Families & Young People

 “In the early days of finding out our son was dabbling in drugs we really thought he would grow out of experimenting and move on with his life. How wrong we were. We wish we had sought out help a lot sooner than we did. The expert knowledge from ADA and others at the Group have helped both of us and our son in his recovery.”

"My ADA worker helped me as much as I needed it and they were fun to work with.  They helped me with anything I was worried about" - Amy, 8 years old

ADA (Alcohol & Drugs Action) has a wide range of services which aim to improve life chances for children and young people whilst also promoting recovery from drug and/or alcohol use for families. Our services are aimed at children, young people and their families (parents/carers and extended family e.g. grandparents, aunts and uncles) and offer a range of support addressing issues arising from young people’s own substance use, the impact of parental drug and alcohol use and the risks associated with sexual exploitation. We also offer advice to professionals working with families affected by drug and/or alcohol use or those working with young people at risk of sexual exploitation.

The use of drugs and alcohol can affect families in different ways. We work alongside people to build trusting relationships and to provide appropriate, accurate and honest information to help people make informed choices and decisions. We also recognize that people need different levels of support at different times and work across the spectrum with people on preventing harmful use, reducing chaotic use and helping people towards recovery, including abstinence if appropriate.

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please contact us via our helpline or by dropping in to see us at our city centre base in Aberdeen or at one of our outreach locations. During your first contact with us you will be offered an assessment of need by an experienced worker. Part of this assessment will support you to develop your own plan to help you and your family move forward. This may include:

  • Immediate support to those in crisis
  • Information, advice and interventions to reduce harm and promote recovery
  • Accurate and up-to-date advice and information on drugs and alcohol and related issues
  • Access to one-to-one and group support for children, parents and extended family members to increase confidence and to promote recovery, family skills and healthy lifestyles
  • Information, advice and support where there is risk of sexual exploitation