Resources for: Substance Use

Substances are defined as: alcohol, tobacco and other medications or drugs (both legal and illegal).

When you take drugs or drink alcohol, there is always some risk involved. This is because drugs and alcohol can affect different people in different ways. It can be hard to know exactly what you are taking, as you often don’t know where the drugs have come from. Reference

Here you will find information about alcohol and drugs, and where to find help if you or someone you know is affected by substance use.

5 Alcohol Anon

Alcoholics Anonymous

AA is concerned solely with the personal recovery and continued sobriety of individual who turn to the Fellowship for help. There are meetings across West Dunbartonshire.


Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Local Free
4. Alanon Families

Al -Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups offers free and inclusive local meetings for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking.

Helpline number: 0800 0086 811


Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Telephone Local Free
6. Alternatives


Alternatives are a community based drug project in West Dunbartonshire operating from two community bases.

Phone: 01389 734 500


Services & somewhere to go Online Local Free
7. Alternatives Safe House

Alternatives - Safe as Houses

Alternatives - Safe as Houses is a specialist residential rehabilitation centre in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire. It provides support for people across Scotland who want help with problematic drug and/or alcohol use within a safe and therapeutic setting.

Phone: 0141 952 2282


Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Local Free
32. Childline No Text


Childline Counselling service for children and young people in the UK. Phone, talk to a counsellor online, send Childline an email or post on the message boards.

Helpline number: 0800 11 11


Helpline Online Telephone National Free
41. Cocaine Anon

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction. Find information on local groups here.

Helpline number: 0141 959 6363


Services & somewhere to go Download Self referral Telephone Local Free
43. Crisis Counselling

Crisis Counselling (Erskine Counselling)

Crisis Counselling offers counselling therapy to children and young people aged 10 and over experiencing emotional and mental health difficulties. Referral through Education services.


Services & somewhere to go School Referral Local Free
70. Health Talk With Text

Health Talks - Drugs and Alcohol

In this section of the Health Talks website you can find out about the experience of drugs and alcohol, by listening to young people share their personal stories on film.


Website Online National Free
78. Know The Score

Know the Score

Whether you’ve taken drugs, are thinking of taking them, or are just curious and want to know more, it’s important to know the real facts about drugs.


Website Online National Free
81. LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation

LGBT Foundation is a national charity delivering advice, support and information services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) communities.

Phone: 0345 3 30 30 30


Website Online National Free
83. LGBT Hero


LGBT HERO is the national health and wellbeing charity supporting over 100,000 LGBTQ+ people a month by providing trusted information, advice and various types of support including one-to-one, group and peer-support.


Website Online Self referral National Free
101. Nacoa

NACOA (National Association of Children of Alcoholics)

Providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent’s drinking via a website, webchat and a free helpline.

Helpline number: 0800 358 3456


Helpline Website Online Self referral Telephone National Free
102. Narcotics Anon

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)

Narcotics Anonymous Glasgow & West Coast Of Scotland is a community of people who support each other to achieve and maintain a drug free life. The only requirement for participation in NA is a desire to stop using drugs. Meetings take place online and face to face. NA is free. Local meeting details can be found on the website.

Phone: 0800 140 4645 Glasgow


Helpline Services & somewhere to go Online Self referral Local Free
107. NHS Inform With Text

NHS Inform

NHS inform is Scotland's national health information service helping the people in Scotland to make informed decisions about their own health and the health of the people they care for. Also includes a service directory with details of health and wellbeing services across Scotland.


Website Online National Free
125. Samaritans2


A 24 hour support service for anyone who’s struggling to cope, who needs someone to listen without judgement or pressure.


Helpline Online Self referral Telephone National Free
132. SFAD With Text

SFAD Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Young person's support group for 12–26-year-olds affected by someone else’s alcohol or drug use. 

Helpline number: 08080 10 10 11


Services & somewhere to go Self referral Telephone Local Free
146. Stem4

stem4 - supporting teenage mental health

Stem4 promotes positive mental health in teenagers and those who support them. Discover stem4's free guides to manage mental health issues, free supportive apps and mental health videos.


Website Download Online Self referral National Free
150. Talk To Frank No Text

Talk to Frank

Honest information about drugs

Phone: 0300 123 6600


Website Online Telephone National Free
154. The Mix

The Mix

The Mix is a UK based charity that provides free, confidential support for young people under 25 via online, social and mobile.

Phone: 0808 808 4994


Website App Online Telephone National Free
157. SEARCH Project Carers Of WD

The SEARCH Project (Support and Education for Alcohol-Related Challenges in the Home)

The SEARCH Project delivered by Carers of West Dunbartonshire provides support to carers that are affected by alcohol-related issues, either because they are caring for someone who has an alcohol problem or because they are dealing with their own alcohol issues. The project will support carers of any age but has a particular focus on Young Adult Carers (18-25 years) and Older Carers (65+ years).

Phone: 0141 941 1550


Services & somewhere to go Online Professional referral Self referral Telephone Local Free
Addictions Sway Document

WD Community Addictions Team

West Dunbartonshire Community Addiction Services provide health and social care services for individuals with problems linked to drug and/or alcohol misuse; physical, medical and social needs of individuals as considered as part of the assessment.


For group information scan QR code above.


Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Local Free
199. 200. Young Minds

Young Minds - Drugs and Alcohol

Facts on drugs and alcohol, how they can affect your mental health, and advice on what to do if you need support.


Website Online National Free
51. DACA

DACA (Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol)

DACA is the community alcohol service for West Dunbartonshire, supporting anyone affected by their own or a loved one’s drinking.  Confidential one-to-one counselling and advice, groups and other activities, and a range of health and wellness services are all delivered from offices in Dumbarton and Clydebank.

Phone: DACA Dumbarton – 01389 731456 DACA Clydebank – 0141 952 088


Services & somewhere to go Self referral Local Free
190. Whole School Approach

Heads Up Mental Health Support

NHS GGC information on mental health conditions, mental health advice, how you can support yourself or the people you care for, the services available to you and the range of interventions.


Website Online Local Free
WD Quit Your Way

WD Quit Your Way

Quit Your Way stop smoking services are local, free, friendly, and here to help you stop smoking.

Helpline number: 0800 916 8858


Services & somewhere to go Professional referral Self referral Telephone Local Free


Everything we do protects children today and prevents abuse tomorrow, to transform society for every childhood.  Support and tips to help you keep children safe. From advice on children's mental health to staying safe online as well as support for parents. 


Website Online National Free
Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Drugs Forum

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is Scotland’s national resource of expertise on drugs and related issues.

Website Online National Free

FASD Hub Scotland

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) Hub Scotland provide a support service for parents/ carers (adoptive and biological parents, foster carers, kinship carers and step parents) across Scotland who live with children, young people and young adults who have a history of prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE), with or without an FASD diagnosis.


Website Online Self referral National Free
Sowing Seeds

Sowing Seeds: Trauma Informed Practice for Anyone Working with Children and Young People

This animation was developed by NHS Education for Scotland, in partnership with the Scottish Government. It is designed to be relevant to all workers within the Scottish workforce who work with children and young people. It aims to support staff to understand the impact of trauma and to know how to adapt the way they work to make a positive difference to the lives of children and young people affected by trauma.


Website Online National Free
Get Self Help

Get Self Help

This website provides resources for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT).

CBT has been proven to help mental health problems. This website provides CBT self help and therapy resources, including worksheets and information sheets, plus videos and self help mp3s.


Website Download Online National Free

Scottish Centre for Conflict Resolution

SCCR is a charity based in Edinburgh, Scotland with expertise in mediation. Their award-winning digital resources and free training and events improve understanding of conflict and emotional needs, to transform relationships and lives. The SCCR focuses on early intervention with young people and their families experiencing difficulties and conflict. 


Website Online Self referral National Free