Information and Support - Addiction (alcohol, drugs and gambling)

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by addiction, the following organisations may be able to help.


Drinkline is a confidential helpline for those worried about their own or someone else's drinking. They can put you in touch with your local alcohol advice centre for help and support.

Phone: 0300 123 1110


FRANK provides a confidential service to anyone wanting information, advice or support about any aspect of drugs.

Phone: 0300 123 6600

Online chat facility (2-6pm weekdays)

Visit the Talk to Frank site


Addaction has services throughout England and Scotland, that help adults, young people and their families recover from addiction and substance misuse problems.

Visit the Addaction website


DrugFAM provides support to families, friends and carers who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol, including addiction related bereavement support.

Phone: 0300 888 3853 (7 days a week 9am – 9pm)

Visit the DrugFAM website


AddictionNI provides support and treatment to people affected by alcohol or drug addiction in Northern Ireland.

Phone on 0289 066 4434

Visit the AddictionNI website

Know the Score

Know the Score provides confidential drugs information and advice across Scotland.

Phone: 0800 587 5879 (8am-11pm daily)

Visit the Know the Score site

Cocaine Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous provides opportunities to share experience, strength and hope to recover from addiction to cocaine and all other mind-altering substances.

Phone: 0800 612 0225

CA Scotland: 0141 959 6363

Visit the Cocaine Anonymous website

The National Gambling Helpline

The National Gambling Helpline, operated by GamCare offers confidential support, advice and free counselling to people concerned about their gambling, or the gambling of friends or family.

Phone: 0808 8020 133

Visit the GamCare website

Information and advice for young people

Visit the Big Deal website


Gam-Anon is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected by someone else’s gambling.

Visit the Gam-Anon website

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous provides opportunities to share experience, strength and hope to recover from alcoholism.

Visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, through regular meetings throughout the UK, where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism.

Alateen is part of Al-Anon, for teenage (12-17) relatives and friends of alcoholics.

Visit the Al-Anon website

The Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline

The Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline is a bilingual helpline providing information or help to individuals, their families, carers, and support workers.

Phone: 0808 808 2234 (24/7)

Visit the Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline website

Related Information and Support

If you have also been affected by debt, organisations listed on our Debt support page may be able to help.

You can see a list of current BBC Action Line support on the Action Line A-Z page.