Support services for families

Heroin user seeking support information

Getting more informed; getting more supported

Families with a loved one who uses drugs or alcohol experience a number of negative effects on their physical and mental health wellbeing. Families are therefore encouraged to seek support for their own needs, even if their loved one is not currently in treatment.

Families find that support from others in their situation, and from organisations set up purposefully to help them, are worth knowing about. This handy collection of contact details is for when you really need it. This list is not exhaustive, but will certainly point you in the right direction

Adfam is the national umbrella organisation working to improve the quality of life for families affected by drugs and alcohol. They operate a national database of support services, showing what is available for families across the UK, as well as a wealth of online information.

Families Anonymous
Families Anonymous runs peer support groups for families across the UK, as well as a helpline (0845 1200 660) and online chatrooms.

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs
SFAD provides a helpline for families (08080 101011) and details of support services across Scotland.

Talk to Frank
Talk to Frank is a national drug education service jointly established by the Department of Health and Home Office of the British Government in 2003. It is intended to reduce the use of both legal and illegal drugs by providing targeted and accurate information on drugs and alcohol. The website also contains information for families and carers and a directory of treatment services.