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Useful organisations

General

Alcohol Concern

The national organisation campaigning for effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.

Counselling Directory

Lists details of qualified counsellors and psychotherapists nationwide.

Drinkline

Advice to those worried about their own, or a loved one's, alcohol use. Contact their free helpline on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).

DrugScience 

DrugScience is an independent, science-led drugs charity, bringing together leading drugs experts from a wide range of specialisms to carry out ground-breaking original research into drug harms and effects.

DrugWise

Formerly DrugScope, DrugWise provides access to evidence-based drug, alcohol and tobacco information and resources, including an international knowledge hub.

Favor UK

Addiction charity that organises the UK recovery walks to put a positive face and voice on recovery. 

FRANK

National drug information service with factfiles and FAQs.

NHS Choices Alcohol Support

Includes information on alcoholism, binge drinking and caring for someone with an alcohol problem.

Release

Organisation providing free legal advice on drug issues, and a helpline - 020 7324 2989

 
 

Parents and families

Al-Anon

Al-Anon family groups provide support to anyone who is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking.

Bottled Up 

Organisation offering information and advice for family members living with an alcoholic.

Co-Dependants Anonymous

A set of informal self-help groups made up of people with a common interest in working through the problems that co-dependency has caused in their lives.

DrugFAM

Are you affected by someone else's drug or alcohol addiction? Are you bereaved through drug or alcohol use? Contact their free helpline from 9am-9pm, 7 days a week on 0300 888 3853. 

Family Lives

Provides help and support for anyone caring for a child.

Families Anonymous

Support for families and friends concerned about drug abuse or related behavioural problems.

The Icarus Trust

Provide a 'Family & Friends' service. A trained volunteer will provide information and support via email and signpost you to local services.

Re-Solv

Providing support for anyone whose life is affected by volatile substance abuse (‘solvent abuse’), including family members and friends.

Relate

Offer advice and relationship counselling for couples, and also provides advice for parents and other family members to help families deal with difficult times.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

Charity who works throughout Scotland with families concerned for someone’s substance misuse. Provides a helpline service, family support groups, bereavement service and telehealth. Freephone 08080 10 10 11.

Stars National Initiative

Support and guidance on parental drug and alcohol misuse. Run by The Children's Society.

 
 

Grandparents and kinship carers

Grandparents Plus

The national charity which champions the vital role of grandparents, especially when they take on the caring role in difficult family circumstances.

Family Rights Group

Advice for parents and other family members whose children are involved with, or require, social services.

The National Care-line

A voluntary organisation providing information about care and support for older people, their carers and families.

 
 

Children and Young People

Alateen

Run mutual support groups for teenage relatives and friends of alcoholics. Alateen is part of Al-Anon. 

NACOA (National Association for the Children of Alcoholics)

Works to address the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism.

 
 

Criminal Justice

Action for Prisoners' Families

Promotes the just treatment of prisoners’ families by the prison system and society across the UK.

Offenders' Families Helpline

The free and confidential national helpline for families of offenders, providing information and advice on all aspects of the criminal justice system.

Ormiston Children and Families Trust

Works with children and young people who have a family member in prison.

 
 

Domestic Violence

National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline

Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse

National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV)

Provides a free, fast emergency injunction service to survivors of domestic violence regardless of their financial circumstances, race, gender or sexual orientation.

Refuge

Provide domestic violence advice and helpline for women and children.

Respect

The national organisation for professionals working with people to end their abusive behaviour.

Women's Aid

Women’s Aid is the national charity working to end domestic violence against women and children and supports a network of over 500 services across the UK.

 
 

Bereavement

Child Bereavement UK

Supports families and educates professionals when a baby or child of any age dies or is dying, or when a child is facing bereavement.

Childhood Bereavement Network

The hub for those working with bereaved children, young people and their families across the UK. 

Cruse Bereavement Care

Exist to promote the wellbeing of all bereaved people and to enable them to understand their grief and cope with their loss.

Cruse have a section on their website which provides information on drug and alcohol related bereavement.

The Compassionate Friends (TCF)

Provide support to any parent whose child has died. They offer a helpline, an online forum, legal advice and befriending services. They also run a service for bereaved siblings.

Down to Earth

This project, run by Quaker Social Action, is run for people on low incomes. It offer free advocacy and practical guidance on finding the most affordable and appropriate funeral, whilst helping people apply for financial assistance.

Widowed and Young (WAY)

Offer support to anyone under 50 who has lost their partner. This may take the form of peer support, practical advice, meet-ups and more.