Stigma Towards People Bereaved by Drug-Related Death

Kari Dyregrov & Lillian Bruland Selseng (2021) “Nothing to mourn, He was just a drug addict” - stigma towards people bereaved by drug-related death, Addiction Research & Theory, DOI: 10.1080/16066359.2021.1912327

Drug-related deaths can result in complex emotional turmoil for family members who are going through a grieving process at the same time as often experiencing a level of stigma.

Despite the high frequency of drug-related deaths worldwide, there is a need for knowledge around how the bereaved deal with grief and the nature and the implication of stigma surrounding a drug-related death.

An Integrative Review of Measuring Caregiver Burden in Substance Use Disorder

Tyo, M. B., & McCurry, M. K. (2020). An integrative review of measuring caregiver burden in substance use disorder. Nursing Research, 69(5), 391-398.
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Background: Family caregivers contribute to engagement in treatment and adherence, reduced substance misuse and relapse, and increased well-being of recipients with substance use disorder. However, providing care has also been associated with negative emotional and physical health outcomes for caregivers.

Predictors of Burden and Resilience in Family Caregivers of Individuals With Opioid Use Disorder

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Journal of Addictions Nursing
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Family caregivers are an essential resource for individuals with opioid use disorder (OUD). Overburdened caregivers often experience detrimental effects to their emotional and physical well-being.

A randomised, double-blind study investigating the relationship between early childhood trauma and the rewarding effects of morphine

Carlyle, M, Broomby, R, Simpson, G, et al. A randomised, double-blind study investigating the relationship between early childhood trauma and the rewarding effects of morphine. Addiction Biology. 2021;e13047.
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Experiences of childhood trauma (abuse and neglect) are disproportionately higher in those with opioid use disorder (OUD).

Childhood trauma may affect the reinforcing and rewarding properties of opioid drugs and responses to pain, potentially via developmental changes to the endogenous opioid system. This has been supported by preclinical research, yet this has not been investigated in non-addicted humans.

Children's Rights in Drug Treatment Programmes Survey

Dianova International launched an online survey gathering information about how children's needs are being addressed in adult drug treatment programmes, and by identifying ways of promoting family-centred services respectful of the needs of children, and based on a child rights perspective. The survey is addressed to treatment professionals and available in English, Spanish and French. The deadline for submitting input is 15 June 2021.

Parents with drug and alcohol problems: how can commissioners and services provide the best interventions?


This is a joint Addiction Professionals and Adfam webinar. Public Health England has recently published the new guidance ‘Parents with drug and alcohol problems: guidance for adult treatment and children and family services'. This webinar will explore how to implement the guidance and how services can improve to meet the needs of parents, children and families.


Assessing the Feasibility of Providing a Family Skills Intervention, “Strong Families”, for Refugee Families Residing in Reception Centers in Serbia

El-Khani, A., Haar, K., Stojanovic, M., & Maalouf, W. (2021). Assessing the Feasibility of Providing a Family Skills Intervention,“Strong Families”, for Refugee Families Residing in Reception Centers in Serbia. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(9), 4530.


Family Support is for Men Too

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Alcohol and drug use affects the whole family, but less than 30% of people who come to Scottish Families for support for themselves are men. Talking about a problem is the first step to getting help but it can be hard to know who or what to ask when facing substance use in your family.

AFINet Virtual Conference


Addiction and the Family Network (AFINet) is holding a small-scale virtual conference on 9-10 September 2021. There will be two half-days at different times of the day, which will allow our members and others from various time zones across the world to present and discuss their current work.