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Press Release: Support the Family – Improve the Outcome!

 
The Family Addiction Support Network was delighted to launch the report on its recently commissioned research “A study on how families are affected by substance misuse in the North East Region of Ireland “on the 14th May 2019 at 9.30am at the Carnbeg Hotel, Armagh Road, Dundalk.
 
The report was launched by Minister for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy, Catherine Byrne TD and was attended by local representatives and other service providers from both the Statutory and Community and Voluntary Sector and many of the Families severely impacted by the addiction of a loved one.
 
 
A key backdrop to the study is the National Drug Strategy, Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery, which for the first-time included families as service users in their own right. The interface between changes in social policy and families has a long and chequered history in Ireland.
 
This study is the first to look at the inter-face within the context of adult family members affected by substance mis-use in the North East Region of Ireland. It is also driven by the narrative of families, valued as “experts by experience” and gives voice to the chaos, trauma and distress visited on families impacted by addiction of a family member.
 
Going forward the key findings of this study will hopefully help formulate changes in service provision and practice that will improve the opportunities for families to engage meaningfully with their own recovery and wellbeing.
 
Launching the report, Minister Byrne said;
 
“This report serves to improve awareness and understanding of how substance misuse can affect family members and where they can go for help and support in their local community.
 
The Family Addiction Support Network plays an important role in supporting families in the North East, and I commend them for their work in this area and for commissioning this important research.”
 
 
If anyone would like to contact the Family Addiction Support Network, details below:
 
Phone Numbers: 0429355251/0879046405
 
Email Address: info.fasn@gmail.com
 
 
 
Background information
 
The Family Addiction Support Network aims to assist families in the North East of Ireland achieve a greater understanding of the impact of addiction, help them improve their quality of life and help them fulfil a positive role in the recovery of their loved one, should they choose to take it.
 
We are dedicated to developing, supporting and reinforcing the work of peer family support groups. By operating from strong community development principles we actively promote the inclusion, participation and empowerment of our members. We represent the collective voice of families to raise awareness of associated problems of substance misuse and work for positive change in policy and practice for family members affected by addictive behaviour.
 
Aims
 
1. To provide services to Families to improve their quality of life.
2. To provide a quality service through best practice.
3. To network with Family Support Groups and Agencies locally, regionally and nationally.
 
 
Objectives
 
The principle objectives of the FASN are:
 
•Provision of services to families affected by a loved one’s addiction to promote and protect health and wellbeing
•Develop and build the capacity of the Family Addiction Support Network
•To network with Family Support Groups, establish contacts, form partnerships and provide an Annual Service of Commemoration
•Support and development of Family Support Peer Led Groups
 
Staffing
 
The network at present has one part-time voluntary Project Coordinator, one part time Family Support Coordinator and a part time administrator C.E. Scheme,(currently awaiting a new placement) based in the The Hub, Lios Dubh, Dundalk, Co. Louth. These members carry out the work outlined in the plan with the support of volunteers and management committee.

FASN Press Release: Report Launch: How Families Are Affected By Substance Misuse

The Family Addiction Support Network is delighted to launch the report on its recently commissioned research “Findings from a study on how families are affected by substance misuse in the North East Region of Ireland “ on the 14th May 2019 at 9.30am at the Carnbeg Hotel, Armagh Road, Dundalk.

The report will be launched by Catherine Byrne TD, Minister of State at the Department of Health with responsibility for Health Promotion and the National Drugs Strategy. The launch will also be attended by local representatives and other service providers from the statutory, community and voluntary sector and many of the families severely impacted by the addiction of a loved one.

A key backdrop to the study is the

National Drug Strategy – Reducing Harm, Supporting Recovery

which for the first-time included families as service users in their own right.

The interface between changes in social policy and families has a long and chequered history in Ireland. This study is the first to look at the inter-face within the context of adult family members affected by substance mis-use in the North East Region of Ireland.

It is also driven by the narrative of families, valued as “experts by experience” and gives a voice to the chaos, trauma and distress visited on families impacted by addiction of a family member.

Going forward the key findings of this study will hopefully help formulate changes in service provision and practice that will improve the opportunities for families to engage meaningfully with their own recovery and wellbeing.

If anyone would like to contact the Family Addiction Support Network, details below:

Phone Numbers: 0429355251/0879046405
Email Address: info.fasn@gmail.com

 

The Family Addiction Support Network would like to thank all those who took part in their recent research project around the needs of families living with addiction in the North East and would like to invite you to the launch of the report.

This is a very important piece of research as it will improve awareness and understanding of how substance misuse affects family members, help guide the provision of services within the FASN organisation and help influence policies at local, regional and national levels on family support issues.

Most importantly it gives families a “voice” – without your input it would never have happened.

 

 

Our Mission:

To assist families in the North East of Ireland to achieve a greater understanding of addiction, empower them to improve their quality of life and fulfil a positive role in the recovery of their loved one, should they choose to take it.

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.

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 Member, Dundalk Support Group

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 Member, Cavan Support Group

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 Member, Cavan Support Group

WHAT IS FAMILY SUPPORT?

Family Support can be offered on a one-to-one basis or in a group setting. The model of family support that the Network advocates is peer family support. This is where a number of people with a common problem in our case living with drug use, come together to share their experiences.

What does a Family Support Group do?

A Family Support Group is a safe, confidential, non-judgemental place for family members to discuss issues emerging from the problem of drug or alcohol use within the family. From the shared experiences of the group, members may find useful strategies for coping with their particular problem. More importantly the support group is more than just having a group of friends. It is about respecting each other’s right to speak and to let go of the worries and stresses they have as a result of drug or alcohol use in the family.

OUR FAMILY SUPPORT GROUPS FOR ALL THOSE LIVING WITH SUBSTANCE MISUSE

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

Upcoming Events

26th February 2019

International Family Drug Support Day

Information/awareness event at their premises for Tuesday 26th February 2019

14th February 2019

FASN Quiz Night 

Feeling brainy? Come along to our quiz night on 14.02.19 and support FASN. Lots of prizes to be won. 

19th December 2018

FASN Volunteer Group Facilitator Opportunity 

 
The Family Addiction Support Network are seeking a: Volunteer Group Facilitator to facilitate weekly group meetings. 

10th December 2018

FASN Pop Up Shop

Location: Longwalk Shopping Center, Dundalk

16th November 2018

Annual Commemoration Service 2018

Location: Lios Dubh, Armagh Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Wednesday, 22nd August 2018

Fun Raising Fund Raising Auction

Location: Lios Dubh Centre, Armagh Road, Dundalk, A91 T668

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