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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


Alcohol and drug use affects families from every community in Scotland, but much of this harm remains hidden from view. Families feel isolated, ashamed, stigmatised and often don’t know where to turn. Scottish Families is there when they need us. All donations, no matter how small, help us carry out our work and reach more families.

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Thank you very much. That’s been helpful advice, we have not been able to find anywhere that could answer our questions. After we went to the GP who completely dismissed him and offered no solutions to his anxiety or panic attacks we were completely lost. Today I think you may have saved my sanity but could have saved his life. Take care and stay safe.

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The support that you offer families really is lifechanging. I have referred family members to your service and I am supporting their loved one. Having spoken to a mum a number of times when she has been in with her son for his appointment she says her life has completely changed with your support. I can see a huge difference. She looks well, she is happier and has a spring in her step. I don’t know what we would do without your ongoing help.


Thank you so much. I didn't know I needed you until I started talking to you. I'm so glad I did and picked up the phone.

Family Member

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