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About Scottish Families

Supporting families across Scotland

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. We give information and advice to many people and help them with confidence, communication, general wellbeing, and we link them into local support. We also help people recognise and understand the importance of looking after themselves.

When we say family, we mean who you see as your family. It could be close and extended family members, friends, your friend’s family, colleagues, neighbours, anyone.

We were created in 2003 by families themselves who came together to support each other and campaign for recognition. We’ve grown a lot since then!

We support people through our helpline, bereavement support service, Telehealth (one-to-one support), and our family support services in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire, and Forth Valley. We also deliver workforce development through our training courses, communications and campaigning work, our young person’s project ‘Routes’ in East and West Dunbartonshire, and wider community development including our Connecting Families programme.

We have our own call to action in our strategic plan 2017-20 ‘It’s All Relativeand we work to five main outcomes:

  • Families are supported
  • Families are included
  • Families are recognised
  • Families are connected to communities
  • Families are a movement for change

Meet our Staff…

Find out about the dedicated team behind Scottish Families.

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Latest News & Events

Here you will find all the latest informative and entertaining news from the organisation.

Episode 6 of Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now live!

Thursday 14th Oct, 2021

Episode 6 of Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now live!

The next episode of our podcast series Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now available! In this episode, we are joined with George Charlton from George Charlton Training & Consultancy Services. We’re here to talk about positive communication, a module in the programme CRAFT. CRAFT is Community Reinforcement and Family Training and is an evidence-based […]

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Avoiding Communication Traps (Talking With Your Loved One)

Monday 11th Oct, 2021

Avoiding Communication Traps (Talking With Your Loved One)

At Scottish Families, we use a programme called CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) in our Support Services. We believe it gives the best possible outcomes for anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. It teaches the best ways to make small but powerful changes in your life. CRAFT helps you to think […]

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Family Support Around the World: Iran

Thursday 23rd Sep, 2021

Family Support Around the World: Iran

A series of blogs about families and substance use by our Policy and Research Assistant, Rebecca McColl. In July 2021, researchers Azam Pilevari and Mohammed Zahedi Asl published an article regarding the effectiveness of The Congress 60 Treatment Method (DOI). Congress 60 (C60) is an independent organisation based in Iran and works to reduce substance […]

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Telehealth is our free 1:1 support service where support is given over the phone, through email, FaceTime or NHS Attend Anywhere. Telehealth sessions are typically an hour a week, and we offer up to 6 sessions. Telehealth can support you if you live in rural or remote locations, can’t travel far, cannot get childcare, or do not live near a support group or service. The quickest way to get in touch with us about Telehealth is through our helpline.

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