We provide advice, information and targeted interventions on all drug related issues, seven days a week. We have specific services for those who use opiates, cocaine, new psychoactive substances (legal highs), solvents, Image and Performance Enhancing Drugs (IPEDs) and prescription/over-the-counter medications. We can also support those drinking alcohol alongside these substances.
We know how hard it is to ask for help. We help people every day. We provide support to those affected by all aspects of drug use 7 days a week and appointments aren't always necessary.
It's not about shock tactics or a 'just say no' approach, instead we will work with you to build your trust and deliver the support and help you need to overcome your drug problem. This will include different levels of support to manage your situation - from preventing harmful use to reducing chaotic use, and helping you work towards recovery.
Our experienced workers will arrange a confidential meeting and give you immediate guidance, support and advice and fast access to treatment and other services as required.
We will be with you every step of the way.
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 Blood Spot 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.
Take Home Naloxone Programme
Naloxone, which can temporarily reverse an opioid overdose for up to 20 minutes, is now available on site at ADA. Drug related deaths remain a huge concern and Naloxone is an important part of the programme of activities in place to prevent drug related deaths in Scotland. The legislation means that people can come to ADA and get the kits here rather than having to go to a pharmacy to collect them. The legislation also makes it easier for family members to obtain kits. We would encourage anyone who has a friend or loved one with a history of using opiates (e.g. heroin, methadone etc ) to come and get their free Naloxone kit from ADA at 7 Hadden Street, Aberdeen .