Scottish Families Affected by Drugs - £1,000

A family focussed recovery charity

SFAD is the only national organisation to support and champion families affected by drugs and alcohol dependency. They provide telephone listening services, family support groups and bereavement councilling for drug-related deaths. 

Often, it's families who provide support for those affected by drug use, without knowing where to turn for support themselves, particularly when facing emotional and financial pressures. Persistent stigma surrounding substance misuse can prevent families seeking help too. 

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Seeking changes on a bigger scale

The also undertake training for practioners to offer family-inclusive suppport and take part in policy campaigning, such as for the Minimum Unit Pricing laws recently passed in Scotland. In particular, Scottish Families Affected by Drugs aim to represent families are recognised and included in policy changes. 

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The Recovery Walk

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs received £10,000 of funding from the Crerar Trust to contribute to the costs of participating in the Recovery Walk in Glasgow, September 15th. The walk brings together people in all stages of recovery to march through the city, culminating in a free, family friendly festival.

SFAD organise the Recovery Walk Scotland alongside the Scottish Recovery Consortium, Scottish Recovery Network and See Me. For SFAD, the walk provides an opportunity for the affected families they work with to meet each other and addresses the stigma of drug issues in public.

"To come to an event like today and bring my whole family with no stress or financial strain is fantastic. It's been the first day when my whole family have come together to support my daughter. She is on a Methadone programme and doing well. It brings me great warmth to my heart to see her having fun and being recognised as a human being and not the junky scum that society thinks she is."

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