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Community Alcohol and Drug Service (CADS)

Last updated: 5th July 2024

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Need supported:

  • Other
  • Peer Mentoring
  • Women


We give listening support and information to many people and help them with confidence, communication, general well-being, and we link them into local support. We also help people recognise and understand the importance of looking after themselves. Our Forth Valley Family Support Service offers one-to-one and group support through the area, encompassing the Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, and Stirling council areas. Every family is different, so we offer bespoke support to everyone engaging with us. This can include: • one-to-one sessions, in person or via video or telephone calls • Family support groups, for all friends and family affected • ‘Breaking the Cycle’ group, for adult children who have experienced/continue to experience parental substance use • Men’ Group • Creative Coping activities • Social activities, such as walks, cookery sessions, quizzes etc • Book Group • C.R.A.F.T. (Community Reinforcement and Family Training) – a scientifically proven set of tools and strategies for families, that covers understanding addiction; positive communication; rewards and natural consequences and self-care • Project Balance, which offers yoga, reiki, guided meditation, and alternative therapies • Bereavement counselling and support for anyone who has experienced an alcohol and/or drugs related loss • Naloxone training and provision • Advocacy support.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, Self-referral

16 years plus • Living or working in the Forth Valley area. • No other criteria/exclusions. Any professional can refer someone into our service. For professionals wishing to do so, we have a referral portal on our website: We can also take self-referrals, nationally to our Helpline: 08080 10 10 11 webchat at or locally: 01786 583 299

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There is no time limit on how long anyone engages with us and we work with all families, regardless of their Loved One’ treatment status.