Humanitarian & Health
The nonprofit social-services organization works with homeless, runaway, and trafficked youth across six countries to provide them with shelter an...
DrugFAM was founded by Elizabeth Burton-Phillips in 2006 after the death of one of her twin sons, Nick, from heroin addiction two years earlier. Moved by her own harrowing loss, Burton-Phillips published a book detailing her experience and established DrugFAM to provide other families, friends, and partners with the support and resources to which she herself did not have access. DrugFAM has been recognized internationally for its efforts to support individuals through the painful and often isolating experience of losing or watching a loved one suffer from addiction.
The organization's core programs fit into three categories: addressing active addiction, bereavement support, and providing education and awareness. The active addiction program assists friends, families, and partners in coping with their loved one's current struggles with substance abuse; the bereavement program employs a team of specialists trained to help individuals navigate the complex emotions surrounding loss due to addiction; and the education and awareness program partners with schools, prisons, and local communities to increase understanding of the multifaceted effects of substance abuse. Over the years, DrugFAM has become one of the most respected charities in the United Kingdom for the support of families affected by addiction.
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