Family Ties \u2013 services can gain much from sticking together With everyone feeling so cash strapped at the moment, it\u2019s good to hear about genuinely effective working partnerships (cover story, page 8). Adfam\u2019s conference brought together representatives from all areas of family support \u2013 not just those working directly in drug and alcohol treatment, but professionals with expertise in parenting, child poverty, schools and prisons.They looked at issues from family members\u2019 perspectives, and shared knowledge and expertise. We may be looking across a very uncertain commissioning landscape but it\u2019s good to see a commitment to collaboration that gives essential services the best chance of overriding tough times. On the subject of family support, Kate Halliday from SMMGP (page 20) and Sarah Brighton from Swanswell (page 21) believe the family doctor is in a unique position to provide drug and alcohol treatment alongside regular healthcare, while on page 12, Hannah Shead gives a working example of incorporating mothers with small children into the treatment model. Adfam chief executive Vivienne Evans talks about how family services are coming under increasing threat in the current political climate (profile, page 18), but how worried should we be about changes ahead for the entire drug and alcohol field? Read Marcus Roberts\u2019 Soapbox and let us know what you think. Read the Magazine: Virtual Magazine Version |\u00a0PDF Version Magazine Features NEWS FOCUS The government\u2019s alcohol strategy is finally with us. DDN assesses the reactions. FAMILY BUSINESS The importance of supporting families and parents was a sentiment echoed by speakers from all areas of family support at Adfam\u2019s conference, as DDN reports. BABY BONDING BOON A mother-and-baby rehab can prove a positive experience for clients and staff alike, explains House\u2019s Hannah Shead. FRONTLINE CREW Jeremy Adderley reports from the inaugural Crew Substance Use Symposium. DUAL DYNAMISM Kim Johnson describes how Helping Groups to Grow is tackling the problems faced by people with dual diagnosis. FAMILY FAVOURITE Adfam chief executive Vivienne Evans talks to David Gilliver about the challenges facing family support in a world of tight budgets and political change. TREATMENT HUB Ignore primary care based drug and alcohol treatment at your peril, says Kate Halliday. RECOVERY IN PRACTICE Putting people in charge of their recovery and actively.