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
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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.


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