Alcohol and drug services

Support for individuals and their families experiencing problems with alcohol or drug use

Community Addiction Services

The East Renfrewshire Community Addiction Service offers a range of treatment and support.

We help and support:

  • people experiencing harmful alcohol and /or drug use and seeking treatment and support
  • people looking to progress in their recovery
  • family members affected by a loved one's alcohol and / or drug use.

On this page you will find details on the services provided and how to access them.

Mobile Harm Reduction Service

Turning Point Scotland's Mobile Harm Reduction Service supports people who are frequently injecting drugs by delivering WAND - Wound care, Assessment of injecting risk, Naloxone and Dry blood spot testing.

The service began in spring 2023 is being made available in East Renfrewshire every fortnight.  It is a drop-in service and the next sessions are:

Thursday 1  June, 2023 - Barrhead Foundry Car Park 

Thursday 15 June, 2023  - Barrhead Foundry Car Park

For more information: Call - 0141 280 3834 Email -

Other services

Community Addiction Team

We can help and support you with the following if you have are experiencing harmful alcohol and / or drug use.

  • Support to address harmful alcohol and / or drug use for people aged 16 and over
  • An appointment to talk to us in confidence about the problems you are experiencing
  • A full assessment of your needs with a recovery plan for your care and treatment with regular reviews
  • A range of 'talking therapies' and medical treatment to assist your recovery journey with a range of goals including becoming alcohol and drug free, controlled use and harm reduction
  • Assessment for alcohol detox
  • Medication assisted treatment for opiate use, including rapid, ideally same day, access to treatment where it is clinically appropriate, and support to make an informed choice on what medication is best for you.
  • Protective medications for alcohol use
  • Mental health and physical health assessment for alcohol and drug use cases
  • Access to group work programme
  • potential for access to residential rehabilitation through an established service user pathway, following a care plan review by the worker and service user.
    Read the Residential Rehabilitation Pathway report (PDF) [280KB]   Please note: This document may not be fully accessible to all. If you require a printed version please contact the community addictions team.

Community Recovery Team

We can support you to progress in your recovery, including:

  • Support to remain free from harmful alcohol and / or drug use
  • A recovery plan with regular reviews
  • One to one support
  • Group work programme of recovery
  • Links to wider community resources
  • Support with personal development including education, training and employment
  • Referrals to peer support for recovery, where workers use their lived experience to support you in planning your recovery and setting goals

Family Support 

We can support adults aged 16 and over experiencing a loved one's harmful alcohol or drug use

  • One to one support, providing specific information about alcohol and drug use, behaviour change and some practical approaches that may be helpful to the family member. 
  • Family members can access this support even if their relative isn't involved with the service. 

How do I access the service?

There are a range of ways to access the full range of services provided, including alcohol and drug treatment and support, progressing with recovery and family support.

You can be referred by your doctor or other professional services.

You can also self-refer by:

Out-with these times or in a non-emergency, please contact NHS 24 on 111. If you have a life-threatening emergency, then call 999.

Following a near fatal overdose, East Renfrewshire residents can refer themselves, or a friend or family member, to the Overdose Response Team. email or call 08088 008 011.

Working in partnership

Partner agencies provide a range of services to reduce alcohol and drug related harm and support recovery in our communities.

Penumbra Peer Support Service

Community Addictions Services can refer people to Penumbra's East Renfrewshire Peer Support Service to benefit from the support of a worker with lived experience of mental health and recovery and develop a recovery plan and set goals.

Turning Point Scotland West Overdose Response Team

Harm reduction workers will respond to all near fatal overdoses within 48 hours and provide harm reduction advice and onward referral to addiction services.

RCA Trust Housing Support Service

Housing based support is provided to help people maintain their tenancy and support their recovery.

A range of services can refer people to RCA Trust, including Community Addictions Services, social work, community mental health team.

Information about Naloxone 

Naloxone is a life-saving drug that can reverse the effects of an opiate overdose.  Anyone can  Request a Naloxone kit from Scottish Families Affected by Drugs, which will  be posted out to them.  Naloxone can also be accessed from local services by calling the Community Addictions Service on 0141 577 3368 or emailing

If you would like to seek help for harmful use of any opiate, we offer fast and low barrier access to treatment.

East Renfrewshire Community Addiction Services provide access to Medication Assisted Treatment. This is the use of medication such as opioids (buprenorphine, including long acting, or methadone) in the treatment and care of people who experience problems with their opiate use. Psychological evidence based interventions and social supports are offered as part of a mutually agreed recovery plan. In line with the Medication Assisted Treatment Standards for Scotland, all people seeking support with their drug use have the option to rapidly start treatment, ideally on the same day, after they present to the service.  Anyone can self-refer by calling 0141 577 3368, dropping in to talk to the team at St. Andrew's House, 113 Cross Arthurlie Street, Barrhead, G78 1EE, or emailing

East Renfrewshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership (ADP), Community Addictions Service and other partners are working together to implement the 10 Medication Assisted Treatment Standards. Read the  MAT Standards implementation plan (PDF) [208KB]

Please note: This document may not be fully accessible to all. If you require a printed version, please contact Tracy Butler at or by calling 0141 577 3368.