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


13TH October 2017

Alcohol & Drugs Action awarded contract for Aberdeen City alcohol & drug services

We are delighted to announce that Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA) has been awarded the contract to deliver 3rd sector drug and alcohol services for Aberdeen on behalf of Aberdeen Alcohol and Drugs Partnership and Aberdeen City Health & Social Care Partnership for a further three years.

This contract award will enable ADA to build on existing local knowledge, partnerships and expertise to deliver flexible, easy to access and effective services to address the diverse needs of local people to reduce alcohol and drug related harm and to provide opportunities for people and families to recover.

ACHSCP Chief Officer Judith Proctor said: “This contract award means that ADA can maintain its excellent work across Aberdeen, giving us continuity of service and partnership working which has been built up so productively over many years. The Partnership is pleased that the service will build upon its increased presence in Police Scotland’s Kittybrewster custody suite and continued presence at HMP Grampian. I also welcome the fact that the pioneering work of having support workers embedded within GP practices will continue to provide a very positive presence in the heart of our communities.”

Simon Rayner, Development Manager, Aberdeen Alcohol & Drug Partnership said: “Drug use continues to be a significant issue for many people in the city, with the long-term consequences showing in the tragically increasing numbers of older drug users dying each year. However, alcohol is actually a much greater problem, and has a bigger and more significant impact on the health and wellbeing of everybody across the city. The good news is that increasing numbers of people are getting the help they need to make positive changes and go on with their lives.”

Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive at ADA, said “we are delighted to have this funding confirmed which gives us stability to develop our services to best meet the wide range of needs we see in Aberdeen associated with alcohol and drugs.  With our skilled and committed team in place, we will build on the strong partnerships we have already established within the Health & Social Care Partnership but also crucially, we will work closely with people in local communities to continue to develop innovative responses to help us address the challenges which exist around substance use in Aberdeen.”

Services provided include:

  • A community-based harm reduction service for people in Aberdeen, using evidence-based interventions to address all forms of risk associated with alcohol or drug use. This includes an advice and information service, daily drop-in/duty, needle exchange and structured motivational support for individuals and families affected.
  • A community-based rehabilitation service for people engaged in treatment for drug and alcohol problems. The services operate as an integral component of the Integrated Drugs Service and the Integrated Alcohol Service, delivering support to help people achieve and maintain a recovery from substance use problems.

Linda Algie, ADA Volunteer, commented: “It’s great news that the work will continue. ADA does a fantastic job, the staff are amazing, they are so helpful and will help you no matter what time you turn up.  It has been a life saver to me and given me so many opportunities and helped me totally change my life.  I am now a volunteer with ADA, I thoroughly enjoy my volunteering and want to keep being involved and help build an even bigger recovery community for Aberdeen.”


Nominations have now opened for the 2017 Recovery Star Awards!


The Recovery Star Awards celebrates 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.

The nomination form is now available below:-

Recovery Star Awards Nomination Form

Please feel free to display the event flyer:-

Recovery Star Awards Flyer

Any queries please contact



Our recent service user event 2017 key findings report click below

ADA Service User Event 2017 Full Report



This month is recovery month where we aim across Scotland to shine a light on recovery from alcohol and drug problems.  In the North East, ADA is privileged to support people to achieve recovery, offering a range of easy to access supports to help people begin and achieve a lasting recovery.

Here is Lisa’ Story

Lisa, from Seaton started using drugs when she was 17 and continued to use throughout her adult life until a year ago. Last year her 2 children were removed from her care due to her past behaviours.

“My recovery started last year. Addiction is a very selfish behaviour and it massively impacts on your children, your family and friends. It was so devastating but it made me think: firstly, what’s the point of my life? Then I realised the point of my life is that I still need to be here for when my kids are older. I want them to see me as a good role model. I don’t want them repeating the same paths as I went down.

A year ago, I did a confidence building course which helped me start recovery. I then went to the Foyer and did Life-shaper and the Reach programme.  I am now doing the ADA recovery coaching course and go to peer led support as well.  The groups have given me purpose. I was isolated when I came off drugs. It was really nerve wracking to go along to something at first but they are brilliant services, they helped motivate me, I learned to trust other people again. I learned that recovery is possible you learn a lot from other people, getting skills and advice from how they cope with life in recovery.

If someone is reading this and struggling with a drug or alcohol problem, I would say to them:

Do you want to live like this forever? What do you want from your life? You can be capable of anything.  It’s just about taking each day at a time, not overthinking everything and not doing negative thinking. I do positive affirmations every day and use breathing exercises.

I am a good person. I won’t let the past and my guilt ruin my future.

Without my family and friends, I wouldn’t be in such a good place. I’ve started taking responsibility for my actions. My family see a totally different person. I am now looking for a job. My goal is to help people out there that are in similar situations to give people hope.

I want  to shout out recovery is possible. Everybody’s recovery is different but it’s possible for everyone.

Everyone knows it’s not easy to turn your life around, but there is help there. Start with ADA.”




International Drug Overdose Awareness Day


Today 31st August 2017 we marked International Drug Overdose Awareness Day in a very special way.  Our “Time To Remember Time To Act” event took place at Hadden Street.

This event was an opportunity to remember those who sadly lost their lives to overdose as well as train individuals on the use of Naloxone, a lifesaving medicine that can temporary restore breathing in an overdose situation.

Family and friends individually decorated hearts with personal messages to remember loved ones they have sadly lost through overdose. Our ADA volunteers helped to display the hearts on the tree outside our Hadden Street service.

Our trained team and volunteers ran a training session so that people can be trained in the use of Naloxone , providing further opportunity to save a life from overdose.

If you wish to be trained in the use of Naloxone to help save a life please contact our helpline for further information, 01224 594700.


ADA's CEO Luan Grugeon responds to the recent report:


Sadly we are aware that drug deaths across Scotland continue to rise. We know that every single death leaves families, friends and communities devastated.   

We are aware that the majority of these deaths are in people who have long term drug problems who have also other complex interrelated health problems. Many also live in isolation.   


ADA is working hard with treatment services and communities to prevent deaths.  Help is readily available. There are lots of 1-1 and groups available to help people, whatever stage of recovery they are at. We also have a growing community of people in recovery in Aberdeen who are available to provide invaluable peer support and inspiration for people at an early stage.


Naloxone, a medicine which can temporarily restore breathing in an overdose situation, is available to drug users and family members.  Last year we know that 98 of these kits were used to restore breathing in overdose situations in Aberdeen. 




ADA Service Manager Simon Pringle presenting ADA volunteers who have successfully completed a recent Naloxone train the trainer course.  This will now allow others to be trained in the administering of Naloxone to safe a life.


For training on Naloxone and issuing of these kits to anyone at risk and their family members please contact us for the next training date.


We need to get the message out there:


Don’t struggle alone, help is here and recovery is possible no matter how difficult your current situation is.


Our full list of services can be found on this website.  We have services open 7 days a week.


Our confidential helpline tel:  01224 594700  or  email: can assist you to take steps in supporting you in your recovery.  This helpline is also for family members who are looking to speak about how best to support their family member. 

ADA is here to help.







ADA service user forum which took place on Monday 26th June was a great success.  52 people participated, with two thirds being people who are using/have used ADA services.

 Initial feedback has been overwhelmingly positive with people noting ‘I got to hear other people all in the same place that I am in’ ‘I loved the information and openness’ ; I loved the Recovery Buzz’  ‘I loved having the opportunity to thank ADA/SMART and all service users’.


Luan CEO said: ‘It was a great event, there was a real energy in the room, and genuine partnership between services and people on recovery journeys both on the day and in the planning of event. I was proud to see how far we have come with service user engagement and I know that we will continue to improve and develop services by working hand in hand with our fantastic staff, service users, volunteers and community partners.”


A full report will be produced on the event findings by the service user forum can be found below

ADA Service User Event 2017 Full Report



ADA Preventing Child Sexual Exploitation in the North East

Alcohol & Drugs Action’s new initiative, the Green Light Project was officially launched on Monday 12th June 2017.

The service is available to children and young people up to the age of 25 in Aberdeen city and shire who are deemed to be at risk of some form of sexual exploitation,  either through online or in face to face to situations.                   

The Green Light Project (GLP), helps children and young people become more informed and know how to avoid sexual exploitation, and know who they can turn to should they find themselves in a risky situation. This includes educating young people on safer and smarter use of social media.

The Green Light Project (GLP), also provides training to parents and professionals to help them spot the signs and be better equipped in preventing harms to young people.

Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive at Alcohol & Drugs Action said: “we know that child sexual exploitation can lead to young people developing a whole range of problems as they grow up including problems with alcohol and drugs to cope with the trauma they have experienced.  I am really pleased that we are able to launch this project which will prevent and protect young people from being sexually exploited in the local area”

Hannah Bennett, Young Person’s worker delivering the service, commented “I am really excited to be a part of this new service. It is so important to keep raising awareness of child sexual exploitation, especially because this form of abuse can happen entirely online now. We need to make sure we are keeping up with technology and protecting young people from the risks posed by an increasingly connected and accessible world”.



Green Light Project is funded by Comic Relief.

To make a referral for a young person or to find out more about the project, contact Hannah Bennett, Young Persons Worker at ADA, on 01224 577120 or email:


Information Sessions

Our monthly information sessions are a valuable way to learn about our services, visit here for a timetable and booking options.


If you haven't already taken our alcohol quiz click here to find out your score.


Are you trying to move away from problematic drug or alcohol use? Would you like to meet others who are also making this journey? Would you like to do leisure activities on a Friday afternoon?

Then the Activities Group may be for you!

For more information, please contact:

Abby – 07525071520 or Colin – 07525071521

Drop in sessions are held every Friday between 1.15pm and 1.30pm to sign up. 

Summer Programme 2017

11th August       Swimming at Aberdeen Sports Village or Beach Leisure Centre.

* All activities subject to change – please call 01224 577120 for information on the day.


Vacancies available: Find out more about our current posts 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 & Ellon, 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.