The Family Addiction Support Network are delighted to announce the launch of the book ‘Crossing the Threshold – A facilitator’s guide to running developmental and support groups’.   This took place on the 30th September 2020 at 10am in The Hub, Lois Dubh, Armagh Road, Dundalk. The book is the result of a long standing collaboration between the Family Addiction Support Network and Ger Fitzpatrick of Fusion Training and Development.  The Minister of State with Responsibility for Public Health, Wellbeing and the National Drugs Strategy Frank Feighan TD,  graciously agreed to launch the book and the Auxiliary Bishop of Armagh Father Michael Router, who is  Patron of the Family Addiction Support Network, also conducted a presentation.

Gwen McKenna –  FASN Support Specialist, Minister for the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan, Senator Frances Black, Maura Callan – FASN Facilitator 

However due to Covid restrictions this was a virtual event.

The launch of this training manual follows on the successful publishing of Research commissioned by the Family Addiction Support Network ‘Findings from a study on how families are affected by substance misuse in the North East Region of Ireland’ which was launched in May 2019 by the then Minister for Drugs Catherine Byrne TD.

FASN having produced this book in association with Ger Fitzpatrick Fusion Training and Development, look forward to the roll-out of the Manual/Guide as part of the core training undertaken by the peer led facilitators.  We believe that it will become an essential tool for facilitators and will support the application of quality standards and best practice to the services delivered within FASN.

The facilitators who work in a voluntary capacity are the anchor of the service and undertake an ongoing programme of education, supervision, support and positive self-care and along with their own individual experience of living with addiction within the family provide an informed and compassionate experience for distressed family members who attend the support groups throughout the region.

While FASN is a registered charity, established in 2002 and became the first group to be partially funded by the then newly formed North East Regional Drug Task Force, it has grown exponentially and unfortunately funding hasn’t kept pace with this growth in service provision. The service needs immediate core funding to secure ongoing delivery of the supports.

FASN delivers support across the four counties of Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. Our office and therapeutic centre is based in The Community Centre, Lios Dubh, Dundalk, Co Louth. A91 T688

To date FASN provides the following services,

  • 24/7 Out of Hours Telephone Helpline
  • 1-1 Support
  • Peer Group Support
  • Access to Counselling
  • Access to Respite
  • Educational Programme
  • Drugs Intimidation Reporting Programme

These services are provided through a continuum of care model.

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

Phone Numbers: 0429355251/0879046405

Email Address:

The Minister of State with responsibility for Public Health, Well Being and the National Drugs Strategy, Frank Feighan TD said he was delighted to launch Crossing the Threshold – A facilitator’s guide to running developmental and support groups” on behalf of the Family Addiction Support Network.  

l‘I strongly believe that families of drug users need to have appropriate, accessible, and timely services available to help them cope with the problems they are facing. It is important that we get the message out there that help is available. A number of key actions in the National Drugs Strategy are focused on strengthening services to support families affected by substance misuse.’

lHe added ‘it is important that we get the message out there that help is available.  I am aware that Family Addiction Support Groups around the country including Dundalk, are aiding people who are often unaware that there is any help at all.  We must all play our part in ensuring that families know where to come for help.’


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