Call for carers affected by someone's drug or alcohol use or recovery to take part in ground-breaking survey

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The Families Living with Addiction and Recovery Survey is the first nationwide survey which will document the lives of carers and family members of people in addiction and recovery from alcohol and other drugs and there is still time left to take part.


It is part of the Family Life in Recovery project, a joint study between Adfam, the national charity working to improve life for families affected by drug and alcohol use and Sheffield Hallam University. It is funded by Alcohol Research UK.

Project lead Professor David Best, Head of Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University, said: "Much is known about the economic and social costs of addiction and problematic drug use, but we know very little about what happens to family members of those using or in recovery, and how they manage their own wellbeing through this incredibly stressful and challenging process. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of family members, and to help, support and encourage others faced with the same challenges.”

He continued: "The survey will explore what people can do to look after themselves and to support the person in recovery, which is particularly pertinent at a time of personalised budgets and reductions in specialist care and support. The results of the survey will help identify which services are urgently needed, whilst also giving a voice to a disempowered population."

You can take the survey at It takes about 30 minutes and is completely anonymous. The survey closes on Monday 31st July 2017.

To learn more about the Family Life in Recovery project and the survey visit





Last modified on Wednesday, 19 July 2017 09:41