Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of NIDA, answers common questions about drugs, addiction, where to find more information about the health effects of different types of drugs and where to get help.


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Aprendamos cómo hablar del tema del consumo de drogas con mis hijos.

Itzel Alvarado

Interesante la entrevista con la Dra Moreno. Destaco dos conceptos fundamentales que mencionó, que se entrelazan y explican la importante dinámica desde el punto de vista de prevención del consumo adolescente. 

Treatnet Family Therapy Feasibility Study in Vietnam

Following the successful feasibility study in Indonesia on family therapy for youths with drug use disorders, Vietnam is the second country that rolls out a similar study as a way to offer more evidence-based, effective treatment alternative for drug use disorders.

The study was smoothly kicked start with a training for treatment practitioners who later provide support to youths and families with drug use disorders.  Unfortunately, when the research team started with the recruitment of patients and their families, they met with a big hurdle: the Covid 19 pandemic was seriously effecting Vietnam at that time and the Prime Minister’s social distancing order was strictly put in place.  The recruitment of patients and their families for the study was put to a standstill.  The team had to quickly put together a plan to develop a leaflet about family therapy and a radio program which is broadcasted bi-weekly to advocate for the program and to generate public interest in the program.

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Whitney Ence, PhD, BCBA-D, Associate Clinical Professor, UCSF


What: Below is a list of strategies aimed at helping children manage “stay at home” orders. These are meant to be a menu of ideas that may be helpful.


Adfam's Covid-19 Top Tips

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. 

Adfam is a national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs or alcohol and, in response to the current public health crisis, they have brought together advice and guidance for families during the lockdown.

Adfam's 10 Top Tips if you're staying at home

Adfam's 6 Ideas for Mental and Emotional Wellbeing

Adfam Survey: How has Covid-19 impacted families affected by substance use internationally?

The Policy and Communications team at Adfam have asked us to relay this call-out to ISSUP members and the international DDR community...

Adfam is a UK-based charity that improves life for families affected by someone else’s substance use.

We’ve heard through our frontline projects, findings from an online survey, activity on our online family forum and statements from partner organisations that Covid-19 is resulting in a number of additional challenges for families in the UK that are affected in this way. These challenges are complex and multifaceted and include:

  • An increase in domestic abuse, evidenced by a 50% rise in calls to the UK’s national domestic abuse helpline.
  • Negative impacts on the mental health of family members, as well as strong feelings of anxiety.
  • Families suffering disruption to their daily routines and coping mechanisms that they previously used to cope with their loved one’s substance use or problem gambling.
  • Families experiencing increased pressure from their loved one whom they are living with under lockdown and difficulty in maintaining boundaries. 
  • Increased risk of catching the virus for families that are living with their loved one who is not following the lockdown and exposing themselves to possible infection.

These are some of the issues we’ve seen in the UK but what about across the rest of the world?

We are interested to hear how Covid-19 has impacted upon families affected by substance use internationally, as well as the challenges facing services that exist to support these families.

If you are, or work with anyone affected in this way, we would like to hear from you. Please get in touch and let us know what the current situation is in your country.

Email admin [at] adfam [dot] org [dot] uk or Tweet @AdfamUK.

Thank you.

For more information about Adfam see the interview ISSUP held in April 2020 with Adfam Chief Executive Vivienne Evans OBE.


Supporting the Families of Substance Users: An Interview with Vivienne Evans OBE

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United Kingdom

Register for the next webinar in the ISSUP Expert days series:

ISSUP Expert Days

Please join us on Friday 24th of April at 2pm (GMT) for an interview with Vivienne Evans OBE, ISSUP Board member and Chief Executive of Adfam - the UK’s national umbrella organisation for children and families affected by substance misuse. Adfam’s mission is to empower family members and carers, supporting frontline workers and influencing decision-makers to stop drug and alcohol use from threatening and ultimately destroying family relationships and wellbeing.

Recent research published by Adfam revealed that almost 1 in 3 adults in the UK have been negatively affected by the substance use of someone they know, including family members. Many families suffer in silence without access to adequate support. The harms can range from mental health problems, abuse, relationship difficulties, financial strain and isolation to many other forms of stigma.

What ways can you inform your practice to improve outcomes for families? How should you approach the provision of ongoing support for children affected by parental substance misuse? How can providers ensure families are given the necessary opportunities to recover and thrive? What strategies can you use to help families overcome stigma and find the confidence to access the support they need?

Vivienne will be helping participants to navigate these questions and more. You will learn how to offer effective support to enable families to improve their health and wellbeing, stay in work, participate in society and build and maintain positive relationships.

About Vivienne

Vivienne Evans OBE is the Chief Executive of Adfam and has extensive background experience in drug and alcohol education, prevention and working with young people. She is a former member of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) and chaired its working group on the implementation of Hidden Harm.  She also chaired the Drug Sector Skills Consortium, funded by the Department of Health, from 2012 until its conclusion in 2015. For more information about ADFAM and its work with families and professionals, visit:

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Desde la neurociencia, Lucía no solo explica las adicciones y por qué, aun sabiendo que son perjudiciales para nosotros, caemos en ellas.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

Co-hosted by Boston University and Harvard Schools of Public Health, Centers of Excellence in MCH, this webinar discussed the complex challenges and best practices for care of pregnant and parenting people with substance use disorder – especially after pregnancy and throughout the life course.

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

El abanico de sustancias adictivas se amplía continuamente y parte de la estrategia para superar las adicciones es entender el efecto que pueden tener en el organismo.

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Videoconferencia Familia y alcoholismo


Ponente Dr. Edén Sánchez


30 de octubre del 2019

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Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

In this webinar, information specialist Meg Brunner, MLIS, talked about common barriers to finding valid science-based information online and recommended some best practices and tools for locating, vetting, and applying statistics, research, and other information related to substance use disorder

Toolkit for Children on Parental Addiction

When a family member struggles with addiction, the whole family struggles. Children often think it’s their fault; they feel shame, embarrassment, guilt, and loneliness; they may feel invisible. It takes special effort to start important conversations and answer children’s questions. But parents, teachers, caregivers, and other caring adults can comfort children and guide them through difficult moments. With love and support, the family can cope with the challenges of addiction together.

Resilient Families: Communication Cultivates Adaptability Within Family Systems

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Recovery for families involves positive stress management, coping with change, and the availability of support. We will examine how learning to cope with manageable stress is critical to developing resilience. Communication and community collaboration will be highlighted as essential to family members building skills, creating biological resistance to adversity, and experiencing resilient outcomes. Communication performances of bonding, bridging, and linking will be detailed as critical to family members’ cultivation of stability, finding a rhythm in family life with confidence to manage change. Throughout the webinar, participants will be asked to build upon ideas for family-practitioner-community collaboration to enhance resilience among families.

Learning Objectives
  • Identify the impacts of social connections on one’s ability to positively manage stress.
  • Identify how communication is directly linked to adaptability and building resilience in family systems.
  • Construct links between his or her own communities and new methods for encouraging resilient outcomes and performing recovery support for families.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 @ 3-4:30pm ET (2CT/1MT/12PT)

Jose Luis Vazquez Martinez

This video features the 10-Element Framework: Elements of System Linkages, developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW) to help States, Tribal, and local communities overcome barriers and identify strategies to facilitate effective partnership between mental heal

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La Dra. Silvia Morales Chainé, Coordinadora de Centros de Atención de la UNAM, nos acompañó en el programa "Drogas...¿lo sabes todo?" para platicarnos de los que pasa cuando los amigos consumen drogas.