Do you support an adult family member with an alcohol or drug problem?

Posted on: Thursday, 02 October 2014

Volunteers Wanted for a Research Study

We would like to invite you to participate in a study that explores the experiences and needs of Family Members, who support an adult friend or family member with a drug or alcohol problem.

Problematic substance use is common in adults in Australia, and often the burden of care in supporting these adults can fall to a key family member. This in turn can contribute to difficulties for the key family member, including:

  • Health issues (including high levels of stress, anxiety and depression)
  • Social loss (a disrupted family life, social stigma)
  • Financial loss (may need to work less, or put own life on hold to support the affected family member). 

Little is known about the impact on key family members. While information and advice is available on the internet, the information does not appear to adequately meet the needs of key family members.

We’d like to know more about your experiences of support giving. We hope that this project will offer valuable insights into the unique experiences of key family members; increase awareness of obstacles or gaps in information encountered when accessing services; and provide guidance for future developments in equipping key family members with better support, advice and information.

Participation in the study will involve filling out an online survey, and some participants may be invited to take part in an interview at a time and location convenient to you.

More information

To complete the survey, or find out more, visit

Or contact Mollie Flood on 03 8413 8509 or