Family Addiction Support Network

 

Helping Families Help Themselves

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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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 services to the public from their premises in Lios Dubh, Dundalk Co Louth and the five Peer Led Family Support Groups in Cavan, Navan, Castleblaney, Drogheda and Dundalk from Thursday 12th March resuming the week of Monday 30th March.
This will include 1-1 supports, counselling and the 5 peer led Family Support Groups across the region. The RISE programme will also be suspended until further notice. Phone supports will be put in place for family members.
 
We continue to encourage you and your colleagues to adhere to published government instructions on how best to avoid COVID-19, both in the work environment and at home As we all know, prevention is the best line of defense we have.
 
Please contact our Telephone Helpline 087 9046 405 should you require support.
 
Further updates on this situation will be posted here and on our website.
 
Take good care everyone

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 News & Events 

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...

5 Step Method Training in Dublin April 8th and 9th

5 Step Method Training in Dublin April 8th and 9th

What is the 5-Step Method? The 5-Step Method, a brief psychosocial intervention. The 5-Step Method is an original method of working with family members of substance users and problem gamblers, developed and evaluated by the AFINet Group in the UK.  It presents a...

Support Booklet for Parents & Guardians  – “Don’t Lose the Head”

Support Booklet for Parents & Guardians – “Don’t Lose the Head”

Support Booklet – “Don’t Lose the Head” “Parents who talk to their children about drugs and know what they are doing and who they are with, can reduce the chances of their children using drugs.” – Biglan et al, 2004, cited in www.drugprevention.gc.ca This booklet has...

FASN Supports Citywide 2020 General Election Manifesto

FASN Supports Citywide 2020 General Election Manifesto

Events of the last week have highlighted yet again the shocking price that is paid by individuals, families and communities as a result of our failure as a society to respond adequately to the drugs problem. From our 25 years’ experience in Citywide we...

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

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24/7 Out of Hours Telephone Helpline

1-1 Support

5 Peer Led Support Groups

Access to Counselling

Access to Respite

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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 

Email: info.fasn@gmail.com 

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Our Family Support Groups

We offer an open, friendly, accessible and non-judgmental family support service so that no family has to live with the isolation that drug use can bring. Come along to one of our weekly meetings that take place in Dundalk, Cavan, Drogheda or Navan. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you feel, for the moment, you need 1 to 1 support. We are are here to help & support you.

Call: 042 93 55251 / 087 9046405 /

Emall: info.fasn@gmail.com

Navan Support Group

Wednesday Evening, 7.00pm – 9.00pm

Unit 2, First Floor,
Kennedy Road,
Navan,
Co. Meath

Drogheda Support Group

Thursday Evening, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The Stables,
Batchelors’ Lane
Drogheda
Co. Louth

Dundalk Support Group

Thursday Evening, 7.30pm – 9.30pm

The Hub, Lios Dubh
Armagh Rd
Dundalk
Co.Louth

Cavan Support Group

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

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26 Bridge Street,
Cavan
Co. Cavan

Monaghan Support Group

Tuesday Evenings , 7.30pm – 9.30pm

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Iontas Centre,
Castleblaney,
Co. Monaghan

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.

WHAT FAMILY MEMBERS SAY

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

NEWS FROM OUR NETWORK

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...

5 Step Method Training in Dublin April 8th and 9th

5 Step Method Training in Dublin April 8th and 9th

What is the 5-Step Method? The 5-Step Method, a brief psychosocial intervention. The 5-Step Method is an original method of working with family members of substance users and problem gamblers, developed and evaluated by the AFINet Group in the UK.  It presents a...

Support Booklet for Parents & Guardians  – “Don’t Lose the Head”

Support Booklet for Parents & Guardians – “Don’t Lose the Head”

Support Booklet – “Don’t Lose the Head” “Parents who talk to their children about drugs and know what they are doing and who they are with, can reduce the chances of their children using drugs.” – Biglan et al, 2004, cited in www.drugprevention.gc.ca This booklet has...

FASN Supports Citywide 2020 General Election Manifesto

FASN Supports Citywide 2020 General Election Manifesto

Events of the last week have highlighted yet again the shocking price that is paid by individuals, families and communities as a result of our failure as a society to respond adequately to the drugs problem. From our 25 years’ experience in Citywide we...

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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