Bereavement Support Service
Have you lost a loved one due to a drug-related death in the last 3 years? Would you like someone to talk to?
Scottish Families offers a FREE and confidential support service to provide you with listening and emotional support in the immediate period after the loss of your loved one and, if appropriate, we can arrange up to 6 face to face counselling sessions for you. We can also give you information about local peer support groups to meet together with people who have experienced a similar loss.
Scottish Families is aware of the lack of availability and the inconsistency of services throughout Scotland to families affected by alcohol and drugs. Families living in rural and remote areas are particularly challenged by stigma and access to support.
This ground breaking programme not only offers 1 to 1 and family support groups but also provides multiple channels of support when and where families need it most. We offer Community Reinforcement Approach and Family Training (CRAFT). CRAFT research has shown that almost 7 out of 10 people who participate in the programme positively influence their loved one to attend treatment. Support is available through the following channels via pre-booked appointments (For a printable version of our Telehealth leaflet click here):
How to access the service
Contact our Helpline 08080 101011 FREE (free from landlines and mobiles) Monday to Friday 0900-2300 hours. Outwith these times you can leave a voicemail message and you will receive a callback. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org
Training, qualifications & experience
We are the hub of a network of family support groups across Scotland and provide information and support through this website and our helpline.
We started as a grassroots organisation in 2003 when families expressed their desire to become a united force to raise awareness of the difficulties they face. We are a membership organisation. Family members account for more than two thirds of our membership. We are a company limited by guarantee and we are governed by a voluntary board of directors.
A Scotland which recognises and supports the needs of families affected by the substance misuse of a loved one and the crucial role families can play in the recovery journey. A Scotland which recognises that families need to recover too.
To support families across Scotland who are affected by alcohol and drugs misuse, and raise awareness of the issues affecting them.
Read more about what we do.
There are at least 134,000 adults in Scotland significantly affected by problematic drug use in their family (UKDPC Families of Drug Users 2009). Family members report feeling isolated, stressed, stigmatised and guilty. Clearly family members need support and services in their own right.
Member organisations *
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSCA)
COSCA is the professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Scotland, and seeks to advance all forms of counselling and psychotherapy and the use of counselling skills by promoting best practice and through the delivery of a range of sustainable services. COSCA Counsellor Accreditation is a pathway to entry onto the UKRC.
It is a requirement of all individual and organisational members of COSCA to abide by its Statement of Ethics and Code of Practice and be accountable to the Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Areas of counselling we deal with
All SFAD services are free