This toolkit has been produced by Adfam and family members affected by the co-occurring conditions of substance use disorders and mental ill-health. It is designed for practitioners who support those caring for a loved one who is having difficulties with their mental health and substance use.
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Families in Lockdown: The Effects of the COVID-19 Lockdown on the Family and Friends of Someone with an Alcohol, Drug or Gambling Problem
In April, 241 people coping with a friend or family member’s alcohol, drug or gambling problem responded to an online survey by Adfam which sought to understand how some of their usual daily challenges associated with addiction- fear, domestic abuse, isolation, loneliness and mental stress – might be being further exacerbated by COVID-19 and the lockdown measures imposed from March 2020.
The current global pandemic of the Covid-19 virus is resulting in unprecedented changes to peoples lives. Many of these changes will put an additional strain on the families of those with substance use problems, and already challenging circumstances may become even more difficult.
ISSUP Expert Days Event: Supporting the Families of Substance Users - An Interview with Vivienne Evans OBE
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Supporting a friend, partner, or family member affected by problematic alcohol or drug use can be difficult. Adfam has released a new resource to inform and providing advice on how to look after your wellbeing and as well as that of your loved ones.