Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA) provides a range of services for people who use drugs and alcohol, and their families and friends. We also offer services for those in recovery from drug and alcohol use. Read more


The Recovery Star Awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate the strides people have made in recovery from alcohol and drugs in Aberdeen.
Awards will be presented to successful nominees amongst an audience of friends and supporters of those in recovery. Learn more and nominate here.


The Lord Provost, members of the ADA team of staff and volunteers, service users and key stakeholders, came together on the 29th of September at the Town House in Aberdeen for a  special event to mark ADA’s 30 years in existence. Read more here.



We are now operating open access drop-in services in South and Central Aberdeenshire for anyone concerned about their own or a loved ones use of alcohol or drugs.

We have open access hubs operating in Stonehaven, Inverurie, Banchory & Huntly, and plan to add more locations as required. In addition we can provide support to outlying communities for people who are unable to travel to a hub. For more details and access times please go here.



Upcoming ADA service information & education sessions:


Monday 7th November 2016 – Topic: Safer injecting run by Graeme Benson. This session will look at reducing the danger involved in injecting which carries a greater risk of overdose, vein damage and infection.


Monday 5th December 2016 – Topic: NPS update run by Gillian MacLean. This session will cover the effects of  Legal Highs and current trends in light of the recent new legislation.


New Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

This act applies across the UK and comes into force on 26th May 2016.

The act makes it an offence to produce, supply, offer to supply, possess on custodial premises (e.g. Prison), import or export psychoactive substances; that is any substance intended for human consumption that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect. Personal possession will not be an offence under the act (except in ‘custodial settings’), but the Police will continue to confiscate any unknown powder and this may mean being taken to a Police station whilst enquiries are made.

The act excludes a number of what are described as ‘legitimate substances’ and some medical products as well as controlled drugs, which will continued to be regulated under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. The act also contains provision to exempt healthcare activities and approved scientific research.

For a full list of all these and more information on the act please visit

Also read "Legal Highs? Not as legal as you thought" regarding the recent law changes.

Stopping using some NPS suddenly can cause individuals to enter a withdrawal state which could be dangerous to their health. If you are considering stopping please seek medical advice. Support, advice and information on NPS and other substances is available from ADA through our 7 day Helpline on 01224 594700



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