QAAD: Quaker Action on Alcohol and Drugs

Support for Local and Area Meetings

QAADNET meetings are open to all Friends, including those personally affected by their own or a close other’s substance or gambling harms and those wishing to deepen their understanding of the issues.  Meetings have a theme and usually a speaker, offering support and insight.  Meetings are held once or twice a year, often in direct response to the interests and concerns of participants.

We cover a wide range of subjects and reflect the personal, voluntary and professional concerns of those who attend.  These include: spiritual upholding; counselling; criminal justice; housing/homelessness; personal experience of dependency in self or close others; residential treatment; medical settings; day-care; employment/training; education; working with young Friends – and young Friends themselves.

The most recent QAADNET was held online on Saturday 30th April. For details and to view recordings of the opening talks from all our online events, please visit our Events page.

We are keen to facilitate further meetings, online or in  person when circumstances allow.  If you are interested in discussing the possibility of holding a QAADNET meeting for your Area or Local Meeting, please contact our Director, Alison Mather.

QAAD has produced the following document of helpful approaches which close others may find helpful: Info for close others

This article, published in the Friend (2015), gives an insight into the character of a QAADNET meeting: