1. Introduction

WELCOME

We are excited to conduct the first nationwide survey designed to document the lives of family members of people in addiction and recovery from alcohol and other drugs. While much is known about the many costs of addiction and problematic drug use, we know very little about what happens to family members of those using or in recovery. The purpose of this study is to gather information about the experiences of family members.

 

WHO SHOULD COMPLETE THE SURVEY?

Anyone who considers themselves a family member, friend or loved one of a person who uses or is in recovery from alcohol and other drugs problems is encouraged to complete the survey. Although the term “family” is used in this survey, this is interpreted broadly to include not only partners, parents, siblings and children of people with substance use problems, but also other intimates. If substance use has affected several loved ones, please consider the relationship that has affected you the most. You are also welcome to share your past experiences of a loved one who has passed away. Additionally, if you know other people who may also be interested in sharing their experiences for this important project, please send them the survey link and encourage them to participate. Thanks for your help!

If you are not a family member, friend or loved one, but a service provider, please answer the questions that you find relevant- and, based on your expertise, please feel free to provide comments at the end if you want to share stories.

 

ABOUT THE SURVEY

Participation in this survey is voluntary and anonymous. Please note that none of the questions are compulsory. Please answer as many questions as you feel comfortable completing - some questions may be personal and intrusive to some. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason. However, all the questions are related to scientific measurements of your experiences. The survey takes about 30 minutes to complete. 

The survey remains open until 31 July, 2017.
 

NEED TO CONTACT US?

Please note that we can mail you a hard copy of the survey with a prepaid and self-addressed envelope if you prefer this. Please email your address to Dr Catrin Andersson at the email address below. 

Email us at: c.andersson@shu.ac.uk

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