Life with Alcohol and Drugs
Episode 16 - Mindfulness with Stephanie Part 3

Episode 16 - Mindfulness with Stephanie Part 3

July 22, 2022

Carrying on in our mindfulness series, we are bringing you the final part of 'Mindfulness with Stephanie'. These short sessions will go through different practices and techniques for our listeners. 

Part 3 is all about the STOP practice which stands for: S is for just stop. T is for take a breath. O is for observe what's going on within yourself at the point in time where you are stopping. P has several meanings: it can mean to pull back, get some perspective, and then proceed with whatever is going in in your day. This useful practice can be all you need for your day.

Mindfulness Scotland website: https://www.mindfulnessscotland.org.uk/ 

Transcript of this episode: https://www.sfad.org.uk/life-with-alcohol-and-drugs-podcast 

Episode 15 - Mindfulness with Stephanie Part 2

Episode 15 - Mindfulness with Stephanie Part 2

July 8, 2022

Carrying on in our mindfulness series, we are bringing you part two of 'Mindfulness with Stephanie'. These short sessions will go through different practices and techniques for our listeners. 

Part 2 is all about a gratitude practice which can support you if you are stressed and help you overcome stressful feelings.

Mindfulness Scotland website: https://www.mindfulnessscotland.org.uk/ 

Transcript of this episode: https://www.sfad.org.uk/life-with-alcohol-and-drugs-podcast 

Episode 14 - Mindfulness with Stephanie Part 1

Episode 14 - Mindfulness with Stephanie Part 1

June 27, 2022

Welcome to another episode of Life With Alcohol And Drugs. In this special episode, we are bringing you part one of 'Mindfulness with Stephanie' which will be a 3-part series. These short sessions will go through different practices and techniques for our listeners. 

Part 1 is all about a grounding practice with a short background on mindfulness and how it can support you.

 

Mindfulness Scotland website: https://www.mindfulnessscotland.org.uk/ 

Transcript of this episode: https://www.sfad.org.uk/life-with-alcohol-and-drugs-podcast 

Episode 13 - A Deep Dive of Family Support in Scotland

Episode 13 - A Deep Dive of Family Support in Scotland

May 23, 2022

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs' latest report ‘There’s Only So Much One Person Can Do – A ‘Deep Dive’ into Family Support in Scotland’ has identified an ongoing lack of vital support services for families affected by someone else’s substance use.

We carried out a ‘Deep Dive’ of family support services across Scotland to get a better understanding of what family support looks like across the country and how well it is resourced.

In this episode, we speak to the report writer, Rebecca McColl (Policy and Research Assistant at Scottish Families) who shares with us the key findings!

You can read the whole report here.

If you are worried about someone else’s alcohol or drug use, you can contact our Helpline on 08080 10 10 11 / helpline@sfad.org.uk. Webchat is also available www.sfad.org.uk.

Episode 12 - With Kirsten in Fife

Episode 12 - With Kirsten in Fife

April 19, 2022

In this episode we speak to Kirsten Holland, the Fife Family Support Development Officer here at Scottish Families. She updates us on the service (after being in post nearly a year!) and tells us about her exciting presentation with the Saga University Hospital in Japan!

If you live in Fife and are looking for support, you can get in touch with Kirsten directly at kirsten@sfad.org.uk.

If you are worried about someone else’s alcohol or drug use, you can contact our Helpline on 08080 10 10 11 / helpline@sfad.org.uk. Webchat is also available www.sfad.org.uk.

Episode 11 - Scottish Families Book Group

Episode 11 - Scottish Families Book Group

March 22, 2022

In this episode, we are joined by Lena McMillan - the Forth Valley Family Support Development Officer for Scottish Families, and Beverly who is a volunteer with us. They chat about our Scottish Families book group which has now been running for over a year! They take us through some of the books they have read, the importance of reading, and what their all time favourite book is. 

The Scottish Families Book Group is for anyone who is currently being supported by one of our services in Scotland. We meet on the second Thursday of every month, from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. 

For more information or to join us, please contact Lena from our team lena@sfad.org.uk 

For a transcript of this episode, please visit our website - https://www.sfad.org.uk/life-with-alcohol-and-drugs-podcast 

Episode 10 - With Author John Taylor

Episode 10 - With Author John Taylor

February 22, 2022

In this episode, we are joined by Tich Watson who is the Scottish Families Connecting Families Development Officer and John Taylor who is the Friends and Family Lead for Turning Point.

John is here to chat about his new book ‘Alcohol Stole My Mum’, he shares his experiences, journey, and the process behind writing his book.

Alcohol Stole My Mum: Order a Copy - https://alcoholstolemymum.co.uk/

Please note that there are some scenarios spoken about and language used in this podcast that may cause upset to some listeners. We believe in letting speakers tell their truthful stories and using the language that is comfortable for them.

If you are impacted by anything you hear in this podcast, you can get in touch with the services below:

Scottish Families

Helpline: 08080 10 10 11
Email: helpline@sfad.org.uk
Webchat: sfad.org.uk

Scottish Women’s Aid

Helpline: 0800 027 1234
Email: helpline@sdafmh.org.uk
Webchat: womensaid.scot

Abused Men in Scotland

Helpline: 03300 949 395
Email: support@amis.org.uk

John was speaking to us as part of our new Bound Together project. To find out more visit our website - https://www.sfad.org.uk/communities/bound-together

For a transcript of this episode, please visit our website - https://www.sfad.org.uk/life-with-alcohol-and-drugs-podcast 

Episode Nine - Fundraising Challenges with Christina

Episode Nine - Fundraising Challenges with Christina

January 27, 2022

In this episode, our Fundraising Manager Sarah is chatting to Christina, who took on a fundraising challenge in 2021 for Scottish Families. Sarah also gives some tips and advice if you're looking to do your own Scottish Families fundraising challenge in 2022. 

Register for an event here.

We hope you’re ready to take on a fundraising challenge this year!

All of these events are ready to book now – just fill in our form below and our Community Fundraiser Clare will be in touch with full details on how to get involved and fundraise in 2022. clarem@sfad.org.uk

If you’re worried about somebody else’s alcohol or drug use you can contact Scottish Families on 08080 10 10 11 or by email at helpline@sfad.org.uk. We also have webchat and further information on our website www.sfad.org.uk. 

Episode Eight - Support Over Christmas

Episode Eight - Support Over Christmas

December 16, 2021

In this festive episode, we're joined by the lovely Lynne, who is our senior Family Support Development Officer, here at Scottish Families. 

We're talking all things Christmas, some bits of advice for over the Christmas period, and also we've had some family members share insight into what their Christmases are.

Our Helpline will be open over the festive period and you can find out more information here.

Thank you for listening, if you’re worried about somebody else’s alcohol or drug use you can contact Scottish Families on 08080 10 10 11 or by email at helpline@sfad.org.uk. We also have webchat and further information on our website www.sfad.org.uk.

Episode Seven - Alcohol and Relationships #AlcoholAwarenessWeek

Episode Seven - Alcohol and Relationships #AlcoholAwarenessWeek

November 19, 2021

For this special episode for Alcohol Awareness Week, we’re joined with Daryl McLeister, the Family Support Development Officer for our Inverclyde Family Support Service and Colin McIntosh, the Family Support Development Officer for our East Dunbartonshire Family Support Service. They both also run our Men’s Family Support Group!

To find out about support available in Inverclyde contact Daryl directly on 07554 686672, email: daryl@sfad.org.uk or call our National Helpline on 08080 10 10 11.

Colin McIntosh is the Family Support Development Officer for East Dunbartonshire, contact Colin directly on 07487675621, email: colin@sfad.org.uk 

Find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week here.

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