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Challenging stigma: new Adfam report

1 Nov 2012

Adfam has today launched Challenging stigma: tackling the prejudice experienced by the families of drug and alcohol users.

This new report looks at drug and alcohol-related stigma through the eyes of the family – not just parents, but partners, children and siblings too. They can all be abandoned by friends, isolated by workmates and even cut off by other family members.

The report aims to improve awareness and understanding of how stigma affects families and drive forward both the availability of support for them, and their confidence in coming forward knowing they will not be judged.

Vivienne Evans OBE, Adfam’s Chief Executive, commented:

“Anyone with first-hand experience of drug and alcohol misuse will understand the devastating impact it has on families. No other health problem faces the level of prejudice encountered by the families we support. It is time we buried our old assumptions and started to be more accepting and open to family members who come forward for support.

“The best way to combat stigma is for families to speak up, realise they are not alone and reach out to local support often offered by families in the same position as they are.”

You can read the report online here.

Please feel free to email policy@adfam.org.uk with any thoughts on this new work.