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Wednesday 18th July 2012 | 12:35
Addaction press release
Addaction welcomes the report by Louise Casey that recognises the problems
of troubled families passes 'from generation to generation'
In 2011, Addaction set up a commission of experts, chaired by David Burrowes
MP, to study the impact of family-based interventions and to highlight the
wealth of benefits that can be experienced by trying to tackle
inter-generational substance misuse head-on and preventing these problems
being passed along the generations.
This report titled 'A BETTER FUTURE FOR FAMILIES: The importance of
family-based interventions in tackling substance misuse' exposes the huge
challenges faced by this country to provide a better future for families
whose lives are blighted by drug and alcohol problems.
Addaction's report supports focusing interventions on the whole family
rather than individuals as suggested by Louise Casey in her recent research.
Simon Antrobus, Chief Executive of Addaction, welcomed the report on
troubled families and said:
"This report, which looks at the most damaged and troublesome families in
the country, yet again exposes the complicated nature of the problems these
"It correctly identifies that these troubled families have multiple
problems, addiction, have suffered years of sexual abuse and violence, have
low aspirations and are unlikely to ever have had a job, living a life
completely on benefits. The report also makes clear that these problems are
generational and like a disease is being transmitted to their children.
"The report is further proof why piecemeal action by dozens of different
agencies stands little chance of working. A co-ordinated approach which
links health, social services, police and the third sector together to
target 'whole family' solutions can slowly make a difference, but we still
have are not doing this."
Addaction's report also goes onto make further recommendations as to how
family based-interventions must be improved if we are to effectively tackle
this urgent problem. Through the dedication of the government to tackle
problem families, this could be seen as an opportunity to encourage parents
with substance misuse problems into treatment and take action to break the
cycle of intergenerational substance misuse.