Family Support Groups

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drug (SFAD)

SFAD support families across Scotland who are affected by alcohol or drugs misuse and raise awareness of the issues affecting them.

Scottish Families Telehealth Briefing

Scottish Families Telehealth is a new service for families affected by others’ alcohol and/or drugs misuse in rural or remote locations throughout Scotland.

What can the service provide?
Scottish Families Telehealth will initially provide advice and support via the telephone or skype to family members and individuals who are affected emotionally, financially, socially and possibly physically by someone else’s alcohol or drug misuse. (All family members to be 18 or over)

Family members who are motivated to engage, will complete an assessment and over 6 sessions have an opportunity to:

  • Explore and understand their situation and what they themselves can change.
  • Develop and implement coping skills and strategies to manage difficult situations and behaviours.
  • Increase their own personal choices and control over their own lives that have been affected by someone else’s behaviours.
  • Improve their relationships.
  • Improve social isolation and increase their network of support.
  • Improve general health and wellbeing.

The service will be further developed to include virtual family support via our website and utilise internet based communications.

Who can access the service?
The Scottish Families Telehealth service is aimed at family members in rural or remote locations. The Scottish Government defines the following council areas as rural (population density is below one person per hectare):

Aberdeenshire Orkney Islands
Angus Perth & Kinross
Argyll & Bute Scottish Borders
Dumfries & Galloway Shetland Islands
East Ayrshire South Ayrshire
Highland Stirling
Moray Western Isles

Family members from other council areas may be considered remote due to little or no family support services being available, mobility issues, or where transport costs may be prohibitive and preclude them from attending a family support service.

How can family members be referred to the service?
Family members can access Scottish Families Telehealth by contacting our helpline on 08080 10 10 11 where a referral can be made.



CHILDREN 1ST is working together with Home-Start NEA to reach families who are not accessing local health and education services in Banff and Buchan. We aim to improve and safeguard the well-being of vulnerable young children. We support families to build their skills and confidence so they are better able to deal with issues impacting on the well-being of their children.

We will be supporting families to:

  • cope better
  • build stronger relationships in their family
  • feel less marginalised and more included
  • make better use of local services
  • help their children have fun
  • enjoy the opportunity of new experiences
  • have happier, safer homes with happier, safer children

The team will be working out of usual office hours at times that suit families e.g. early morning, early evening, weekends.

Referrals should be sent to Children 1st, 15 Frithside Street, Fraserburgh AB43 9AR on the GIRFEC ‘Request For Service Form’. Any queries, please call 01346 512733 (Children 1st) or 01346 518930 (Home Start).

Garioch Family Support Group

Why should I come to the group?
If you are facing the problems of a relative’s drug or alcohol dependence, then why not come along to see if we can help. This small, friendly group provides confidential support for family members so that you feel more confident in dealing with situations. It gives an opportunity to talk through problems, learn more about substances and their effects and explore different ways of coping.

What happens at the group?
Two workers help to facilitate the group, organising speakers and providing relevant information; however, much of the learning and support happens among group members themselves. Various topics are covered in the meetings but the group is informal and the discussions tend to focus on issues raised that evening by group members.

When does it meet?
The group meets fortnightly on Wednesday evenings from 7.30 – 9.30, and is open to anyone living in Aberdeenshire. You can also come along at 6.45 to speak with the workers before the group starts and then decide if you want to stay on.

What other help is there?
You can e-mail us with any questions at

How can I find out more?
To find out the venue, dates and other information, please phone the Community Learning Office – 01467 641444 or leave a message for the workers on 07902 283177.

Why not take this opportunity to meet people who understand what you are going through and find new ways of coping with the problems. It can be reassuring to find that you are not alone and you would be made very welcome.

Deveron Support

Drug Dependency can take many forms…

Your family member, partner or friend may:

  • Smoke or inject substances
  • Snort or sniff substances
  • Take pills
  • Act strangely
  • Have mood swings
  • Sleep for long periods
  • Have unexplained money issuess

Try not to:

  • Panic
  • Shout
  • Criticise
  • Keep it to yourself
  • Be judgemental
  • Blame yourself

It’s not always easy to seek help…

You may feel:

  • Alone and frightened
  • Ashamed or guilty
  • Trapped

Try to:

  • Keep calm & stay positive
  • Be supportive
  • Look after yourself

You are not alone. Support is Available.

Someone to talk to, who listens and understands you. We offer confidential support and non-judgemental advice in a friendly, informal atmosphere.

We can help…

  • Mutual support from real people with first hand experience
  • Friendly and confidential advice

To find out more about the group contact us on:
T: 07762 411 332