Support for families

Substance Abuse

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Help with alcohol or drug misuse

If you think that you or someone else might have a problem with drugs and alcohol, there is a wide range of help available.  There are professional services run by the NHS, social services and charities.

More information can be found on the Recovery from alcohol and drug problems webpage.

Some services can support families with issues around alcohol and drug misuse.

Circle - The Harbour project

The Harbour project offers support to children and families affected by parental substance use including parenting, family relationships and practical support. Children can be referred for individual support through a partnership with the Sunflower Garden project. 

Harbour Father Support

This service offers support to fathers affected by substance use. The Father's Support Worker offers individual and family support for fathers, in their role as a parent. 

For more information contact

07703 714764.

Bridge to Freedom

This Christian recovery programme is for adults who are willing to get well and break free from substances. Participants can join at any time and follow-up support is available. The groups are run by Bethany Christian Church and run on Mondays from 2 to 4 pm in Leith and a new group will start in April Thursday from 2 to 4 pm in the West End.

For more information and venue details contact 

07458 016976.

Vocal Family support addictions

This service offers support for parents, friends, partners and other family members who are affected by someone else’s drinking and drug use. 

For more information contact

0131 622 6666.

Rainbow Recovery Family and Friends Service

This supportive group runs to support people affected by a family member or friend's addiction. It offers a confidential space to offload without judgement, a safe space to talk things through and the chance to help others by sharing your own experience and having a cuppa too. Participants are welcome to bring babies and young children if they don't have childcare. The group meets on Wednesdays from 12 pm to 1.30 pm and on the first Thursday of the month from 7 pm to 8.30 pm at 

Gorgie Memorial Hall 
338 Gorgie Road 
EH11 2QU 

For more information contact   

07732 418597


This intensive parental substance use service offers support before, during and after the baby's birth and works with women who are pregnant or have just given birth and are affected by drugs or alcohol. 

For more information visit the PrePare website or contact

0131 453 9208.

Young People Substance Use Service (YPSUS)

YPSUS is a partnership of Edinburgh agencies offering help and support for young people (up to the age of 21) who use substances including alcohol. 

For more information visit the YPSUS website or contact

0131 529 6700

SPACE Youth Befriending for children 

SPACE Youth Befriending offers support to children and young people aged five to 16 years affected by parental drug or alcohol use. 

Contact Nicola Campbell

or Jane McColl