Independent Advocacy and Addictions

Independent advocacy is a way to help you to make your voice stronger and to have as much control as possible over your own life. Advocacy Workers do not make decisions on your behalf and they will not put words in your mouth. Independent Advocacy will help you get the information you need to make good choices, and give you the help you need to express yourself clearly.

Independent Advocacy can help someone with addiction issues to access the support and services they need for their recovery; it can support them to rebuild relationships with family, friends and professionals; and it can give them information and help them explore the options to plan for a sustainable and successful recovery.

Ceartas Advocacy works with the people in East Dunbartonshire in accordance to the principles of equality, fairness and justice. We do not judge anyone on the basis that they have an addiction issue, and we will support them to overcome any barriers placed in their way because they have an addiction issue.


People with addiction issues can face all sorts of practical obstacles to their recovery, through issues with housing and neighbours, criminal justice, debt management, losing or regaining access to their children, even getting access to appropriate health- and social care services.

It has long been recognised that there is a link between problematic substance use and mental health problems. This can lead to the perception of a ‘revolving door’ between addiction support services and mental health support services, with neither recognising that the other is not really addressing the whole person’s support needs.

Statutory Support for Addictions

East Dunbartonshire Alcohol and Drugs Service is the statutory team that fulfills the role of Community Addictions Teams in other areas of the country. EDADS assesses people’s needs and delivers evidence-based , recovery-focused interventions. EDADS is a partnership between East Dunbartonshire Council Social Work and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

You can find out more about EDADS here, or you can speak to them by calling 0141 232 8211.

Other Support for Addictions

Alcoholics Anonymous is the original 12-step recovery programme for people who want to stop drinking. Anyone is free to attend a meeting, and access to the service / membership is free at the point of contact. To find a local meeting, call the national helpline on 0845 769 7555, or you can visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website and click on ‘Find a meeting’.

Narcotics Anonymous is an abstinence-based programme using the same 12 steps as AA to help people stop their problem drug use. Anyone who thinks they have a drug problem can attend a meeting, and they are free at the point of contact. You can find a local NA meeting by calling the national helpline on 0300 999 1212, or visiting the Narcotics Anonymous website and click on ‘Find a meeting in your area’.

Al-Anon provides support to the families and other people affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. Al-Anon holds meetings along the same sort of model as AA and NA, to find a local meeting you can call 0207 403 0888 or visit the Al-Anon website and click on ‘Find your nearest Al-Anon meeting’.

There are also supports available for other addictions such as gambling etc, if you need to find support you can call Ceartas on 0141 775 0433.