News and Blogs — 2021

Latest news and blogs from Scottish Families

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Seven Elements of Positive Communication (Talking With Your Loved One)

Seven Elements of Positive Communication (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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Walk Scotland's Kiltwalk For Scottish Families This September!

Walk Scotland’s Kiltwalk For Scottish Families This September!

How does your support make a difference to families in Scotland? £13 could pay for an hour of staff support for our helpline, which receives around 200 contacts per month. £18 could pay for a session of one to one support, giving families a place to speak and be heard. £40 could pay for an […]

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Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Overdose Awareness Day 2021

Today is International Overdose Awareness Day and Scottish Families are taking the time to highlight that naloxone saves lives. Below you can find out more about our online click and deliver naloxone service from our own Suzanne. You can hear about the tragic loss one family member has gone through and why she won’t stop […]

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Overdose Awareness Day 2021 - with thanks to Caroline

Overdose Awareness Day 2021 – with thanks to Caroline

From Caroline Kevin was born on the 13th of December 1972 and he was just a lovely baby. There weren’t any problems to worry about and he continued to grow into a happy and contented toddler. At the age of 4, he entered nursery school and settled down enjoying the interaction with his friends. Around […]

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Episode 4 of Life with Alcohol and Drugs is now live!

Episode 4 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 talk about the alcohol marketing survey which was carried about by the Scottish Families Alcohol Action Group at the beginning of 2021. Members of the group join us to discuss the findings of the recent survey […]

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Reflections on the Drug-Related Death Figures from a Family Member

Reflections on the Drug-Related Death Figures from a Family Member

The 30th July 2021! A day of great significance for our family…our son’s first night in his own new home! But we are painfully aware of its significance too for so many families across Scotland who have lost their loved ones to addiction this year, every life now symbolic of the loss of hope and […]

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Rising Alcohol Deaths Reflect Lockdown Pressures on Families

Rising Alcohol Deaths Reflect Lockdown Pressures on Families

The announcement today that a further 1,190 people in Scotland have died through alcohol-specific causes in 2020 reflects another year of heartbreak for families affected by alcohol harm. Sadly these figures come as little surprise to Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs, with our national Helpline trends around alcohol during the COVID pandemic showing […]

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Beverly's Review of 'Another Round'

Beverly’s Review of ‘Another Round’

Our volunteer Beverly has kindly written a short piece about the Danish film ‘Another Round’  Like many people, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with alcohol. I like to think I am a responsible drinker, I’ve been tipsy but I have also been embarrassingly drunk – more than once. I’ve woken up with […]

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Families Holding On To Hope As Drug Death Toll Continues 

Families Holding On To Hope As Drug Death Toll Continues 

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) is marking the release of the 2020 Drug Death Statistics on 30 July 2021 by sharing the stories of three family members who are desperately trying to keep their loved ones alive, against the odds. Rose, Abbie and Imogen [names changed] are all supported by Scottish […]

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The Family Recovery College 2021 - Now Enrolling!

The Family Recovery College 2021 – Now Enrolling!

The Family Recovery College offers a free informal 12-week online course, Understanding Substance Use and Holding on to Hope, for anyone living in Scotland concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. We will support you to build knowledge, skills, and confidence to support yourself and your loved one. The 2021 Family Recovery Course starts Tuesday […]

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