depth qualitative interviews were undertaken (in Scotland and the South West of England) with 106 adults who have been bereaved following the...

20-03-2014

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Supporting young people affected by parental alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland

A major 4 year project is underway in Northern Ireland. Building on previous work (further information can be found elsewhere on this website, or from the Alcohol Research UK website as they funded one of the projects which has been completed), this project aims to...

20-03-2014

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2-day Workshop on The 5-Step Method: Supporting Family Members of People with Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Problems

Richard Velleman, a founder AFINet member, is travelling to Hong Kong in April to co-run (with Grace Leung, also an AFINet member) some initial 5-Step training for practitioners there. The flyer advertising this event is available if you click here. Some details about our Hong...

14-03-2014

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When Older Adult Substance Abuse Affects Others: What Helps and What Doesn’t?

Jan Ligon, PhD, LCSW Georgia State University The abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the older adult population, which includes the aging “baby boomers,” is escalating. It is anticipated that the need for treatment will grow to 4.4 million older adults by 2020 (Dowling, Weiss,...

03-03-2014

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Addiction in context: The influence of families and wider social networks, theory and practice

During November 2013 Alex Copello was invited to give one of the keynote addresses at the Australasian Professional Society on Alcohol & other Drugs (APSAD) annual conference in Brisbane. APSAD is the Asia Pacific's leading multidisciplinary organisation for professionals...

10-02-2014

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The Forgotten Carers: Support for adult family members affected by a relative’s drug problems reports

This work builds on the first phase of UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) family research, with a study investigating the extent and nature of support provided to adult family members affected by a relative’s drug problems across the UK. ...

10-02-2014

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Jim Orford speaks about gambling and family members at the Third International Multidisciplinary Symposium

Jim Orford recently made two presentations about gambling and family members at the Third International Multidisciplinary Symposium, Excessive Gambling: Prevention and Harm Reduction, which took place at the University of Pentateuch, Switzerland, 15th to 17th January 2014. Gambling is increasingly recognised...

07-02-2014

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Alcohol Focus Scotland | Unrecognised and under-reported

Alcohol Focus Scotland | Unrecognised and under-reported

"1 in 3 people report having heavy drinkers in their lives" and "1 in 2 people report being harmed as a result of someone else’s drinking" says national survey commissioned by Alcohol Focus Scotland (AFS). Report seeks to better understand the scale and...

22-01-2014

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AFINet member Urvita Bhatia presents Poster and gives Twitter interview

AFINet member Urvita Bhatia presents Poster and gives Twitter interview at the Wellcome Trust / Depa... Read more

AFINet members publish a systematic review of “Psychosocial interventions for addiction-affected families in Low and Middle Income Countries

AFINet members Anil Rane, Urvita Bhatia, Jim Orford, Richard Velleman and Abhijit Nadkarni recently ... Read more

5-Step Method training in New Zealand

Matua Raki (the national addiction workforce development centre in New Zealand) has been working clo... Read more

5-Step Method training in Australia

As part of the ‘Checkmate’ programme (reported elsewhere in this newsletter) , Gill and Richard Vell... Read more

Article supporting our 5 Step intervention in DNN Magazine

Great to see an article in support of our 5-Step intervention for family members in the Feb '17 issu... Read more

Training near London in the 5-Step Method is announced

Save the Date!  On 1st & 2nd November 2016, Richard and Gill Velleman will be running a 2-day tr... Read more

What I’ve been reading this month (July 2016), from Jim Orford

I have just read two articles which come from countries which, as far as I know, have not produced ... Read more

Further findings from the UK bereavement through substance use study published

Another paper from this recently completed 3 year study in the UK, which focuses on a subset of in... Read more

Core findings paper from UK bereavement through substance use study published

A paper outlining the main findings from a recently completed UK study in to bereavement through... Read more

AFINet 1st AGM, Birmingham, UK on Wednesday July 15th 2015

AFINet 1st AGM Birmingham Wednesday July 15th 2015 Winterbourne Gardens, Edgbaston Park Road, B... Read more

Final event of a major 3 year study in to 'bereavement through substance use'

In June 2015 AFINet members, Lorna Templeton and Richard Velleman, attended the final event of a m... Read more

5-Step Method training in Hong Kong & new book with contributions from AFINet members published

Following the delivery by Richard Velleman and Gracemary Leung of a 2-day 5-Step Method training i... Read more

The Parenting Support and Drug Use Study:

The following papers may be of interest to AFINet members. They report findings from a two year lo... Read more

Family members affected by a relative's substance misuse looking for social support: Who are they?

Brazilian AFINet colleagues, Helen Sakiyama et al. have had a paper describing their research in Sao... Read more

Iran’s first research about family members affected by addiction

Iran’s first research about family members affected by addiction has been published! In fact we thin... Read more

Conflict and dilemma in experiences of adult family members caring for a problem-drinking parent.

“How do I tell my children about what my mum's like?” Conflict and dilemma in experiences of adult... Read more

Involving family members in drug treatment: A pilot study of a social network intervention for heroin users in opiate substitution treatment

This multi-site randomised controlled trial aims to test the feasibility of implementing and evalua... Read more

Testing the short questionnaire for family members affected by addiction: help required

The short questionnaire for family members (affected by addiction) – the SQFM(AA) – is starting to ... Read more

First AFINet Newsletter published

This is the first AFINet Newsletter so a big welcome to all AFINet members and to others of you wh... Read more

Results from the first English Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

A team at the Centre for Child and Youth Research at Brunel University, London, led by Professor Jud... Read more

A recent article raises interesting questions for AFINet about cultural differences

Although this interesting qualitative study by Maria Fotopoulou, of the School of Social and Politic... Read more

Is a child, harmed by the mother’s drinking during pregnancy, entitled to compensation

Is a child, harmed by the mother’s drinking during pregnancy, entitled to compensation, and what are... Read more

Bereavement through substance misuse

The first phase of this UK 3 year study (funded by the Economic and Social Research Council) has bee... Read more

Supporting young people affected by parental alcohol misuse in Northern Ireland

A major 4 year project is underway in Northern Ireland. Building on previous work (further informati... Read more

2-day Workshop on The 5-Step Method: Supporting Family Members of People with Drug, Alcohol and Gambling Problems

Richard Velleman, a founder AFINet member, is travelling to Hong Kong in April to co-run (with Grace... Read more

When Older Adult Substance Abuse Affects Others: What Helps and What Doesn’t?

Jan Ligon, PhD, LCSW Georgia State University The abuse of alcohol and other drugs in the older adu... Read more

Addiction in context: The influence of families and wider social networks, theory and practice

During November 2013 Alex Copello was invited to give one of the keynote addresses at the Australa... Read more

The Forgotten Carers: Support for adult family members affected by a relative’s drug problems reports

This work builds on the first phase of UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) family research, with a... Read more

Jim Orford speaks about gambling and family members at the Third International Multidisciplinary Symposium

Jim Orford recently made two presentations about gambling and family members at the Third Internat... Read more

Alcohol Focus Scotland | Unrecognised and under-reported

"1 in 3 people report having heavy drinkers in their lives" and "1 in 2 people report being harmed... Read more

Steps to Cope

Two projects have been completed in Northern Ireland with our AFINet partners to develop and evaluat... Read more

The effects that substance misusing parents have on children and other family members

Richard Velleman recently gave a talk about the effects that substance misusing parents have on chi... Read more

Half-day programme on Addiction and the Family

Members of the UK Alcohol, Drugs and the Family research and practice group convened a half-day prog... Read more

The Impact of Substance Misusing Parents on children - References

References on Risk and Resilience: The impact of substance misusing parents on their child... Read more

International workshop | 5-Step Method for family members affected by relatives’ addiction problems

An International workshop for collaborators and potential collaborators involved in research and ac... Read more

Major report, Silent Voices, into parental alcohol misuse

One member of the UK ADF Group (Lorna) has co-authored a major report, Silent Voices, into parental ... Read more

Major new project underway

Major project underway to investigate the experiences and needs of family members and significant ot... Read more

The Impact of Substance Misusing Parents on children - The Report

Risk and Resilience: The Impact of Substance Misusing Parents on children Presentation at the LSCB/... Read more

Book Review

Betting Their Lives: The Close Relations of Problem Gamblers, by Lorne Tepperman, Don Mills, Ontari... Read more

Family Members Affected by Addiction

New Article on Family Members Affected by Addiction in a Major Health Science Journal Highlight... Read more

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