Alyn Smith MP

Addiction Factsheet

Alyn Smith MP: Addiction Factsheet

This page seeks to give those with problematic drug usage and their families and friends information to where you are able to get help. It will first look at help and local support for individuals who are seeking help and then provide more general information and useful organisations that provide support.

If your condition is serious or life-threatening you should go to the Emergency Department at Forth Valley Royal Hospital or dial 999.

Change, Live, Grow

45 Cowane Street, Stirling. FK8 1JW

Change, Live, Grow is a charity that takes a holistic approach to substance misuse and is driven by the ethos of making a difference in people’s lives. They offer free, impartial advice as well as other services. Their website is full of useful information for those seeking help, their friends and family.

Support they offer in Stirling:

  • Needle exchange
  • Harm reduction advice
  • Take-home naloxone kits
  • Blood-bourne virus testing
  • Safe injecting equipment

Addictions Support and Counselling (ASC)

Tel: 01324 874 969

ASC are an independent charity who have been working in Forth Valley since 1975. To help people in recovery they often work in partnership with other organisations. They run Forth Valley Recovery Community which is a group committed to making recovery happen across the Forth Valley.

There are currently seven local recovery cafes that are alcohol and drug free venues where people can socialise, enjoy some home baking, cooking, holistic therapies and participate in leisure, sporting and recreational opportunities with access to 12 step fellowship and SMART meetings. You can find the list meetings here.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Local Support Services –

National Tel: 08080 10 10 11


Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs is a national charity that supports anyone concerned about someone else’s alcohol or drug use in Scotland. They give information and advice to many people and help them with confidence, communication, general wellbeing, and link them into local support.

They offer:

  • One-to-One Support
  • Group Support
  • CRAFT (Community Reinforcement Approach & Family Training)
  • Support to access Bereavement Counselling
  • Access to Naloxone

Lynne Wandrum is our Senior Family Support Development Officer in Forth Valley. We also have Family Support Development Officer Lena McMillian and Family Support Assistant Gillian McHendry.

Contact Lynne directly on 07484024407, contact Lena directly on 07341372560, and Gillian directly on 07760129286

More helpful organisations

The organisations listed can help anyone affected by alcohol with advice, counselling and support or you can find a local alcohol or drug service near you

  • We Are With You (formerly Addaction): Provides free, confidential support with alcohol or drugs via a local service or online. Webchat is available online or you can chat to someone via Tel: 0800 915 4624 (weekdays 9 am – 9pm, weekends 10 am – 4 pm)
  • Drinkline Telephone: Supports people who are worried about their own or someone else’s drinking. Tel: 0800 731 4314 (free) (weekdays 9 am – 9pm, weekends 10 am – 4 pm) Webchat function also available.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provide free self-help groups across Scotland. Its 12-step programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. National helpline number: 0800 9177650. Find online meetings
  • Breaking Free Online Evidence based programme that is now free during Covid-19 crisis.
  • Sure Recovery App The app includes an information page on Covid-19 and an option for people to record their experiences of substance use, treatment, and other aspects of their lives during Covid-19 and this period of social isolation.
  • Smart Recovery Online meetings – SMART Recovery helps individuals recover from any addictive behaviour and lead meaningful & satisfying lives; using a science-based therapeutic programme of training.
  • Many people with problems with alcohol may find other networks useful, including Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and Cocaine Anonymous (CA)
  • Find a local alcohol or drug service near you: –
  • Young Scot information for young people.
  • Scottish Fire and Rescue – safety in the home clip during COVID-19
  • NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children) – if you are concerned about the safety or well-being of a child – 0808 800 5000
  • Scottish Recovery Consortium are recovery-orientated and exist to support, represent and advocate recovery from problematic substance use in Scotland

Additional support