Online Resources

Family Life in Recovery project: Sheffield Hallam University and Alcohol Research consulted nationwide with family members of people in addiction and recovery from alcohol and other drugs. The report is available here.

It documents the impact on family members so as to improve national policy and maintain funding to specialist organisations such as Some Space that family members can turn to for information, understanding and support. We participated in focus groups for the survey about the impact on families.

AdFam: Information, advice and support for families affected by drugs and alcohol. Links to groups in your area, current projects and research, etc.

BEAD project: A project by AdFam and Cruse, the bereavement charity, supporting people bereaved through alcohol and drugs. Support groups, information, weekly informal social support via phone with trained volunteers.

NACOA National Association of Children of Alcoholics: Provides information, advice and support for everyone (adults, children, young people) affected by a parent's drinking currently or in the past. Helpline: 0800 358 3456. Links to local groups.

SMART Family and Friends: Information and weekly online meetings (Monday, 7.30pm – 9.00pm) for those affected by a loved one’s addictive behaviour. You can find the meeting room link in the ‘Family and Friends (Concerned Significant Others)’ Specialised Groups Forum.

There is also an online forum where Family and Friends can chat, ask and respond to questions, share experiences, etc. You need to register a free account with SMART to access meetings and the forum.

The Icarus Trust: Supports people who are dealing with a loved one's addiction. They can put you in touch with 'Family Friends' who are experienced trained volunteers. E-mail:

The Alcohol and Families Alliance: Adfam and Alcohol Concern are working in partnership to lead an Alliance of organisations with an interest in the issues surrounding children and families affected by the use of alcohol. The AFA is a forum and resource for forging consensus, influencing policy, and bringing an informed voice to driving change for these families.

National Helpline (0300 888 3853): Also, Family support groups, in active addiction and through bereavement, in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Peterborough.

AA and NA Groups for Families

Nar-Anon: Supports anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drug use, regardless of whether that person is still using or not.

Al-Anon: Supports anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. Local meetings at Tufnell Park, Fitzrovia, Swiss Cottage, Hampstead, Angel Islington, etc.

Al-Ateen: Part of Al-Anon, for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Helpline 020 7403 0888. For Alateen meetings, phone 020 7593 2070.

CODA – Co-Dependents Anonymous: Informal self-help groups for people with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives. Uses an adapted version of theAA (Alcoholics Anonymous) Twelve Steps as a central part of its suggested programme of recovery. Local groups in Hampstead, Islington, Victoria, Chelsea, Chiswick, Clapham, E. Finchley, Walthamstow, online, as well as nationwide.

Families Anonymous: a worldwide fellowship of family members and friends affected by another’s abuse of mind-altering substances, or related behavioural problems.


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