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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…

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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.

Wednesday 9th May, 2018

Scottish Families & FASS are holding a joint-workshop at drug-related deaths conference

Scottish Drugs Forum are hosting a conference on drug-related deaths in August which will mark International Overdose Awareness Day. The conference ‘Working Together to Prevent Drug-related Deaths’ will explore how preventing drug-related deaths should be everyone’s responsibility and how it is possible to work in partnership to avoid loss of lives. Scottish Families Affected by […]

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Thursday 3rd May, 2018

A Learning Alliance in Canada – Drug use within the family

The Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR) in Canada has funded the Families and Substances Use Treatment project to identify and conduct research on family and caregiver-centered approaches to treatment and support for drug problems. Together, we will emphasize research and knowledge translation activities aimed at reducing stigma and inequalities for those with drug […]

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Tuesday 1st May, 2018

Minimum Unit Pricing – Family Response

Scottish Families fully welcomes the implementation of this landmark policy today; we believe this is a step in the right direction in changing Scotland’s relationship with alcohol. The evidence behind the policy tells us that Minimum Unit Pricing will reduce the disproportionately high levels of alcohol-related harm that impacts individuals, families and whole communities on […]

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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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