Adfam was founded in 1984 by the parent of a heroin addict who could not find the support needed. This is the pattern in which many support groups
have been founded.
Over the past 30 years, and with the help of a generous grant from the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation in 2009, Adfam has evolved from a small support group into an established charity with national status and recognition. They are now the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use.
Adfam is the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drugs and alcohol.
Adfam is a registered charity (Charity No. 1067428, Company No. 3328628
), a member of the Small Charities Coalition
and a proud affiliate of Drug and Alcohol Findings
Adfam wants anyone affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use to have the chance to benefit from healthy relationships, be part of a loving and supportive family and enjoy mental and physical wellbeing.
Drug and alcohol use can threaten and ultimately destroy family relationships and wellbeing. Adfam empowers
family members and carers, support
frontline workers and influence
decision-makers to stop this happening.
What they value
Adfam listen to families and frontline workers
Adfam knows that people who face challenges often also have answers. So what they do is informed by supporters: using compassion and evidence they inform, support and empower both people affected by a loved one’s substance misuse and the workers who support them. Adfam builds skills, resources, confidence and pathways so both groups can help themselves, their peers, clients and communities.
Adfam is driven by what works
The impact of substance use on family relationships and wellbeing is both profound and varied. They approach work with care and close attention to what works in the real world. To do this they embrace evidence in all its diversity, never underestimating the value of real-life experience as well as formal research evidence. The work is driven by friends, supporters and colleagues and what they tell us works.
Adfam is serious about their mission
Adfam is serious about work, and partnerships, and committed to delivering them to the highest quality. Adfam knows that prejudice and stigma are barriers to recovery and cause harm, and they promise to treat individuals and families affected by drugs and alcohol with respect and dignity. Adfam wants to see a society free from stigma towards drug and alcohol users and their families, and will fight until it exists.