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, which have been monthly and on a Tuesday since October 2020, will now take place on alternate months: hence February, April, and then (because of the June AFINet Conference - and the Northern Hemisphere summer break in July/August) in September, November, January, March, etc, and will move between Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday, so people with regular commitments on one of those days will still be able to attend on the others. The programme for the rest of 2023 and the start of 2024 is outlined below; Webinars for later in the year will be added at least two months in advance.

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

AFINet Webinars will take place on alternate months: November, January, March, May, November (with a break in July/August) and will move between Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday, so people with regular commitments on one of those days will still be able to attend on the others.

Date: Wednesday 20th September 2023, 10am UK time (11am Germany etc; 12 noon Finland; 7pm Eastern Australian time; other times: times:
Title: Family member and friend treatment for gambling harm: Development of a self-directed intervention
Presenter: Dr Stephanie Merkouris, Lecturer in Psychology, Deakin University, Australia
Description: Despite the large number of people affected by someone else’s gambling and the extent of harm they experience, there are few established psychological interventions specifically designed for family members and friends affected by someone else’s gambling. Moreover, given that only around 20% of people seeking gambling treatment and support services are family members and friends, lower-intensity interventions that are easily accessible are important to facilitate recovery from gambling harm without formal treatment. This Webinar will report on Dr Merkouris’ program of research focusing on the development of a self-directed intervention for people affected by someone else’s gambling behaviour, by drawing on the evidence base for people impacted by someone else’s alcohol and/or substance use.


Date: Tuesday 14th November 2023, 09.00am UK time (10.00am Germany etc; 11.00am Finland; 20.00 pm, Melbourne time, other times:
Title: An Australian case study of an online group education and support program: BreakThrough: Families Understanding Addiction
Presenter: Dr Annette Peart, Research Fellow in Addiction Studies, Monash University and Turning Point and Mr Rob Campbell, Programme Manager, Family Drug and Gambling Help, Melbourne, Australia
Description: Education programs for affected family members aim to assist in improving coping skills, understanding of addiction, and provide support, yet these have not been subjected to in-depth research, especially programs delivered by peers, or people with lived experience. BreakThrough is a program for family, friends and partners of people with addictive behaviours and offers practical strategies about how to talk to loved ones about their substance use, better respond to and manage challenging behaviours, and make self-care a priority. This Webinar will report on a collaboration between Monash University, Turning Point, and the Self Help Addiction Resource Centre to understand the participant experience of BreakThrough, and develop and evaluate an online support group supplementing BreakThrough.

Date: Thursday 18th January 2024, 14.00 UK time, 15.00 Swedish and German time, other times:
Title: The 'Me & My Family' programme in Sweden
Presenters: Ann Lyrberg, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Gävle University, and Centre for Research and Development, Uppsala University/Region Gävleborg, Sweden and Dr Kari Jess, Department of Health and Welfare, Dalarna University, Sweden
Description: Children of parents with substance use problems (SUP) tend to have poorer health and underperform in school, affecting their childhood development and future opportunities. An intervention for families with parental SUP, provided by Swedish social services outpatient care, named Me and My Family, supports cooperation between case managers working with alcohol misuse and child protection. The intervention includes eight weekly sessions, focuses on improving the children’s situation, and is an example of preventive work. The webinar will present the programme, results from an outcome study and interviews with children about their experiences of the intervention.

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