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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.

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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Kiltwalk Story

When Christina walked into her Scottish Families support group on a Monday morning, she didn’t expect to be asked, ‘would you like to walk 23 miles with us?’ Christina said: “I knew about the Kiltwalk but I never dreamed I would take part. It wasn’t easy, but every step was worth it. I would definitely […]

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Lynne Wandrum Forth Valley Family Support Development Officer

I started with SFAD in November 2017, stealing the “New Girl” Title from Justina. I plan on clinging onto it for as long as I can and many of my sentences begin or end with … I’m not sure about that, because I’m new … suppose that might wear a bit thin soon … but […]

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Emily – A Volunteers Story

I was first attracted to volunteer with SFAD due to the nature of the work; helping individuals through an experience which I have personal experience with. Further, it was an excellent opportunity to gain practical experience related to the master course I wish to apply for. However, since starting volunteering for SFAD in July, I […]

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