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


Aberdeen Recovery Star Awards 2016 was a great success!

The annual awards ceremony which acknowledges and celebrates the strides people have made in their recovery from alcohol and drugs, saw over 150 people receive an award for the milestones they have achieved over the past year.
There were some truly inspiring stories of recovery which really proved that with support, determination and bravery people can recover from alcohol and drugs.

Our talented band the ADA All-stars treated the audience to some live music, which included songs they had written and produced themselves.

ADA were once again delighted to have the support of AFC and AFC Community Trust. Neil Simpson, Head of AFC Youth Academy, kicked off the ceremony with some motivational words and even Angus the bull made an appearance. Special thanks also to Aberdeen Foyer, Police Scotland, Aberdeen City ADP, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership, NHS Grampian and AIR.

Huge congratulations to all the worthy winners!


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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 & Huntly, 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.



Upcoming ADA service information & education sessions:

Monday 5th December 2016 – Topic: NPS update run by Gillian MacLean. This session will cover the effects of  Legal Highs and current trends in light of the recent new legislation.


New Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

This act applies across the UK and came into force on 26th May 2016.

The act makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess on custodial premises (e.g. Prison), import or export psychoactive substances; that is any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. Personal possession will not be an offence under the act (except in ‘custodial settings’), but the Police will continue to confiscate any unknown powder and this may mean being taken to a Police station whilst enquiries are made.

The act excludes a number of what are described as ‘legitimate substances’ and some medical products as well as controlled drugs, which will continued to be regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The act also contains provision to exempt healthcare activities and approved scientific research.

For a full list of all these and more information on the act please visit

Also read "Legal Highs? Not as legal as you thought" regarding the recent law changes.

Stopping using some NPS suddenly can cause individuals to enter a withdrawal state which could be dangerous to their health. If you are considering stopping please seek medical advice. Support, advice and information on NPS and other substances is available from ADA through our 7 day Helpline on 01224 594700



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