Family Addiction Support Network


Helping Families Help Themselves

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The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is a dedicated support service for Family Members/Concerned Persons who are impacted by a loved one’s substance misuse.

In these extremely difficult times we are very aware of the challenges our service users
will be dealing with.

With this in mind we are continuing to provide vital service’s in the form of

· One to One Support sessions via phone and video calls
· 5 Step Brief Intervention via phone and video calls
· Health & Wellbeing support through Facebook (FASN)
· Counselling via phone and video calls
· Family Support Groups- virtual peer led family support groups via phone
and video calls.

Join our weekly online meetings for Navan, Drogheda, Dundalk, Cavan and Monaghan. You must contact us for details and support to access the online services at the contact details below. Remember we are here to help and support you .

Call: 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405 /


Support Groups 

Our traditional weekly meetings are now taking place online – reach out and join us, you will be most welcome. Contact us for further details. 

Navan Support Group Online

Wednesday Evening, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Drogheda Support Group Online

Thursday Evening, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Dundalk Support Group Online

Thursday Evening, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Cavan Support Group Online

Monday Evening (except bank holidays), 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Monaghan Support Group Online

Tuesday Evenings , 7.30pm – 9.30pm

FASN News & Events 

𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗡 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗗𝗿𝘂𝗴 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘆: 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗺𝗮 – 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭

𝗙𝗔𝗦𝗡 𝗜𝗻𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗻𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗙𝗮𝗺𝗶𝗹𝘆 𝗗𝗿𝘂𝗴 𝗦𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁 𝗗𝗮𝘆: 𝗦𝘁𝗼𝗽 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗺𝗮 – 𝟮𝟰𝘁𝗵 𝗙𝗲𝗯𝗿𝘂𝗮𝗿𝘆 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭

FASN International Family Drug Support Day: Stop the Stigma - 24th February 2021 Support the Family-Change the Outcome The aim of the International Family Drug Support Day is to not only to introduce people to the work of the Family Addiction Support Network but also...

Press Release: Communities Doing It for Themselves!

Press Release: Communities Doing It for Themselves!

Press Release: Communities Doing It for Themselves!There was great excitement at the Family Addiction Support Network premises last Friday 12th June in Dundalk as Gwen McKenna & Jackie McKenna welcomed Sinead Hussey RTE to showcase their Communities Doing It for...

Coronavirus COVID-19: FASN Office Closure

Coronavirus COVID-19: FASN Office Closure

Covid 19 is a contagious virus that can have fatal consequences for certain at risk groups. It is imperative that in Family Addiction Support Network we take all precautions to ensure the safety of the public.   The Family Addiction Support Network will suspend all...

Crossing the Threshold 

A facilitator’s guide to running developmental and support groups

The book is the result of a long standing collaboration between the Family Addiction Support Network and Ger Fitzpatrick of Fusion Training and Development. Click to view more

FASN calls for more Government support and funding for vital Addiction Support Services 

January 2020: Jackie McKenna, Project Coordinator FASN representing families and loved ones of people experiencing addiction issues and addressing Government at the “STAND TOGETHER”community rally in Drogheda Co. Louth to call for vital support and funding for addiction support services nationwide. 

FASN Political Campaign 

‘Communities Doing It

For Themselves’

The actions of an addicted individual affect not only themselves, but those closest to them – their family, friends, loved ones and the wider community. Addiction can take its toll on everyone and FASN are calling on all TD’s and community leaders to pledge their support to FASN – who are currently providing much needed services and resources on a volunteer basis. 

What do we need?

FASN are seeking a public pledge from all TD’s across all the parties to support & champion FASN, a community provider of support services for family members – wives, husbands, children, parents, grandparents, friends – all who are deeply affected by their loved one’s addiction and in NEED OF HELP.  To learn more about what FASN are seeking….

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Our Mission

Our goal is to assist families in the North East to achieve a greater understanding of addiction, the negative impact it
has had on their ability to engage with positive life opportunities and to help them improve their own quality of life
and if they choose to, help them fulfil a positive role in the recovery of their loved one

What we offer


24/7 Out of Hours Telephone Helpline

1-1 Support

5 Peer Led Support Groups

Access to Counselling

Access to Respite


Educational Programmes

What next?

Reach out and a Family Support Specialist will listen to you without judgement and in complete confidentially, answer your questions and talk to you about the possible next steps you can take –  with our support. 

Where to start?

Take the first step and reach out today.

Give us a call on 0429355251 / 0879046405 


Contact us through Facebook

Spark Change Awards

FASN Shortlised

The Family Addiction Support Network (FASN) is delighted to announce that their organisation has been shortlisted for the Spark Change Awards in the Campaigner, Storyteller, Includer and Connector categories.

The aim of the Spark Change Challenge Awards is the celebration of people and groups working across Ireland who are working towards making their communities socially, environmentally and economically sustainable.


The people at FASN understood everything my family and I was going through simply because they had been there too. They gave me a glimmer of hope and so and I was so glad when I attended my first family support meeting.

Family Support Member, Dundalk

I learned to look after myself and got new coping skills. It has brought me great peace, tolerance and freedom to let my family member take the consequences for the choices THEY make. Heartfelt thanks Family Support!

Family Support Member, Drogheda

Family Support became my lifeline. Each week I couldn't wait to get to my group. It became like my family. I was accepted, never criticized or judged for the way in which I handled situations. Thank you, Thank you Family Support.

Family Support Member, Cavan

What is Addiction?

  • Addiction is a complex disease, often chronic in nature, which affects the functioning of the brain and body.
  • It also causes serious damage to families, relationships, schools, workplaces and neighbourhoods.
  • The most common symptoms of addiction are severe loss of control, continued use despite serious consequences, preoccupation with using, failed attempts to quit, tolerance and withdrawal.
  • Addiction can be effectively prevented, treated and managed by healthcare professionals in combination with family or peer support.

Drug Stigma & Shame:

  • The truth is, addiction is a disease. A person with an addiction can’t “just stop” taking drugs. A drug or alcohol problem isn’t something to be ashamed about—it’s something to get help for.
  • Stigma looms over parents or family members who have a loved one struggling with a substance use disorder. Insensitive and dehumanising words like “junkie”  or “druggie” can and do sting. Far too often, society has a knee-jerk reaction to those struggling with an addiction disorder.
  • What must be understood is that a drug or alcohol addiction is not a moral failing. It’s a disease that requires professional treatment.
  • Stigma causes guilt and shame and is the major component that prevents those experiencing addiction — and their loved ones — from seeking professional help.

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