Useful Links

Local and National Organisations

Breathing Space

If you feel depressed or in low mood phone an advisor between 6pm and 2am every day of the week on 0800 838587

CARS (Community Addiction Recovery Service)

CARS is a community recovery service based in Edinburgh. They offer a structured, two phased day programme for women and men aged 16 years and over, living in the City of Edinburgh and who are aware they have a substance misuse problem and would like to explore their pathway to recovery. Services include allocation of key worker, 1:1 recovery sessions, peer supported group work and structured recovery focused modules in Phase 2.

Tel: 0131 553 2222
Fax: 0131 553 1101

5 Links Place

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a self help organisation

Tel: 0845 769 7555

Al - Anon Helpline 

Tel: 020 7403 0888


Cocaine Anonymous (CA) is a self help organisation.

The National Helpline is 0800 612 0225, it is they are open 10am – 10pm everyday.

Families Anonymous Helpline

Tel: 0845 1200 660


Family Support Addictions

Tel:0131 622 6666

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a self help organisation.

The National helpline is 0300 999 1212

Scottish Recovery Consortium

234 West George Street

Glasgow G2 4QY

Telephone: 0141 226 1662


The Scottish Recovery Consortium provides national direction and coordinates action to promote the recovery of individuals, family members and communities from drug problems and addiction in Scotland. The site includes news about future conferences, recovery stories and produces a range of resources to help raise awareness and promote recovery. 

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs (SFAD)


Free phone helpline No. 08080 10 10 11


Scottish Families Affected by Drugs exists to support those affected by the drugs misuse of a loved one, because families need to recover too. They facilitate a Scotland wide network of family support groups and run a helpline service.

Serenity Cafe

The Serenity Café is a voluntary social network in which people in recovery help each other. Workers are welcome to bring people they support to our events and activities. The volunteer peer mentors will be happy to meet people who want to find out more before coming along.

The Recovery Events page lists some of the current social activities such as creative writing, singing, music, chess and art. On the last Friday of every month they hold a Cafe Club Nite and are presently advertising Christmas Day, Hogmanay and New Years Day festivities.

You can contact Serenity Cafe through the Comas office

Tel: 0131 556 8765

Post :
Serenity Cafe
8 Jackson Entry
The Tun
111 Holyrood Road

SMART Help in Lothian

Self Management And Recovery Training is a secular, science based mutual support movement for people who have a desire to gain independence from their addictive behaviour. SMART does not believe in labels or that addiction is a disease or genetic. Instead we view addiction as a set of behaviours that don't work well for us.

Through group meetings we use a set of tools and techniques from CBT and REBT to learn how to manage our selves and our lives in a more helpful way. These tools are contained in our four point programme.

  1. Motivation to stop and stay stopped.
  2. Deal effectively with urges and cravings.
  3. Deal effectively with any type of emotional upset.
  4. Promote a Lifestyle Balance that nurtures recovery and prevents relapse.

For general information about SMART contact Jardine Simpson by email
Tel: 07969904002.

Wired In  - an on line recovery community


Useful Resources

Health Scotland has published a number of resources. For paper copies of these materials contact the NHS Lothian Health Promotion Library at Blackford Pavilion, Astley Ainslie Hospital or call0131 537 9338.

Last Reviewed: 18/12/2012