Adfam has published a practitioner's guide to supporting family members of people with drug or alcohol addictions. 'Making It Happen' brings together Adfam’s experience in family support, in consultation with family members, practitioners and commissioners around the country in a best practice guide aimed at commissioners and service managers.

This document provides guidance for commissioners on how to ensure the needs of families affected by drugs and alcohol are met, and builds on the ‘Why Invest’ resource produced by Adfam in 2015 which makes the case for investment in family support. Some of the headlines are repeated at the beginning of this guide but readers are encouraged to access Why Invest for further details.

This guidance focuses on the provision of services for adult family members. Services for children affected by drug or alcohol use deserve a separate focus and will be considered outside this guidance.

Read the Guide