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Alcohol and Drugs Action

Last updated: 10th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Alcohol
  • Drugs


Progress towards identified personal goals regarding substance misuse and other aspects of their lives.   Reduced drug and/or alcohol use .  Harm reduction.  Increased personal safety.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Self-referral

Alcohol and Drug Action are now part of the multi-disciplinary teams operating within Aberdeenshire that provide help to anyone needing support with problematic drug and/or alcohol use. The teams are based within the new ‘Step In’ facilities and include a range of practitioners such as Nurses, Social Workers, Health Care Support Workers, as well as Support Workers from Alcohol and Drugs Action. Step-In points are open from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Appointments will be offered out with these times for people who need it. Step-In staff can arrange transport for those who do not live close to the Step In location, or they can arrange to see the person at a time and place that is suitable to them. Referrals can be made by people who want to use the service themselves, and by organisations who would like to refer an individual in to services. Details of how to refer are available on the Aberdeenshire Council website: People can also contact Alcohol and Drug Action direct by calling the helpline (0333 3 448 355). ADA also offer a range of groups, further information is available on the website or for more information contact

Further Information:

Alcohol and Drugs Action began operating as a charity and company limited by guarantee in June 1986. The organisation was set up in response to a gap in support for people with substance misuse issues at that time. Since 1986, Alcohol and Drugs Action has established trust and credibility amongst individuals with substance use issues. This has extended to family members and local communities in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.