A decade of Breaking the Cycle and changing lives

On Thursday 19 March, the UK drug and alcohol misuse charity Addaction launched a unique long-term research study into families supported by its innovative Breaking the Cycle programme. The follow-up study’s findings will be presented at the Breaking the Cycle 2015 Conference at Citifaith Church, Swindon.

Breaking the Cycle (BtC) – Addaction’s programme to reduce intergenerational substance misuse – has been changing lives for a decade this year.

Unique in the landscape of recovery in 2005, BtC’s aim was simple: to support service users and their families in reducing the harms associated with parental substance misuse by promoting health and development and positive family functioning.

The Breaking the Cycle: Follow-up Study, funded and developed by Addaction and Zurich Community Trust, followed a range of service users and their families to establish the impact on their lives after leaving the programme. The findings demonstrate the significant societal and economic impacts of BtC’s innovative approach with all participants reporting that it had led to significant impact on at least some, if not all, of the issues with which they first presented.

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True stories

Click on the buttons below to read case studies from the BtC front line...  and watch Tom's 8th birthday video for a reminder of the need for the programme.