We offer one-to-one support to anyone in Scotland over the age of 16 who is affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use.
We have two one-to-one support services – Telehealth and Holding On.
Our Telehealth service offers one-to-one support for anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use. Our Holding On service is for people who are living with extreme levels of anxiety, stress, exhaustion, chaos, and trauma daily, due to the high risk of drug/alcohol-related harm and death in their family.
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.
Each support session lasts around one hour and the frequency can be arranged to suit your needs. Most of our sessions are online and by phone, but if you would prefer support in other ways we can arrange this.
You will be supported by a practitioner from our Telehealth or Holding On team which includes Gill Harmon, Sarah O’Hare, and Alison Fleming. You can find out more about our team below.
How can I get in touch?
If you feel one to one support is for you, you can get in touch through our National Helpline where you will speak to one of our advisors. They can chat with you about what’s going on and can tell you more about our one to one support. If you feel one to one support is for you, the advisor will refer you to our family support team.
Chat on the live help on our website
Or fill out a form here.
What happens next?
Once our helpline advisor has referred you, a member of our family support team will contact you to find out how we can best support you.
In the first session, they will ask for some information about your situation and talk through the different ways they can offer support.
Our one to one support is normally weekly sessions, although this depends on your situation. You can decide how often you’d like us to be in touch. We also have evening appointments available if you prefer.
We focus on the CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) approach to family support. Our trained practitioners will explain and go through different topics each week such as boundaries, communication skills and self-care. If you feel CRAFT is not for you, we can look at other ways of supporting you.
The Telehealth service usually offers six to eight sessions and each session lasts an hour. Once you have completed your block of support, you are then encouraged to join our Telehealth virtual family support group to connect with other families. This group is facilitated by one of our team. If you feel you need one to one support again, no matter how many months or years after, you can get back in touch with us at any time. We offer support over the phone, video calls and the opportunity to connect with other families through our online family support group.
Our Holding On service offers a bespoke package of intensive support for the family, depending on their specific situation. Sessions are generally weekly and last around an hour per session.
Sessions might include naloxone training, CRAFT, and specific training that suits the needs of the family. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other families through our Holding On virtual family support group.
Meet the Team
Gill Harmon – Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner
Gill has been with Scottish Families since November 2018. Gill works on our Telehealth service delivering CRAFT to family members. She also works on our bereavement service setting up counselling sessions for family members. Gill has seven years of experience working in an alcohol and drug treatment service in a Local Authority. Before this Gill worked with young people experiencing homelessness, trauma and addiction.
Gill’s experience to date forms her passion for working with family members. Gill has always felt that families should have the right to their own support. As well as often being an integral part in their loved one’s recovery families have to be recognised in their own right.
Alison Flemming – Virtual Family Support Practitioner
Alison joined Scottish Families in April 2021 as a Virtual Family Support Practitioner delivering Telehealth and our Holding On project. She has five years of experience in delivering CRAFT (Community Reinforcement and Family Training).
Prior to working for Scottish Families, she established family support in South Ayrshire. She has also worked as a Project Worker for people in addiction. Alison is passionate about families and getting them support in their own right.
Sarah O’Hare – Virtual Family Support Practitioner
Sarah joined the team in July 2021 as a Virtual Family Support Practitioner, delivering both Telehealth and Holding On. Children and young people were at the heart of her previous experience, as well as working in the voluntary sector.
Sarah was a volunteer counsellor at Childline for 5 years and has supported families in a hospice setting, and school/community settings. In a previous role, she delivered an evidence-based family therapy model to young people and their families to reduce the risk of relationship breakdown and accommodation. She is passionate about improving family relationships and empowering families.