Family Addiction Support Network

 

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This is an urgent APPEAL to our communities to help keep the doors open to the Family Addiction Support Network (FASN).

Due to lack of financial commitment from the Government, FASN needs to raise funds immediately to continue delivering essential services to family members affected by a loved oneโ€™s substance misuse. Addiction issues have a devastating effect on the family unit and often family members struggle to know what to do.

With the help & support of FASN, families across Cavan, Monaghan, Louth and Meath no longer have to cope alone.

We offer free, confidential support and education to family members – parents, children over 18yrs, siblings, grandparents – all of whom are greatly affected by a loved one’s drug or alcohol misuse.

ย After 20 years, FASN due to close its door due to lack of government funding

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜: ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฐ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ก ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐— ๐—™๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ก ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ – ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ โ‚ฌ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—›๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—น๐˜๐—ต ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐˜‚๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐˜ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—น๐—น๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—๐˜‚๐˜€๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ’๐˜€ ๐—ฉ๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—š๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜.

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?

What SERVICES FASN PROVIDES TO FAMILY MEMBERS

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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

FASN News & Eventsย 

๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™€๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™–๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™š๐™จ

๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™€๐™™๐™ช๐™˜๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™–๐™ก ๐™‹๐™ง๐™ค๐™œ๐™ง๐™–๐™ข ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ฎ ๐™ˆ๐™š๐™ข๐™—๐™š๐™ง๐™จ ๐™ก๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™œ ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ ๐™–๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™š๐™จ

๐˜ฟ๐™ค๐™š๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ค๐™ข๐™š๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™š ๐™ฎ๐™ค๐™ช ๐™ก๐™ค๐™ซ๐™š ๐™๐™–๐™ซ๐™š ๐™–๐™ก๐™˜๐™ค๐™๐™ค๐™ก ๐™ค๐™ง/๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™™๐™ง๐™ช๐™œ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™š๐™จ? ๐™’๐™š ๐™ ๐™ฃ๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™๐™ค๐™ฌ ๐™™๐™ž๐™›๐™›๐™ž๐™˜๐™ช๐™ก๐™ฉ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™ž๐™จ ๐™ž๐™จ. ๐˜ผ๐™™๐™™๐™ž๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ ๐™ž๐™จ ๐™– ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ฅ๐™ก๐™š๐™ญ ๐™ž๐™จ๐™จ๐™ช๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™–๐™ฉ ๐™–๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™จ ๐™ž๐™ฃ๐™™๐™ž๐™ซ๐™ž๐™™๐™ช๐™–๐™ก๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™›๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š ๐™ฌ๐™ž๐™™๐™š๐™ง ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™ข๐™ช๐™ฃ๐™ž๐™ฉ๐™ฎ. ๐™๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™—๐™š๐™˜๐™ค๐™ข๐™š ๐™™๐™ž๐™จ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™ฃ๐™š๐™˜๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™, ๐™ค๐™ช๐™ง ๐™ง๐™š๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™ž๐™ค๐™ฃ๐™จ๐™๐™ž๐™ฅ๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™›๐™›๐™š๐™ง ๐™–๐™ฃ๐™™ ๐™ฌ๐™š ๐™˜๐™–๐™ฃ ๐™›๐™š๐™š๐™ก ๐™ž๐™จ๐™ค๐™ก๐™–๐™ฉ๐™š๐™™...

“๐™„๐™› ๐™๐˜ผ๐™Ž๐™‰ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ – ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™™๐™ค ๐™›๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™œ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ?”

“๐™„๐™› ๐™๐˜ผ๐™Ž๐™‰ ๐™–๐™ง๐™š ๐™›๐™ค๐™ง๐™˜๐™š๐™™ ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™˜๐™ก๐™ค๐™จ๐™š ๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™ž๐™ง ๐™™๐™ค๐™ค๐™ง๐™จ – ๐™ฌ๐™๐™š๐™ง๐™š ๐™™๐™ค ๐™›๐™–๐™ข๐™ž๐™ก๐™ž๐™š๐™จ ๐™œ๐™ค ๐™ฉ๐™ค ๐™–๐™˜๐™˜๐™š๐™จ๐™จ ๐™จ๐™ช๐™ฅ๐™ฅ๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฉ?”

๐—–๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐—จ๐—ฝ ๐—ฃ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜: ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐—ถ๐—ฒ ๐— ๐—ฐ๐—ž๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ฎ, ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ท๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐˜ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ก ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐— ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ฒ๐—น ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐— ๐—™๐—  ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ก ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—น๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ป๐—ผ ๐—ณ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—บ ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ณ๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ - ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ โ‚ฌ๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฌ,๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฌ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด...

๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ก ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐——๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—บ๐—ฎ โ€“ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ

๐—™๐—”๐—ฆ๐—ก ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—™๐—ฎ๐—บ๐—ถ๐—น๐˜† ๐——๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ด ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜†: ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฝ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฆ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ด๐—บ๐—ฎ โ€“ ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฐ๐˜๐—ต ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฌ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ

FASNย International Family Drug Support Day: Stop the Stigma -ย 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...

Weekly Support Groups Details – Reach Out Today for Supportย 

Navan Support Groupย 

Wednesday Evening, 7.30pm โ€“ 9.30pm

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

Drogheda Support Group

Thursday Evening, 7.00pm โ€“ 9.00pm

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

Dundalk Support Groupย 

Thursday Evening, 7.30pm โ€“ 9.30pm

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

Cavan Support Group Online

Monday Evening (except bank holidays), 7.30pm โ€“ 9.30pm

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

Monaghan Support Group Online

Tuesday Evenings , 7.30pm โ€“ 9.30pm

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

 

Crossing the Thresholdย 

A facilitatorโ€™s guide to running developmental and support groups

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

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.ย 

WHAT FAMILY MEMBERS SAY ABOUT FASN

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 canโ€™t โ€œjust stopโ€ taking drugs. A drug or alcohol problem isnโ€™t something to be ashamed aboutโ€”itโ€™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 โ€œjunkieโ€ ย or โ€œdruggieโ€ 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. Itโ€™s a disease that requires professional treatment.
  • Stigma causes guilt and shame and is the major component that prevents those experiencing addiction โ€” and their loved ones โ€” 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 –ย  with our support.ย 

Where to start?

Take the first step and reach out today.

Give us a call on 0429355251 / 0879046405ย 

Email: info.fasn@gmail.comย 

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โ€˜Communities Doing It

For Themselvesโ€™

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.ย 

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.ย  To learn more about what FASN are seeking….

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