Support for people affected by drugs

Pharmacies, drug services and mental health services can provide support for people affected by drugs. GPs can also give advice.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there may be changes to the opening times of these services. There may also be changes to the way you access them.

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:

  • 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

The We Are With You website also has further information on drinking and drug use. You can get help if you:

Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Drug Forum provides a map of where the following services can be found across Scotland:

  • injecting equipment providers (IEPs)
  • pharmacy services
  • naloxone dispensers
  • drugs and alcohol support

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

If you are concerned about the effects of drug use in your home, and the impact this is having on you or other family members, there are organisations that can help.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs can:

  • help you understand more about substance use in the family
  • provide ways to stay safe
  • offer advice and support on how to keep others in your household well

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.

Mutual aid

Local recovery communities have recovery cafes and other activities online.

Further details of mutual aid and recovery communities can be found via the Scottish Recovery Consortium or on the Recoverist Network Twitter or Facebook pages.

Childline

Childline provides support for children and young people.

To contact Childline, phone 0800 1111. They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you’re unable to call, they have an online service where you can text with a counsellor.

Mental Health

General advice about managing your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic is available on NHS Inform.

Last updated:
06 June 2022