Where to get help

If you are worried about your own or someone else's drinking there are lots of organisations available to help.

You can find an alcohol or drug service in your local area or use the following information to get support.

We Are With You

We Are With You provides a range of support for alcohol, drugs and mental health via a local service or online. These are free and confidential services and include the following:

  • Drinkline provides advice for anyone who is worried about their own or someone else's drinking - phone 0800 731 4314, available Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Alcohol Helpline can provide advice and support if you’re over 50 and are worried about your own or someone else's drinking - book an appointment online or phone 0808 801 0750, Monday to Friday, 12pm to 8pm and Saturday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm
  • Know The Score provides support if you’ve taken drugs, are thinking of taking them, or are just curious and want to know more - use their webchat or phone 0800 587 5879, Monday to Friday, 9am to 9pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs offer advice and support if you are concerned about someone else's alcohol or drug use, or would like to understand more about substance use in the family and ways to stay safe.

Email helpline@sfad.org.uk or phone 08080 101011, Monday to Friday, 9am to 11pm (a call-back service is available on weekends).

SMART Recovery

Smart Recovery online meetings help individuals recover and help them lead meaningful and satisfying lives using science-based therapy.

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provides free self-help groups across Scotland. Its 12-step programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.

Find online meetings or phone their national helpline number 0800 9177650.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a community of people who support each other to achieve and maintain a drug-free life.

Phone 0300 999 1212, Monday to Sunday, 10am to 12am.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)

Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a group where people share their experiences with each other to help aid recovery.

Email helpline@cauk.org.uk or phone 0800 612 0225.

Scottish Recovery Consortium

Scottish Recovery Consortium supports, represents and connects recovery across Scotland.

Young Scot

Young Scot provides information for young people.

Additional support

Last updated:
13 December 2021

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