Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)

Charity information

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD)

SFAD works alongside families and communities affected by problem alcohol and drug use to tackle stigma, strengthen relationships, and build resilience to support a loved one on the recovery journey.

Founded 2003

  • Mission statement

    Our mission is to support families and communities affected by problem alcohol and drug use across Scotland.

    In 2009 the UK Drug Policy Commission released 'Families of Drug Users Report' stating there is a minimum of 134,000 adults in Scotland significantly affected by problematic drug use in their family.

    However, when considering wider networks of family, friends and colleagues the circle of concerned significant others increases to approximately 4 or 5 adults and children directly impacted by one person’s problem substance use. With 60,000 registered service users in Scotland this equates to approximately 300,000 concerned significant others affected by someone else’s problem substance use.

    SFAD understands the dedication of families and communities to support their loved ones and recognises that family members are key contributors to the recovery journey if they receive support in their own right.

    For the past 12 years SFAD has supported families and communities across Scotland by offering a national helpline, access to family support groups and delivering programmes to ensure equitable and appropriate services across Scotland.

    When family members receive support they realise they are not alone and learn how they can influence the recovery process for the whole family.

  • Aims

    Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) aims to:

    • Support families in their own right.
    • Raise awareness of the impact of problem alcohol and drug use on families and communities.
    • Develop frontline services that recognise, engage and include families and communities in recovery.
  • Overview

    Established: May 2003

    Board members: 5

    Full time staff: 11

    Part time staff: 6

    Volunteers: 10

    Phone number: 0141 221 0544

    Address: Stirling House, 226 St. Vincent Street, Glasgow G2 5RQ

    View charity accounts on the Scottish Charity Commission website
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