East Dunbartonshire Family Support Service

We offer support to anyone in East Dunbartonshire over the age of 16 who is affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use. This could be a direct family member, or even a friend or a colleague who is using substances.  

Colin McIntosh is the Family Support Development Officer for East Dunbartonshire, contact Colin directly on 07487675621, email: colin@sfad.org.uk or call our National Helpline on 08080 10 10 11

Connect with our East Dunbartonshire service today:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/colinm1174

We also take referrals from all external agencies – make a referral here.

What We Offer

Support comes in a range of different sizes. In East Dunbartonshire, we offer:

  • One-to-One Support
  • Group Support
  • CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)
  • Support to access Bereavement Counselling
  • Access to Naloxone

One-to-One Support

We can offer you one-to-one support if you would like to speak to someone, confidentially, about a loved one you have concerns about.

Colin will offer you time and space to explore the issues affecting you, let you express your thoughts and feelings, and help you to come up with ideas and solutions to move forward. Common topics include improving communication, setting boundaries with your loved one, and looking after yourself.

Each support session lasts around one hour and the frequency can be arranged to suit your needs.

Group Support

In East Dunbartonshire, we currently offer a weekly Family Support Meeting.

This is a facilitated mutual-aid support group, where family members are invited to share with each other any difficulties they are currently experiencing, and focus on ideas and solutions to find a way forward.

For information about our current meeting schedule get in touch or visit us on social media:

Email: colin@sfad.org.uk

Twitter: https://twitter.com/colinm1174

CRAFT

(Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)

At Scottish Families, we love using a programme called CRAFT.

CRAFT is a set of 7 structured sessions and is a solution-focused, skills-based programme with a strong evidence base. It involves role-plays to help you practice new skills and has small assignments and tasks which you will be asked to do away from the sessions.

If you would like to learn more about the CRAFT principles, this is something Colin can deliver either 1:1 or in group settings.

Support to Access Bereavement Counselling

If you have lost someone who used alcohol or drugs, our bereavement service is here to support you. We can chat and offer some advice and information. We also can put you in touch with an accredited counsellor who is local to you. Our service is free and is available across Scotland.

To discuss this further, contact Colin on 07487675621 or call our National Helpline today on 08080 10 10 11

Access to Naloxone

Naloxone is a drug that can reverse the effects of opioid drugs like heroin, methadone, opium, codeine, morphine and buprenorphine. It is only effective for opioid overdoses and won’t work with any other drug.

We are now able to provide naloxone direct to anyone living in Scotland who is over the age of 16 through our ‘Click & Deliver’ take-home naloxone service

Contact Colin on 07487675621 to discuss this further, or visit our Take Home Naloxone page to order a kit.

Who We Are

Colin McIntosh - East Dunbartonshire Family Support Development Officer at Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Colin McIntosh is the Family Support Development Officer for East Dunbartonshire.

Colin joined Scottish Families in March 2019. Prior to this Colin has worked in the recovery /rehabilitation field for nearly 8 years including 5 years with SAMH and as National Co-ordinator, Scotland with SMART recovery UK. He continues to have a role as Volunteer Regional Coordinator for East Dunbartonshire with SMART. Colin is a trained CRAFT practitioner.

Colin’s role at Scottish Families is to promote and develop the support that is available in East Dunbartonshire, supporting family members at support groups, drop-ins, and one-to-ones.

Colin enjoys the challenge of supporting families and loved ones so that they may challenge and change their behaviours that are proving to be harmful.

For any enquiries about our East Dunbartonshire Support Service, contact Colin via email colin@sfad.org.uk, call him directly on 07487675621, or follow Colin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/colinm1174

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