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Adfam National claims to be the only national umbrella organisation working specifically with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol.

For Families:  Find information, local support groups and helplines for anyone affected by someone else’s substance use.

For those living close to a dependent drug/alcohol user, trying to find help can be frustrating. It often seems that support is geared towards the user when families struggle through problems too. Adfam believes that families need and deserve support in their own right. You may find the following helpful:

  • A local family support service. There aren’t enough support services around the country yet but the number is growing. See the find a family support group page on the website to see what’s available in your area.
  • Sometimes families just want someone to talk to, and there are helplines for this. Some local services also operate their own telephone support services.
  • Different people need different services, and no two families are the same. If you have other needs relating to domestic violence or relationship support if your family member is in prison or if you have been bereaved by drug use, see how other useful organisations can help.
  • Whilst Adfam’s focus is on supporting families in their own right, many people’s first reaction is to try and find help on behalf of their loved ones. You can look for treatment services on Public Health England’s directory of residential rehabs, DrugScope’s ‘Where to get help page‘ or FRANK’s treatment database.

See the website for telephone helplines, support groups and more information.

Contact Details

020 3817 9410 (this is not a helpline)



Adfam, 2nd floor, 120 Cromer Street, London WC1H 8BS

Other Info

Opening times:
Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

Disabled Access:

10 minutes walking from Kings Cross Station. Buses: 30, 73, 91, 205 and 390.

Other information:
Offers training workshops and packages for family members, friends and professionals.

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