Addiction affects millions of people in the UK, from all backgrounds and walks of life. It has a devastating impact on all - including families and children. Action on Addiction help support families to recover from addiction and move forward with their lives - together.
It is estimated that many young people are living with an adult in the grip of an addiction: prescription drugs, alcohol, substance misuse and gambling are just some of the many addictions families are grappling with right now. Growing up in this environment can have a devastating impact.
Our Moving Parents and Children Together (M-PACT) programme is delivering fantastic results up and down the country and it is now one of the longest standing interventions for parental substance misuse in the UK. M-PACT continues to be a unique and innovative programme which puts children at its heart.
“The YouGov poll we commissioned for Addiction Awareness Week in June 2019 showed that well over half (63%) of the British public know someone who has an addiction. 70% of those surveyed said that more should be done to help families affected by this life-stopping condition. ”
For many families recovering from addiction, re-building relationships, and bonding with children is a dream and a far off reality. Hear how Melissa and her family benefited from M-PACT - a unique programme for families and children.
Melissa and her daughters attended M-PACT sessions and said it was the best decision she has ever made. Speaking to our team she said: "8 weeks ago I made the hard decision to take my girls on this course. I thought it would be hard for us all but it actually turned out to be the best decision. We have laughed and cried and met amazing families. I couldn't thank this little group enough - especially the four people who run the group. The difference in my girls is unreal. They now know me inside and out and they told me I'm kind, caring and loving and I'm their mum. The bond I have with my kids now is priceless all thanks to this course. Reach out - because the support is there. I did and I would never look back".