Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA) provides a range of services for people who use drugs and alcohol, and their families and friends. We also offer services for those in recovery from drug and alcohol use. Read more


ADA's CEO Luan Grugeon responds to the recent report:


Sadly we are aware that drug deaths across Scotland continue to rise. We know that every single death leaves families, friends and communities devastated.   

We are aware that the majority of these deaths are in people who have long term drug problems who have also other complex interrelated health problems. Many also live in isolation.   


ADA is working hard with treatment services and communities to prevent deaths.  Help is readily available. There are lots of 1-1 and groups available to help people, whatever stage of recovery they are at. We also have a growing community of people in recovery in Aberdeen who are available to provide invaluable peer support and inspiration for people at an early stage.


Naloxone, a medicine which can temporarily restore breathing in an overdose situation, is available to drug users and family members.  Last year we know that 98 of these kits were used to restore breathing in overdose situations in Aberdeen. 




ADA Service Manager Simon Pringle presenting ADA volunteers who have successfully completed a recent Naloxone train the trainer course.  This will now allow others to be trained in the administering of Naloxone to safe a life.


For training on Naloxone and issuing of these kits to anyone at risk and their family members please contact us for the next training date.


We need to get the message out there:


Don’t struggle alone, help is here and recovery is possible no matter how difficult your current situation is.


Our full list of services can be found on this website.  We have services open 7 days a week.


Our confidential helpline tel:  01224 594700  or  email: can assist you to take steps in supporting you in your recovery.  This helpline is also for family members who are looking to speak about how best to support their family member. 

ADA is here to help.







ADA service user forum which took place on Monday 26th June was a great success.  52 people participated, with two thirds being people who are using/have used ADA services.

 Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with people noting ‘I got to hear other people all in the same place that I am in’ ‘I loved the information and openness’ ; I loved the Recovery Buzz’  ‘I loved having the opportunity to thank ADA/SMART and all service users’.


Luan CEO said: ‘It was a great event, there was a real energy in the room, and genuine partnership between services and people on recovery journeys both on the day and in the planning of event. I was proud to see how far we have come with service user engagement and I know that we will continue to improve and develop services by working hand in hand with our fantastic staff, service users, volunteers and community partners.”


A full report will be produced on the event findings by the service user forum in due course.



ADA Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation in the North East

Alcohol & Drugs Action’s new initiative, the Green Light Project was officially launched on Monday 12th June 2017.

The service is available to children and young people up to the age of 25 in Aberdeen city and shire who are deemed to be at risk of some form of sexual exploitation,  either through online or in face to face to situations.                   

The Green Light Project (GLP), helps children and young people become more informed and know how to avoid sexual exploitation, and know who they can turn to should they find themselves in a risky situation. This includes educating young people on safer and smarter use of social media.

The Green Light Project (GLP), also provides training to parents and professionals to help them spot the signs and be better equipped in preventing harms to young people.

Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive at Alcohol & Drugs Action said: “we know that child sexual exploitation can lead to young people developing a whole range of problems as they grow up including problems with alcohol and drugs to cope with the trauma they have experienced.  I am really pleased that we are able to launch this project which will prevent and protect young people from being sexually exploited in the local area”

Hannah Bennett, Young Person’s worker delivering the service, commented “I am really excited to be a part of this new service. It is so important to keep raising awareness of child sexual exploitation, especially because this form of abuse can happen entirely online now. We need to make sure we are keeping up with technology and protecting young people from the risks posed by an increasingly connected and accessible world”.



Green Light Project is funded by Comic Relief.

To make a referral for a young person or to find out more about the project, contact Hannah Bennett, Young Persons Worker at ADA, on 01224 577120 or email:


Information Sessions

Our monthly information sessions are a valuable way to learn about our services, visit here for a timetable and booking options.


If you haven't already taken our alcohol quiz click here to find out your score.


Are you trying to move away from problematic drug or alcohol use? Would you like to meet others who are also making this journey? Would you like to do leisure activities on a Friday afternoon?

Then the Activities Group may be for you!

For more information, please contact:

Abby – 07525071520 or Colin – 07525071521

Drop in sessions are held every Friday between 1.15pm and 1.30pm to sign up. 

Summer Programme 2017

11th August       Swimming at Aberdeen Sports Village or Beach Leisure Centre.

* All activities subject to change – please call 01224 577120 for information on the day.


Vacancies available: Find out more about our current posts here

We are now operating open access drop-in services in South and Central Aberdeenshire for anyone concerned about their own or a loved ones use of alcohol or drugs.

We have open access hubs operating in Stonehaven, Inverurie, Banchory & Ellon, and plan to add more locations as required. In addition we can provide support to outlying communities for people who are unable to travel to a hub. For more details and access times please go here.