Manchester Metropolitan University

23 May –25 May 2018

Drugs, Alcohol and Families Conference 2018

Drugs, Alcohol, Women, & Families (DAWF) 2018 was created by Sharon Greenwood, Sarah Fox and Joyce Nicholson, three PhD students professionally committed to helping improve the lives of women and families affected by their own, or someone else’s substance use.

The theme for this conference came about after meeting at various substance use related conferences. At more general conferences on addiction and substance use, there tends to be a heteronormative, ‘male centric’ focus, where a ‘substance user’ often refers to a male person. Whilst these studies and discussions at events are typically well orchestrated, interesting and thought-provoking, it is important to note that there is also room for making the ‘invisible’ groups in these areas – such as women and families – visible. This conference creates space for researchers and practitioners to share these common interests to come together, and discuss good practice.


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