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It is important to realise that you are not responsible for your loved one's alcohol or drugs misuse. Read more »
Take the time to help yourself and you will be in a better postion to help your loved one. Read more »
Simple advice for dealing with things such as imprisonment of a loved one, violence and conflict. Read more »
Stigma has serious repercussions. There are things we can all do to overcome it. Read more »


Talking to your loved one can be a great support to them. Being well informed can make the conversation easier. Read more »
Treatment can help your relative come of alcohol or drugs. You can play a part in helping them through this challenging time. Read more »
Harm reduction services aim to reduce alcohol and drug-related deaths and the spread of blood borne viruses. Read more »
After treatment comes recovery. This can be a long process. Family and peer support can be vital. Read more »


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Featured News

Scottish Government - Tackling problem drug use

Posted: 29-01-2016

New group to build on success of Road to Recovery strategy

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A week into Dry January...

Posted: 06-01-2016

Whilst many embark on a Dry January to detox from the excess that has become synonymous with the festive period many others use this time to gather stock, recover from the uncertainties that are associated with supporting addiction and find comfort and support for themselves when supporting a loved one who has an alcohol problem.

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Minimum Unit Pricing Decision

Posted: 23-12-2015

The European Court of Justice today ruled that minimum unit pricing can be used provided it is more effective than taxation.

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Latest News

Report: Drink Wise Age Well – Alcohol Use and the over 50s in the UK

Posted: 27-01-2016

This report by Drink Wise, Age Well – Alcohol Use and the over 50s in the UK – is based on initial study findings from the Substance Misuse and Ageing Research Team at University of Bedfordshire and compiled by the International Longevity Centre UK.

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A simple (ish) guide to the Psychoactive Substances Bill

Posted: 15-01-2016

This guide has been prepared by Drug Watch to explain the Psychoactive Substances Bill which is expected to become law in April 2016.

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Alcohol Bill

Posted: 13-01-2016

The Alcohol (Public health & Criminal Justice) (Scotland) Bill was introduced in April 2015 by Richard Simpson MSP. 

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Giving Tuesday - 01 December 2015

Posted: 01-12-2015

#GivingTuesday (1st December in 2015) is a global day of giving. After the sales of Black Friday and the online shopping boom on Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday is an opportunity to come together to show the world why it’s good to give. Whether it’s making a donation, volunteering your time or just spreading the word at the start of the Christmas shopping season, #GivingTuesday is a call to action for everyone who wants to give something back.

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Alcohol Awareness Week

Posted: 16-11-2015

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs will mark this year’s alcohol  awareness week by featuring an alcohol briefing each day to help explore the impact of alcohol on health and society. 

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Alcohol’s impact on emergency services

Posted: 26-10-2015

Alcohol places a significant and unnecessary strain on emergency services
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Drug-Related Hospital Statistics Scotland 2014/15

Posted: 14-10-2015

This publication reports on hospital stays in relation to a drug misuse diagnosis and the patients admitted to hospital for such treatment. 

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