Merry Christmas & Peaceful New Year

December 19th, 2014

We wish all the members of our family support groups a very Happy Christmas and and peaceful new year. This is our favourite poem for you by our favourite poet John O’Donoghue

A New Year Blessing

On the day when
The weight deadens
On your shoulders
And you stumble,
May the clay dance
to balance you.

And when your eyes
Freeze behind
the grey window
And the ghost of loss
Gets onto you,
May a flock of colours,
Indigo, red, green
And azure blue,
Come to awaken in you
A meadow of delight.

When the canvas frays
In the currach of thought
And a stain of ocean
Blackens beneath you,
May there come across the waters
A path of yellow moonlight
To bring you safely home.

May the nourishment of the earth be yours,
May the clarity of light be yours,
May the fluency of the ocean be yours,
May the protection of the ancestors be yours.

And so may a slow
Wind work these words
Of love around you,
An invisible cloak
To mind your life

From your friends

Launch of new Family Information & Support Handbook

January 31st, 2013

The SER Family Support Network has developed a new Family Information & Support Handbook,
It includes sections on,
How the Problem of drug use in family affects Parents & Families
Facing Drug Use in the Family
Different Ways of Coping in the family
Drug Inforamtion
Understanding addcction and recovery
What Can a Family Do
It also deals with issues such as
Health, Grantparent issue, Guardianship, Breavement, Intimidation and many other issues that can help family menbers trying to cope with drug use in the family
The handbook will be promoted as part of a our Peer Family Support programme
The Handbook will be formally launched by Minister of State, Alex White on Tuesday 19th of February, in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow @ 11am
Family Members welcome

Annual Workshop/conference

October 1st, 2012

We invite all family support group members to take time out to come to our annual workshops/conference on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th of November. This is an opportunity to take time out to relax in a lovely setting and learn new sills with family members from other groups. To attend please contact Breda at 051 312010 or email serfsn@gmail.com

Service of Commemoration and Hope 2012

January 31st, 2012

The twelfth Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope will be held in Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean MacDermott Street on Wednesday1st February 2011. The purpose of the Service is to provide a special place for families and communities to mark their grief for family members who have died through drug use and/or related causes.

Congratulations to our Facilitators on completing Mediation Training

November 1st, 2011

We would like to congratulate those of our Facilitators who recently completed the training and accreditation process in Basic Family Mediation.  We look forward to being able to introduce mediation as part of our support for family members.

Annual Workshop/Conference 2011 – 19th & 20th November

November 1st, 2011

After the success of last year’s conference, the network has decided to avail again of the excellent facilities at the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross.  The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Positive Health and Wellbeing’.  We would like to remind our members to book their place as early as possible.

7 Stages Video: Families Seeking Support in Coping with Heroin Use

May 17th, 2011

Very interesting video looking at the experiences of families seeking support in coping with heroin use. 

http://www.drugs.ie/multimedia/video/the_experiences_of_families_seeking_support_in_coping_with_heroin_use

Gorey Family Support Group

January 31st, 2011

Family members living with drug use now have a Peer Family Support Group in Gorey. By coming together to help each other and share experience, by talking about their own situation and by listening to the stories of others, family members gain strenght,comfort, support and find a way forward. To attend or find out more about the group please contact us at 051 312010 or 087 9351774.

Service of Commemoration and Hope

January 31st, 2011

The 12th Annual Service of Commemoration and Hope, In Remembrance of those who have died from Drug Use and Related Causes. This years service is “Reclaiming Family Through Rebabilitation ” takes place on
Tuesday 1st February 2011 at 7.30pm
Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Sean McDermot Street Dublin 11

Family Support Network Research into Debt-related intimidation of drug users and their families

January 13th, 2011

This is a very interesting articled based on the National Family Support Network’s reserach into debt-related intimidation of drug users and their families.  It was published in the online ‘Drugnet Ireland’ magazine in early 2010.

http://www.drugsandalcohol.ie/13031/