Training & Events


‘Blackout’ Live Theatre Production on Isle of Coll

A powerful, moving and honest study of alcohol addiction and recovery, the live theatre production Blackout is on this Saturday 21st May 8-9.30pm at An Cridhe on the Isle of Coll



New Psychoactive Substances Awareness Sessions

Argyll & Bute Alcohol & Drug Partnership are holding two Awareness raising sessions for young people on New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) delivered by ‘Crew’ from Edinburgh.

These sessions will be held from 4 – 9pm on Tuesday 17th May in Oban Youth Cafe and Wednesday 18th May in Lochgilphead Community Centre. See posters for more details.


31 August 2015 – International Overdose Awareness Day

International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) is a global event held on August 31st each year and aims to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of a drug-related death. It also acknowledges the grief felt by families and friends remembering those who have met with death or permanent injury as a result of drug overdose.

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Big Day Out – Inverary 23 July 2015

Pictures from the ADP marquee at the Big Day Out, Inverary Castle on the 23rd of July 2015.

Visitors at the ADP Marquee – Big Day Out Inverary 23 July 2015

In the marquee


Inside the ADP marquee at the Big Day Out

Craig McNally from the NHS, Carol muir and Sarah Marquis from the ADP Support Team and Jen Goff from Waverley Care at the Big Day Out in Inverary


Celebrating Youth Achievement in Argyll and Bute

The second Argyll and Bute Celebrating Youth Achievement event the AB Awards will take place on Thursday 24th September 2015.

Argyll and Bute Youth Services in partnership with Argyll and Bute Youth Forum are once again organising an event to celebrate Youth Achievement; which we plan to hold in September 2015 in the same form of a glitzy, red carpet, black tie award ceremony. The awards are designed to recognize young people’s achievement within the community and an opportunity to showcase the positive impact young people are making in our society.

View the AB Awards poster.

Want to nominate someone, click here for a form.

Visit the Young Scot website.



New guidelines to support people bereaved through alcohol or drugs

On Tuesday 23 June, at an event in London, researchers from the University of Bath with colleagues from the University and Stirling launched a set of practice guidelines aimed at providing meaningful support to people who have lost a relative or friend to alcohol or drugs.

The guidelines, based on findings from a three-year Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)-funded project, suggest that those left bereaved after a drug or alcohol related death often receive poor, unkind or stigmatising responses which can exacerbate their grief.

The study interviewed 106 bereaved adults, the largest known qualitative research sample of its kind, and held focus groups with 40 members, mainly practitioners (some also bereaved), whose work brings them into contact with this group.

While some bereaved people reported positive experiences, the study has identified much poor practice resulting from practitioners not understanding this kind of death and the issues involved.

See the full report here.



Hepatitis E Update

Reports of Hepatitis E (HEV) infection have increased in Scotland over recent years, as elsewhere in the UK.  Laboratory reports (Scotland) have increased from 13 in 2011, to 161 in 2014.  Although some of this increase may be due to increased testing, it is also believed to reflect a real increase in incidence.  In developing countries it’s a leading cause of acute viral hepatitis, globally accounting for 70,000 deaths and 3,000 stillbirths.

Click Here to see the update.


New interactive film tackles the safety myths of “legal highs”

 Police Scotland issed the following. 

An interactive online film for teenagers which aims to bust the safety myths around so-called “legal highs” has been launched.

Children as young as 12 years old have been hospitalised after taking new psychoactive substances (NPS), prompting investigations by police into how young people access and take them.

The video can be accessed through the following link: Choices for Life

Click here to view the full article at Police Scotland.


Scottish government takes case for minimum unit alcohol pricing to Europe

The Scottish government is taking its case for minimum unit pricing on alcohol to the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg today.

The court hearing will enable EU member states to take the opportunity to make representations on the Scottish government’s proposal to introduce a 50p minimum price for a unit of alcohol.

Click here to read the article 


Recovery Walk Scotland 2015

On Saturday 19th September 2015 Recovery Walk Scotland will be assembling on Glasgow Green to walk the city centre route that will take us up High Street, through George Square and making our way back to the Green via Clyde Street. 

Find out more at the Scottish Recovery Consortium site.