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Support with addiction

Organisations that help those dealing with gambling, drug and alcohol addictions, as well as eating disorders.


UK-wide: Adfam support and empower families affected by substance abuse by working with frontline workers.

Al-Anon Family Group

UK-wide: Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire are there for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else's drinking. Their members provide meetings in all major towns and cities and are committed to being there for you when you need help. 

Alcoholics Anonymous

UK-wide: Free and anonymous face-to-face support and advice for people with alcohol problems. 


UK-wide: Support for sufferers of eating disorders through online and telephone help, as well as a self-help network. 

Dan 24/7

Wales only: A free and bilingual telephone drugs helpline providing a single point of contact for anyone in Wales who needs help with drug or alcohol problems. 

Families Anonymous

UK-wide: A network of support groups for the families of problem drug users. Families Anonymous offers a free, confidential service. 

Frank (National Drugs Helpline)

UK-wide: Free, unbiased and impartial drugs advice. They can help you by their helpline, text line and live webchat.


UK-wide: GamCare provides information, advice, support and free counselling for the prevention and treatment of problem gambling. They also operate the National Gambling Helpline. 


UK-wide: Release provides a free, confidential and non-judgemental national information and advice service covering drug issues and laws. 

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs (SFAD)

Scotland only: SFAD provides support to family members and friends who have been affected by the substance use of a relative or loved one. They help raise awareness, as well as providing information, help and support through a wide variety of resources. 

Self Help And Recovery Management (SMART)

UK-wide: This is a registered charity which promotes choice in recovery from addiction through a national network of mutual-aid meetings and online training programmes, with comprehensive teaching materials and manuals. 

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