Family Addiction Support Network


Helping Families Help Themselves

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.

Can You Help?



24/7 Out of Hours Telephone Helpline

1-1 Support

5 Peer Led Support Groups

Access to Counselling

Access to Respite


Educational Programmes




FASN giving families a voice in the conversation about cocaine addiction on the Claire Byrne Live Show

Jackie & Gwen McKenna of FASN representing families & community drugs projects on Claire Byrne Live 

FASN News & Events 

Stories of Hope and Recovery. Story 4. A Son’s Story

Stories of Hope and Recovery. Story 4. A Son’s Story

This animation is based on lived experience and tells the story of an adult who grew up in a home where both parental mental health and addiction were issues. The person who shared his story speaks of how he ‘turned his life around’ through accessing support and...

Stories of Hope and Recovery. Story 3. A Grandmother’s Story

Stories of Hope and Recovery. Story 3. A Grandmother’s Story

We are delighted to share ICAAN’s next instalment from their animation series ‘5 Stories of Hope and Recovery’. This, the third short animation, was produced with support from the North-East Regional Drug and Alcohol Task Force and the Family Addiction Support Network...

Stories of Hope & Recovery. Animation 2. A mother’s story

Stories of Hope & Recovery. Animation 2. A mother’s story

ICAAN are delighted to share with you the second of our short animations from our ‘5 stories of hope and recovery. Our second animation tells the story of a young mum, who struggled with addiction and received help, support and a listening ear in her local community....

Families affected by alcohol-related brain injuries

Families affected by alcohol-related brain injuries

Families affected by alcohol-related brain injuries are often navigating and processing dual challenges – the impact that long term alcohol dependency has had on them as a family unit over a number of years plus the newer stress that understanding, managing, and...

Addressing Malnutrition in Alcohol Use Disorder

Addressing Malnutrition in Alcohol Use Disorder

Below are the speakers presentations from Professor Gramlich, Dr Kaanthan Jaawathar and Elaine Neary from the recent webinar "Addressing Malnutrition in Alcohol Use Disorder" Link to the new resource ‘Thiamine, Health Eating and You – You can help to prevent...

Weekly Support Groups Details – Reach Out Today for Support 

Navan Support Group 

Wednesday Evening, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Facilitator: James Floyd, Contact – 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405

Drogheda Support Group

Thursday Evening, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Facilitator: Brenda Kirwan, Contact no: 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405

Dundalk Support Group 

Thursday Evening, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Facilitator: Fiona Sheelan, Contact no: 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405

Cavan Support Group Online

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

Facilitator: Gearaidh Matthews, Contact no: 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405

Monaghan Support Group Online

Tuesday Evenings , 7.30pm – 9.30pm

Facilitator: Barbara, Contact no: 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405


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. 


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.

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 


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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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