Inverclyde Family Support Service
We offer support to anyone in Inverclyde over the age of 16 who is affected by someone else’s drug or alcohol use.
To find out about support available in Inverclyde contact 01475 302816 or firstname.lastname@example.org or call our National Helpline on 08080 10 10 11
We also take referrals from all external agencies – make a referral here.
What We Offer
Support comes in a range of different sizes. In Inverclyde, we offer:
- One-to-One Support
- Group Support
- CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)
- Access to Naloxone
- Support to Access Bereavement Counselling
We can offer you one-to-one support if you would like to speak to someone confidentially about someone you are concerned about.
We 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, and looking after yourself.
Each support session lasts around one hour and the frequency can be arranged to suit your needs. We travel across Inverclyde and frequently uses rooms in libraries, community centres and treatment services to meet with family members or support can be arranged via phone or video calls (Zoom etc).
In Inverclyde, we currently offer one 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’re currently experiencing and focus on ideas and solutions to find a way forward.
If you want to talk to someone before attending, you can email email@example.com or call 01475 302816.
Dates and times for our group can be found here.
(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 we can deliver either 1:1 or in group settings.
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, you can visit our Take Home Naloxone page to order a kit.
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.
Our Inverclyde Family Support Team:
Rachel Taylor – Inverclyde Family Support Development Officer
Rachel joined us in 2023 from Employability, where she supported individuals from a variety of backgrounds to overcome barriers and live the life they wanted. She really enjoys building positive relationships with people, supporting, and empowering them to achieve and live the life they want. She is passionate about change and ensuring family members are involved in these processes and wants to ensure that support is provided to help family members through whatever situation they may find themselves in.
Eve Lyall – Inverclyde Family Support Assistant
Eve was a volunteer helpline advisor with us before joining our team. Her voluntary experience with Scottish Families let her appreciate the value of providing recognition to individuals who may feel that their perspectives and struggles are often overlooked. Eve has also worked in social care as a mental health support worker, supporting individuals to live independently within their local community.
Eve holds the firm belief that families of those with drug and alcohol issues should feel visible, supported, and empowered in feeling best able to support both their loved ones and themselves as individuals.