Support for people affected by addiction

If you would like some support with anything relating to alcohol, drugs, smoking or gambling, there are a number of resources below which can help to tackle all types of addiction.

Alcohol and drug use support

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)

Access a directory of local drug and alcohol services collated by SFAD.

Change Grow Live

Change Grow Live offers support to those who need help with their alcohol and/or drug use. You can visit them in person at one of the Change Grow Live locations or call 0808 196 2188

They also have a list of helpful websites and apps for information and support.

We Are With You

We Are With You website offers a range of advice, online support and help finding a service.

Talk in confidence with a trained member of We Are With You staff online by clicking on their ‘talk to us online’ tab on the main page.

Forth Valley Recovery Community

Forth Valley Recovery Community provide a range of support, including meetings and activities. 

Drug use support

The Scottish Drug Services Directory

Find drug support services in your local area. 

Crew 2000

Crew offers support and a number of services relating to drug use and sexual health.

WEDINOS drug-checking

Use WEDINOS to find out what's in your drugs. WEDINOS is a postal drug-checking service which is safe and easy to use. 

More information about what drug checking is and how it works can be found on the Crew 2000 website.


If you, or those you know, use opiates or opioids (including prescription opioids used to treat pain), it can be lifesaving to carry naloxone.

Access take-home naloxone through SFAD.

You can also find out more about overdose prevention and naloxone in this e-learning course by Scottish Drugs Forum.

How naloxone reverses an opioid overdose

Alcohol support

NHS Inform

NHS Inform provide information about where to get help for your own or someone else’s drinking and has a map of relevant services.

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Find local alcohol services with Alcohol Focus Scotland's interactive map. 

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems

Scottish Health Action on Alcohol Problems has a list of useful links which provides more information about alcohol use and support.

Support to stop smoking

If you would like information about stopping smoking, you can visit these websites: 

Gambling support

If you need information and support about gambling, you can find help at: 

Support and guidance if you are affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use

If you are concerned about a friend or family member's drug use, visit Scottish Families Affected by Drugs and Alcohol for information and support.

It can be difficult to talk about someone’s drinking and/or drug use. People often feel shame and stigma about using drugs or alcohol and may prefer to keep their use, or the extent of their use, a secret. It is important to talk to your friends or family about their alcohol or drug use if it is causing challenges in their life, but there are some ways you can do it which might make them feel less ashamed and more likely to open up.

Language matters

Language matters when talking about people who use drugs or alcohol, as they can often be stigmatised and discriminated against and language plays an important part in this. Language frames how people who use drugs or alcohol are thought about and seen by others. There are some resources which can help with how to talk about drug or alcohol use.

Here are some resources that provide information about appropriate language and suggested terms: