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Support with Alcohol/substance issues

Directory of services:

The Scottish Drug Services Directory has been developed to help people access contact information and details for over 200 agencies in Scotland who can help with drug and alcohol treatment and care. If youre looking for a service local to you, this is the best place to begin.You can also get information on Needle Exchange Services on this site. 




Here’s a video produced by the Scottish Recovery Consortium. Its a helpful and positive message about recovery and includes contributions from people with lived experience


Useful websites:

The Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Partnership http://www.edinburghadp.co.uk/ is committed to reducing alcohol and drug problems in Edinburgh. The website provides information about: 

 Heres an example of a website that helps you make informed decisions about your drinking:  https://www.downyourdrink.org.uk/ 


Drinkline: This is the national alcohol helpline. They provide information and selfhelp materials for callers worried about their own drinking, and support for the family and friends of people who are drinking. They are confidential, you do not have to give your name and they can provide advice on where to get help. Tel: 0300 123 1110 (Open weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm) Webchat (Drinkchat): www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/supportservices/chat-with-an-advisor  Website: www.drinkaware.co.uk/alcohol-support-services/ 


Adfam: This is a national charity for families and friends of drug users. It offers confidential support and information. www.adfam.org.uk  


Frank: Provides information and advice on drugs to anyone concerned about drugs and solvent misuse, including people misusing drugs, their families, friends and carers. Telephone: 0300 123 6600. Open 24 hours a day, every day Text: 82111 Email: Online form here: www.talktofrank.com/contact Webchat: www.talktofrank.com/contact-frank (Open 2pm-6pm every day). www.talktofrank.com 


Al-Anon Family Groups: This is a service for families and friends of alcoholics. Al-Anon family groups provide understanding, strength and hope to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. Tel: 0800 0086 811 (Open 10am-10pm, 365 days a year) Email: helpline@al-anonuk.org.uk  www.al-anonuk.org.uk 


Narcotics Anonymous UK (NAUK) This is a non-profit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. They are recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other stay clean. They have groups around the country. Helpline: 0300 999 1212 (Open 10am – midnight). www.ukna.org/  


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA): AA provides an opportunity for people to get together to solve their problems and help others to recover. Tel: 0800 9177 650   Email: help@aamail.org www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk 


Cocaine Anonymous (CA): CA is a fellowship of men and women who use the 12 step, self-help programme to stop cocaine and all other mind-altering substances. Tel: 0800 612 0225 (Open 10am – 10pm every day). Email: helpline@cauk.org.uk www.cauk.org.uk 


DrugWise: DrugWise provides information and publications on a wide range of drugrelated topics. www.drugwise.org.uk 


Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems: SHAAP aims to provide an authoritative voice on the impact of alcohol on the health of the people of Scotland and to campaign for action to reduce this harm.  www.shaap.org.uk 


Scottish Recovery Consortium: The Consortium supports, represents and connects recovery across Scotland. They achieve this by working with recovery in all its forms, from grassroots to government, from individuals to international organisations and value lived and living experience throughout. They are a small team working nationally across Scotland to develop and provide a variety of offerings including events, training, representation and community development. Scottish Recovery Consortium adopts a rights-based approach and believes in collaborative working. https://scottishrecoveryconsortium.org/ 

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