About Scottish Families
Supporting families across Scotland
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity which supports anyone affected by 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.
We were established in 2003 by family members themselves who came together to support each other and to campaign for recognition. Today, we are recognised as Scotland’s leading charity for families affected by alcohol and drugs.
We provide both national and local support services. Each year we support family members from all Scotland’s 32 council areas, and from all walks of life. We know there is no single ‘type’ of family affected by substance use.
We rely on support from a variety of sources including trusts, grants, local authorities, businesses, events, and individuals in order to be able to provide our services. We are grateful to everyone who supports us financially. You can find out more about how we are funded here.
We have a number of local and national Family Support Services. Our national Family Support Services are Helpline, Bereavement Support, one-to-one Telehealth Support and Holding On. Our Local Family Support Services include one-to-one and group support in Aberdeenshire, East Dunbartonshire, Forth Valley, Fife, and Inverclyde. We also deliver workforce development through our training courses, communications and campaigning work, our Routes young person’s programme, and wider community development including our Connecting Families programme.
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.