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Frances Black

The RISE Foundation / Impact Programme

Alumni 2010

The RISE Foundation / Impact Programme
James Nolan
Dara Hogan

Singer Frances Black set up The RISE Foundation in 2008 to assist families with loved ones in addiction to understand the impact of addiction and the profound effects it has on relationships. RISE provides a range of weekly or residential programmes of support for families.

The Challenge

It is estimated that one in ten people in Ireland are alcoholic, and that for every alcoholic there are four to six people (including children) profoundly impacted by the addiction. Family members who have a loved one in addiction have higher than average rates of anxiety, depression, stress related cancer, migraines, heart problems, domestic violence and physical and emotional abuse.

The Idea

Singer Frances Black set up The RISE Foundation in 2008 to assist families with loved ones in addiction to understand the impact of addiction and the profound effects it has on relationships. The idea came to her after she spoke out about her own recovery from addiction, which generated a huge reaction around the country. She was inundated with people looking for help for family members. This subject was so close to her heart, Frances went back to college to study to become an addiction counsellor.

The RISE Foundation runs eight week family programmes (lectures and therapeutic group work) which they plan to roll out across the country, as well as five day residential programmes for families. They are also developing a dedicated Addiction Education and Awareness Centre on Rathlin Island in Northern Ireland.

The Impact

By supporting families in this way, Frances aims to break the cycle of addiction by freeing families from the heartache and the stigma of a loved one in addiction and to rediscover relationships in families 'lost' to addiction.

I want to change the way people view addiction and to reduce the shame and stigma associated with addiction.

Frances Black

Frances Black, Impact Award, 2010

Frances Black RISE provides support for families who are affected by addiction

RISELaunching RISE Week

RISEThe view from Rathlin Island


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