AFINet is a free-to-join Network, providing a platform which:

  • brings together researchers, policy-makers and practitioners;
  • promotes the well-being of family members, friends and colleagues who are affected by or concerned about another person’s problems with or addiction to alcohol, drugs or gambling; and
  • develops research, policy and practice in the field.


The AFINet Webinars generally are monthly, and cover a range of topics related to Addiction and the Family. The programme for 2021 is below.

All Webinars are recorded and those recordings are made available a few days later on the AFINet website <> The list of past Webinars is below, beneath the programme for future ones.

Participation in each webinar is free, but to join, you MUST register beforehand. For each Webinar that you are interested in, please register in the few days before it starts, via Below the programme you can find a video recording of each Webinar that has been presented so far, along with the PowerPoint slides for that Webinar. As we are a small charity, if you can donate a small amount for each webinar, this would be really appreciated. We suggest 25Euro or £20. Paypal takes about 5% of the payment and banks can take up to 20% so Paypal is preferable.

Payment Details - You can request an invoice -

You can either pay through the website through Paypal or pay by BACS or web transfer. 

Bank: CO-OP. Name: Addiction & the Family International Ntwrk
Address: PO box 250, Delf House, Southwat, Skelmersdale WN8 6WT, uk
Sort Code: 08-92-99. A/C No: 65824603
BIC: CPBK GB22. IBAN: GB70 CPBK 0892 9965 8246 03

Future Webinars

Date: Thursday and Friday, 29th and 30th September 2022
Title: AFINet’s next virtual on-line Conference will be held on 29th and 30th September
Description: To register for the Conference, go here:
To see the programme, go here:
As we did with the last AFINet virtual conference [ and] the time slots for one day will be oriented towards the East of the world (Australasia, Asia, India, Middle-East, Eastern Europe) and for the other day to the West of the world (Northern, Central and Southern America, Africa and Western Europe)

Date: Tuesday 18th October 2022, 14:00 UK time
Title: Effectiveness of the Strengthening Families Programme in the UK at preventing substance misuse in 10–14 year-olds - pragmatic RCT
Presenters:Dr Jeremy Segrott, Centre for Trials Research, College of Biomedical and Life Sciences Cardiff University, UK
Description: The Strengthening Families Programme 10–14 (SFP10-14) is a USA-developed universal group-based intervention aiming to prevent substance misuse by strengthening protective factors within the family. This study evaluated a proportionate universal implementation of the adapted UK version (SFP10-14UK) which brought together families identified as likely/not likely to experience/present challenges within a group setting. This was a pragmatic cluster-randomised controlled effectiveness trial, with families as the unit of randomisation and embedded process and economic evaluations.


Date: Tuesday 8th November 2022, 15:00 UK time (10:00 am Toronto time)
Title: Mothers experiences of caregiving for their adult children with substance use disorder
Presenters: Dr Oona St-Amant, Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Toronto Metropolitan University, Toronto, Canada
Description: This webinar will examine mothers’ experiences of caring for adult children with substance use disorder (SUD). Using a critical lens, the presenter will discuss problematic historical representations of mothers from the literature that have informed medical discourse today. Dr St-Amant will also delve into what is known from existing literature about family members’ role in caring for persons with SUD. Finally, Dr St-Amant will offer family-centered strategies towards systemic change.

Date: Tuesday 13th December 2022, 14:00 UK time (15:00 am Italy time)
Title: Affected Family Members of Disordered Gamblers during the COVID-19 Pandemic in Italy during Lockdown
Presenters: Daniela Capitanucci, Association Azzardo e Nuove Dipendenze [Gambling and New Addictions], Gallarate, Italy
Maria Anna Donati, Department of Neuroscience, Psychology, Drug, and Child’s Health, University of Florence, Italy
Description: This Webinar presents research which looked at how AFMs of disordered gamblers were affected during lockdown restrictions in Italy - the European country first affected by the virus and with the largest gambling market. Although AFMs reported a general interruption of the relative’s gambling behaviour and a general sense of relief for the closure of gambling activities, accompanied by the perception of good family relationships, AFMs still felt tired, worried, and apprehensive. They also perceived more fear, stress, and anxiety than before the lockdown, especially when thinking about the reopening of gambling opportunities at the end of the lockdown. Implications for clinical practice, policy, prevention and further research will be considered.

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