AIM

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.

*Addiction

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

AFINet Newsletter July 2002 (Issue 15) published

03 Aug 2022 News & Research

As you read through this, our 15th newsletter, you will note that we continue to make adjustments to our...

Podcast Impact Addiction on the Family

18 Jul 2022 News & Research

Title: https://anchor.fm/recovery-talks/episodes/S3-Episode-1-The-Impact-of-Addiction-on-Families-e1g16mb

New Book Invites AFMs to the Inside of Recovery

18 Jul 2022 News & Research

Traditional rehab centers for treating men and women with substance use disorders often relegate...

New York Times Article: Codependency is a toxic myth in Addiction Recovery

12 Jul 2022 News & Research

Published 8 July 22 With over seven million copies sold, Melody Beattie’s 1986 best seller, “Codependent No...

Webinar Series Tues 16th Aug 2022, 12.30 pm UK time. (18:30 pm South Sumatra time) Family resilience in caring for drug addiction in Indonesia

31 May 2022 News & Research

Date: Tuesday 16th August 2022, 12:30 pm UK time (18:30 pm South Sumatra time). Title: Family resilience...

Calls for Abstracts: AFINet International Conference 2022, September 29 – 30.

26 May 2022 News & Research

AFINet International Conference 2022, September 29 – 30.Two half-day sessions via video conferencing...

Article: What About Affected Family Members of Disordered Gamblers During the COVID-19 Pandemic? A Study in Italy During the Lockdown Restrictions

05 May 2022 News & Research

A very interesting article about the sufferance of gamblers’ AFMs during Covid-19 lockdown in Italy by...

AFINet Conference 15-17 June 2023 in Rotterdam

01 Apr 2022 News & Research

We will be running a face to face conference in the lovely city of Rotterdam, Holland. Save the date....

5-Step Method Training via Zoom

25 Mar 2022 News & Research

For details of training via zoom, email: candf2021@outlook.com and an application form will be sent to...

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