Drugs & Alcohol Advice

VOCAL - Family Support Addictions


Family Support Addictions

The VOCAL Family Support Addictions service provides support and information to parents, friends, partners and other family members living in Edinburgh and Midlothian who are affected by someone else’s drinking and drug use.

Feelings of isolation often happen when faced with a loved one’s drink or drug problem. We can often keep the ‘problem’ to ourselves, and find ourselves cut off from friends and family. At Family Support Addictions we want to support you to reduce or alleviate such feelings. We offer one-to-one support, where you can speak in confidence, perhaps for the first time outside the family.


Family Support Addictions offer regular support groups, SMART Recovery Family & Friends meetings, weekly Recovery Hub surgeries and addiction courses to parents, friends, partners and other family members living in Edinburgh who are affected by someone else’s drinking and drug use.

Contact the Family Support Addictions (Edinburgh) team:

Phone: 0131 622 6666      Email: fsa@vocal.org.uk

North West Edinburgh - Tel: 0131 469 5044

ELCA (Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol)

A range of free services for people over the age of 18 living in the Lothians – advice and information, drop-in services, 1to1 counselling and telephone support for adults who are worried about their own drinking or the drinking of a family member, partner or friend.

Tel: 0131 337 8188

Email: MWalker@elcaalcohol.co.uk 

CGL (Change Grow Live) previously known as Lifeline/NEDAC

For people affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol and drug use. It brings together council, NHS and voluntary sector services and treatment for people trying to cope with and overcome problems caused or affected by alcohol and drugs.

Patients can self refer by phoning 0131 469 5044 (9.00am to 4.30pm)


Al-Anon UK

Given the recent outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19) we wanted to reassure you that Al-Anon Family Groups is still available to provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. Whilst we do have a contingency plan in place there may be times when the Helpline is covered by a limited number of volunteers so please bear with us while we try to answer your call. We suggest anyone wishing to attend a meeting calls the Helpline to request a group contact.

Al-Anon Family Groups provides group support to people affected by someone else’s drinking.

National Helpline for support: 0800 0086 811


Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Email: help@aamail.org

Telephone: 0800 917 7650

Website: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Talk to Frank

If you have a problem with drugs Talk to Frank for friendly, confidential drugs advice.

Email: frank@talktofrank.com

Telephone: 0300 123 6600

Text: 82111

Website: www.talktofrank.com


If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence.

Telephone: 0300 123 1110

Drinkaware Online Tools & Apps

Online trackers and apps from Drinkaware to help you avoid harm from alcohol.

Download from: www.drinkaware.co.uk

One You Drinks Tracker: Mobile App

Drinking a bit too much can sneak up on you. Our free drinks tracker app makes it easy to keep an eye on the booze and take control with daily tips and feedback.

Download from: play.google.com

Download from: itunes.apple.com

One You Days Off: Mobile App

The One You Days Off app is a simple and easy way to track the days you drink alcohol and the days you don’t.

Download from: play.google.com

Download from: itunes.apple.com