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About SFAD

Supporting families across Scotland

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs was founded in 2003 by a small group of people who wished to create a united force to help raise awareness of the difficulties they faced in their own families. Today, SFAD is the hub of a network of support groups across Scotland.

SFAD provides support to family members and friends who have been affected by the substance use of a relative or loved one. We help raise awareness of issues affecting them as well as providing information, help and support through a wide variety of resources.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a Scotland which recognises the role played by and supports the needs of families and communities affected by substance use.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support families across Scotland who are affected by alcohol and drugs use, and raise awareness of the issues affecting them.

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Meet our Board…

Meet our board members here.

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Meet our Staff…

Find out about the dedicated team behind SFAD.

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Latest News & Events

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

Our top 5 online support services

Friday 8th Feb, 2019

Our top 5 online support services

Share your thoughts and ideas of online services in our digital survey here – A lot of the time, we phone organisations when we are looking for help – that’s why helplines are still very popular. Our own Scottish Families helpline takes up 40% of our monthly contacts, but at the same time our […]

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Maggie's RIF Trip

Tuesday 29th Jan, 2019

Maggie’s RIF Trip

A few months back, myself and 10 others from the East Dunbartonshire Family Support Group spent two nights away from our families. We went to a beautiful and luxurious big house set in lovely grounds. It was a chance for us all to get away to spend time together relaxing and doing things we would […]

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Tuesday 15th Jan, 2019

Rights, Respect, Recovery – Transformational Rights for Families

Justina Murray, January 2019 The development process for the new national alcohol and drugs strategy was not always straightforward. However when Joe Fitzpatrick, the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Sport, launched ‘Rights, Respect, Recovery’ on 28 November 2018, we publicly welcomed this as introducing “transformational rights” for families. The strategy’s vision of a […]

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With a clear focus on supporting family members of a loved one with problematic substance use, we have expanded direct support to families in rural and remote areas by offering a Telehealth Programme. Families living in rural and remote locations now have access to free, confidential evidence-based interventions using telephone, email and web chat.

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