Examining life of addicts’ families

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A ground-breaking research project, looking at what recovery from addiction means for the families of those with drug and alcohol problems, has been launched.

The Family Life in Recovery project - the first of its kind in the UK - is a joint report from Sheffield Hallam University’s Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice and Adfam, the national organisation working to improve support for families affected by drug and alcohol use, and is funded by Alcohol Research UK.

The project will be conducted through a series of workshops in Sheffield and London, followed by a detailed survey, to map the recovery journey of family members of addicted individuals, with the aim of gathering information from two questions:

What is the recovery journey for the family member? What is the family member’s experience of an addict’s recovery journey and its impact on them?

The lead for the project is Professor David Best, head of criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. The results of the Family Life in Recovery survey are expected to be published in the summer of 2017.