Alcohol & Drugs Partnership

Dumfries & Galloway ADP is a body made up of representatives from a wide range of partners across the region. This includes input from Health, Social Work, Housing, Police, Procurator Fiscal Service and the Voluntary sector. The ADP is responsible for planning and joining up the various initiatives across the region to tackle alcohol and drugs misuse, and to try and prevent it becoming a problem for people. Examples of ongoing work include specialist services, community initiatives, raising awareness of local issues, prevention education programmes in schools, to treatment options and supporting families and those with substance problems towards recovery, healthy lifestyles and employment.


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Current News


The government’s alcohol guidelines are changing to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health harms. New guidance includes changes to the amount men and women can regularly drink, one-off drinking sessions and advice for drinking in pregnancy

The new guidelines that came into effect from 8 January 2016 will help people make better choices about their drinking

The core of the new guidelines for adults is:
•    a new weekly guideline for regular drinking is that it is safest not to exceed 14 units
weekly, for both men and women

•    the weekly guideline will be clearly labelled as for ‘low risk’ drinking not ‘safe’ drinking;
recent evidence on alcohol and cancer means there is no level without any risk; the evidence for a
protective effect from heart disease for moderate drinking is also less strong than it was;
nevertheless, most people can drink within the guidelines at low risk.

Further information on the new guidelines can be acessed on Drinkaware's website by clicking here


Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs - Bereavement Support Service

Scottish Families offers a FREE and confidential support service to provide listening and emotional support in the immediate period after the loss of a loved one and, if appropriate, can arrange up to 6 face to face counselling sessions.  They can also give you information about local peer support groups to meet together with people who have experienced a similar loss.

How to access the service

Contact the Helpline 08080 101011 (free from landlines and mobiles) Monday to Friday 0900-1700 hours.  Outwith these times you can leave a voicemail message and you will receive a callback from the Bereavement Support Team within 48 hours.  You can also email

You will receive an initial telephone appointment from the Bereavement Co-ordinator within 5 working days of making contact with the Helpline.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs Drop In Sessions Gretna

If you are worried about someone you care about misusing alcohol or drugs SFAD are here to help by offering support and information. Please see below for Gretna drop in sessions and contact details


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Gretna Drop In Poster

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Alcohol and Drugs Support SWS (ADS)

For a copy of the annual report please click here


Wellness and Recovery College - UWS
The Dumfries and Galloway Wellness and Recovery College, is a local initiative that delivers a range of wellness and recovery focussed learning and development opportunities. Courses will provide students with a range of learning opportunities, these may include: 
  • Learning skills and strategies to cope with challenging times, for example in relation to change and loss
  • Strengthening personal coping skills
  • Developing and maintaining positive relationships
  • Helping to understand personal responses to situations  
Courses vary in content and length. You may be interested in signing up for just one course or more.
For further information please visit the website below
Development of  Family Support  in Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway ADP recognise family support as a key component of an individual’s recovery from substance misuse.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) are a national organisation who have been awarded funding to conduct a one year scoping exercise in the region. The purpose of this work will be to gather information on the needs of families affected by substance misuse and to develop peer led family support groups throughout Dumfries and Galloway, which will address some of the needs identified.
SFAD will:
·         Employ a family support worker to cover the region
·         Develop peer led family support groups
·         Facilitate advocacy for families
·         Promote family inclusive practices within partner organisations
·         Facilitate training in family inclusive practices for partner organisations.
·         Scope the current support available to families and identify gaps in current provision.
·         Promote SFAD helpline
·         Develop web based information specific to families in Dumfries and Galloway.
SFAD will shortly be making contact with our partner organisations and can be contacted meantime on 0141 221 0544
ADP Minutes
Minutes from the ADP meetings are available for download. Click on the following links  


ADP Important Documents

Dumfries and Galloway Alcohol and Drugs Needs Assessment 2015

Dumfries and Galloway ADP commissioned Macmillan Rome to conduct a needs assessment of drug and alcohol service provision across Dumfries and Galloway. This included speaking to members of staff and service users to collect their views on current service provision and identified gaps. A copy of the report is available by clicking here

 Getting Our Priorities Right 2014

Dumfries and Galloway ADP and CPC have developed an updated good practice framework for all child and adult service practitioners working with vulnerable children and families affected byproblematic parental alcohol and/or drug use. It has been updated in line with national guidance and within the particular context of the national GIRFEC approach and the Recovery Agendas, both of which have a focus on‘whole family’ recovery. Another key theme is the importance of services focusing on early intervention activity, working together effectively at the earliest stages to help children and families. To access the the documents click on the links below

 GOPR Practitioners Guidelines 2014

 GOPR Online Toolkit 2014     

GOPR Electronic Links

GOPR Online Toolkit 2014 (Word Format)


ADP Reporting Template 2014-15

Dumfries and Galloway ADPs report to the Scottish Government provides a self assessment of the partnership as well as activities and goals for future service delivery and prevention activities to address the regions drug and alcohol issues. The document is available to download by clicking on the following link


ADP Annual Reporting template 2014-15


Delivery Plan 

The plan sets out the key changes that Dumfries and Galloway ADP intend to promote over the next  three years.

Available here for download 

ADP Delivery Plan 2015-18 


ADP Strategy



Recognised Partners List

In developing a Recognised Partners List (RPL) the ADP wishes to bring together the diverse range of partners into single framework based on the National Quality Standards for Substance Misuse Services (NQS). This framework will be flexible enough to acknowledge that professional accountabilities may lie elsewhere, but defined enough to reassure those using services that they operate to agreed minimum standards.

Further information is contained in the information leaflet. Link opens in new windowRPL Leaflet


Organisations wishing to consider applying for inclusion on the list should speak with the ADP Support Team, or by completing the appropriate form available below.

Please be aware that all document links are to PDFs as unfortunately this website cannot link to Word documents.