“Great support available to get your life back on the right road and guidance to all the help you can get. Very valuable.”
Alcohol and Drugs Action (ADA) provides services to those who use alcohol on its own or with other drugs. We also have specific services for those who use opiates, cocaine, new psychoactive substances (legal highs), performance and image enhancing drugs (PIEDs) and prescription/over-the-counter medicine.
Recent figures estimate that over 40% of people living in Aberdeen drink above the recommended weekly limits and as many as 10,000 people in Aberdeen are struggling to control their drinking.
Drinking above the recommended limits puts you at increased risk of developing physical and mental health problems in the long term. Our Alcohol Aberdeen service provides help to reduce the harm for those who want to cut drinking down to safer levels while more intensive support is available to those who have developed dependence.
If alcohol is having a negative impact on your life and you think you need help please get in touch. Our experienced workers are trained to help you get back on track. They will be with you every step of the way and give you all the support and encouragement you need. One-to-one support is available no matter what stage you have reached with alcohol. If this is what you feel is most appropriate to you our experienced workers will arrange a confidential meeting and give you immediate guidance, support and fast access to treatment services.
It depends on how much and how frequently you are drinking as to what the best course of action will be for you.
Take our alcohol quiz on the side bar to find out.
We also offer drop in sessions or peer group support. It’s entirely up to you and what’s right to help you in your recovery.
We’ll be with you every step of the way. With recovery focussed projects to help you feel more part of your community and support for family and friends concerned about your situation, we offer support to help you. Please do get in touch.
We hold drop-in sessions seven days a week for those who require support around alcohol and/or drug use. Sessions are available from our city centre, Hadden Street office and at a number of city and Aberdeenshire locations (please contact us for further details). Drop-in sessions provide the following services:
- Immediate assessment of need
- Immediate advice, information and support on any aspect of alcohol or drug use
- Crisis intervention
- Signpost/referral to appropriate agencies
- Dried spot blood testing (if appropriate)
- Naloxone training (if appropriate)
Structured one-to-one support
Many of the people that we help prefer structured one-to-one support with an allocated worker who will support with a tailored programme to suit individual needs. This structured one-to-one support is designed to:
- Provide an assessment of need
- Support changes to alcohol/drug use and related issues
- Address underlying issues
- Assist in positive decision making
- Assess/prepare for detox/rehab
- Support the maintenance of abstinence
For some people, at an early stage of recovery, our focus is on providing accurate advice and information, building trust and helping people stay safe until they are able to take steps into recovery. Here are some stories from people who have accessed our services:-