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We encourage everyone to share their personal stories of their experiences with alcohol and drugs including families, friends, people in recovery and if you are a person who works in the alcohol or drugs field. You can do this by sending us a blog and we will publish it on our website for others to read and see.

Telling your story can help both yourself and the people who read it to understand and to find comfort if they are going through a similar thing.  We will use your story to raise awareness through our website and social media platforms.  These stories will be kept anonymous, however, if you would like to be more involved with sharing your story through other outlets, please leave your contact details when you message us.

It’s easy to share your story on our website – email us at info@sfad.org.uk.

Walking the Kiltwalk with #TeamSFAD

I’d heard of the Kiltwalk but never thought I could walk the distance. However, last year someone suggested I could. With only 4 weeks left to go, I signed up! One of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. I dragged everyone and anyone out for a walk – before work, after work, […]

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Gill and our Telehealth Support Service

Gill and our Telehealth Support Service

I’m Gill and I’m fairly new to Scottish Families yet I feel like I have been here much longer. It is an exciting time as we have three new staff members joining the team. It means I will already be passing on the title of the new girl. But I have never written a blog […]

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Our staff's self-care routines

Our staff’s self-care routines

Self-care has become a bit of a buzzword recently, but that’s a good thing. We should be focusing more on ourselves, our emotions and our wellbeing. Working at Scottish Families means the team is supporting families and friends and encouraging them to spend more time for themselves, taking a break and taking a step back […]

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Our top 5 online support services

Our top 5 online support services

Share your thoughts and ideas of online services in our digital survey here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/QS6LW2K 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

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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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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For years I thought nobody knew my daughter was using drugs

For years I thought nobody knew my daughter was using drugs. She was addicted to Heroin for 4 years before I found out and I was doing a great job in keeping her safe how would other people know. Little did I know that everybody in our village knew. When Karen started to use Valium […]

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Recovery Stories – Derek

Hi my name is Derek, I first started taking drugs at the age of 12 year old back in my hometown Dundee, I started experimenting with drugs like solvents, cannabis, alcohol and ecstasy in my teenage years before quickly progressing on to drugs like diazepam and temazepam, before eventually being introduced to heroin around the […]

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