Below are a selection of links to user-friendly websites which hopefully can help you find the information or advice that you are looking for. There are many websites available however here we have focused on websites which are designed with the public in mind.

Know the Score provides information and advice about drugs and the effects of drugs in Scotland. More information and advice for both professionals and members of the public can be found on the DrugScope website. DrugScope’s aim is to inform policy development and reduce drug-related harms – to individuals, families and communities by providing quality drug information, promoting effective responses to drug use, undertaking research, advising on policy-making and good practice, and encouraging informed debate.

DrugScope have also developed a website for young people (particularly 11-14 year olds). DWorld contains video stories, fact files for all the main drugs, a photo gallery, games and ideas for projects.

Fast Forward is also a website for young people aimed at promoting health and well-being, through education. As part of the Scottish Government’s national Youth Work Strategy, Fast Forward is also co-ordinating the Scottish Peer Education Network (SPEN) and promoting and supporting peer education across Scotland.

The Wired In online community was developed as a way of empowering people to tackle drug and alcohol use problems. Wired In aims to provide an environment of opportunity, choice and hope, to enable individuals and families to find their path to recovery from substance use problems.

“We want to bring people together with the common purpose of helping themselves and others, and making sure that society is more understanding of and helpful towards people affected by substance use problems”.

Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) is the national non-government drugs policy and information agency working in partnership with others to co-ordinate effective responses to drug use in Scotland. SDF aims to support and represent, at both local and national levels, a wide range of interests, promoting collaborative, evidence-based responses to drug use. SDF also hosts the Scottish Drugs Services Directory, a directory of over 200 agencies across Scotland.

Alcohol Concern exists to reduce the negative impact alcohol can have on communities, families and individuals. The organisation does this by raising public awareness of alcohol, by fronting campaigns to change alcohol policy, it helps develop projects and good practice; and provides training and consultancy for practitioners. Alcohol Concern also produces a free, monthly, e-newsletter - Alcohol Concern News.

Drink Aware provides a wealth of alcohol facts and information including an alcohol calculator which helps you calculate the number of units in your drink. It also gives advice on how to cut down on alcohol consumption, how alcohol can affect relationships and advice for parents on talking to under 18s.

The Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) aims to support families across Scotland who are affected by alcohol and drug misuse and raise awareness of issues affecting them. SFAD can provide information, advice and support to families affected by alcohol and drugs, family support groups and those working with them.

If you or someone you know is experiencing low mood or depression, the Breathing Space website contains advice, information and support. Breathing Space also offers a free and confidential listening service in which callers may be offered advice, guidance and support underpinned by empathy, warmth and understanding (0800 83 85 87). The service specifically, but not exclusively, targets young men who are experiencing difficulties and unhappiness in their lives; the focus is to provide skilled assistance at an early stage and prevent problems escalating. Family members, partners and friends who are concerned about their own wellbeing and that of people they care about are encouraged to call. The phoneline is open 24 hours at weekends (6pm Friday - 6am Monday) and from 6pm to 2am on weekdays (Monday - Thursday).

The Choose Life website also offers information and advice to people who are either feeling suicidal; worried that someone they know may be feeling suicidal.

If you would like more information on what to do if you or someone you know has an alcohol or drug problem have a look at the Advice and support section of our website. If you want to find a service in Lanarkshire you can search using our Service Finder.

ADFAM is a charity working on behalf of the families and loved ones affected by drug and alcohol use. To visit their website click here.

The British Liver Trust 0808 800 1000 is the UK’s leading charity promoting education and research around liver health. The website contains lots of useful information and advice on the causes, signs, symptoms and treatment of liver disease.

Modified date: 09 May 14 


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