Online family peer support


Family members supporting their relatives experiencing addiction can face challenges to their well-being, safety, and family dynamics, in an environment of stigma and social isolation. Although family members provide vital support for their relative, there are significant gaps in education and support for family members themselves, with few face-to-face programs and even less in the online environment.

This program of research aims to generate evidence of the role of group-based education and support for family members, including an online peer support program, working collaboratively with Self Help Addiction Resource Centre a sector leader in lived experience work with service user and family advocacy:

Findings of the project will inform the development and expansion of BreakThrough and the online family peer support group.

If you wish to attend a BreakThrough session, or want to find out more about participating in the online support group, please go to"

Project team

Turning Point team

Dr Annette Peart, Ms Freya Horn, Professor Victoria Manning, and Professor Dan Lubman.

Project partners

Self Help Addiction Resource Centre