Families Against Narcotics (FAN) is a community-based organization for those seeking recovery, those in recovery, family members affected by addiction, and community supporters, organizers explained. FAN members seek to change the face of addiction, dispel the stigma of addiction, and educate the community, as well as those affected by addiction.
The group began in Macomb County and has now grown into an organization with chapters across Michigan.
The mission of the group is to offer community-based, compassionate, best-practice/evidence-based services to people who have been affected by addiction-including individuals with substance abuse disorders (SUD) and their families to help erase the stigma of addiction while instilling compassion and hope, the organization website explained.
An integral part of that mission to remove the stigma associated with addiction includes education while informing the community of the growing problem of substance dependency or addiction among all ages, along with information about the increasing use of heroin by young people.
FAN also provides education through professional and guest speakers.
FAN creates a support network for those affected by addiction so no family or individual need suffer alone, according to the organization website.