Press Release Forth Valley

9th April 2014

Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs (Scottish Families) is one of four national organisations commissioned by the Scottish Government to deliver its drug and alcohol strategies, “The Road to Recovery” and “Changing Scotland’s Relationship with Alcohol”. Scottish Families remit is to ensure families are given adequate and appropriate support as they too need to recover.

Scottish Families offers support and guidance to Alcohol and Drug Partnerships (ADPs) and other service providers.

Scottish Families Forth Valley services commenced on the 1st April 2014 following the successful award of a tender by Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP). Scottish Families will develop, deliver and maintain a range of family support services across Stirling, Falkirk and Clackmannanshire. These will be tailored to address the needs of individual families and family support groups. Scottish Families will work in close partnership with the wealth of existing support services in the Forth Valley area to ensure a wide range of coordinated and dovetailed family support services that will raise the profile of support for families affected by alcohol and drugs.

The roles of the Family Support Development Officer and Family Support Worker in Forth Valley will help raise awareness of the issues faced by families and support families in their own right. Scottish Families sees first hand some of the problems families face such as anxiety, stigma, an unrecognised caring role and financial difficulties. Families need support to develop coping strategies in order to have a positive role in the recovery process and these new posts will assist families to cope with the impact of someone else’s substance misuse and offer advocacy support and evidence based interventions.

These new posts are supported and welcomed by the Forth Valley Alcohol and Drug Partnership.

Scottish Families is delighted to be to be working in partnership with Forth Valley ADP. The increase in services as a result of this partnership will provide much needed support for families affected by alcohol and drugs and recognises the important role they have in a loved one’s recovery.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said:

“When I was Deputy Justice Minister I attended and arranged support for the first ever national meeting of groups across Scotland supporting families and members affected by substance misuse. This led to the creation of the national support organisation Scottish Families affected by Drugs. The organisation has extended its support to those with alcohol problems as well.”

“Having worked as a consultant Psychiatrist in Addictions I know how important it is to provide support to help people in recovery. So I am delighted to see that Scottish Families affected by Alcohol and Drugs will now be working with other services in Forth Valley to provide more support.”

Contact details for the Forth Valley service are:

Helpline   08080 101011