National Advisory Committee on Drugs and Alcohol

The NACDA was established in response to the drug problem to assist in our continued need to improve our knowledge and understanding of problem drug use.

The goal of the NACDA is to advise the Government on problem drug use in Ireland in relation to prevalence, prevention consequences and treatment based on our analysis and interpretation of research findings.

The Role of Family Support Services in Drug Prevention


The Role of Family Support Services in Drug Prevention
Authors: Niall Watters and Duane Byrne
Unique Perspectives
Published: November 2004
Pages: 50
File Size: 479KB
Format: PDF

Executive Summary

The family is generally considered one of the most important locations of socialisation, and therefore of influences, for its members and especially children. This emphasis on the family is evident in a raft of developments at policy level in Ireland over recent years. In tandem, there has been a welcome and ongoing increase in services that aim to support the family, more often referred to as family support services (FSS). The concept of ‘family support’ is generally understood as the provision of services and interventions that support families in carrying out their ‘functions’. Such services often concern counselling, guidance and advice.
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