FAQ’s

FAQs
• I think I am using too much alcohol/ drugs, who can I turn to?

If you can it is important to talk to someone close who can support you to get help, this could be a friend/ family member or maybe a health professional/ tutor etc.

Alternatively if you feel you are not ready to discuss things with someone close to you, you could attend one of the Caithness Alcohol and Drug Service drop-in clinics. These are confidential clinics where your information is kept anonymous unless you want to give your details. You can access a number of different options available to you in your recovery via these clinics: Mondays (except PH and 1st Monday of the month) at Out Patients Dept Caithness General Hospital 6pm-8pm. Wednesdays at Community Mental Health Team Dunbar Hosptial Thurso 11am-1pm. Thursdays at Community Mental Health Team, Bankhead Road Wick 2pm-4pm.

There are AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)meetings on daily please call 0845 769 7555 alternatively come along Monday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm in the Stepping Stones, Thurso. Monday + Saturday 8pm and Friday 6.30pm in the Haven, Wick. Wednesday 12 noon in the Chapel at Caithness General Hospital, Wick.

There are NA(Narcotics Anonymous) meetings on Thursdays 6.30pm in the Haven, Wick.

SMART meetings on Tuesdays 6pm at 2 Sweyn Road, Thurso
There is also online access to information via NHS inform, Crew2000 and Talk to Frank.

• I am worried about someone elses’ alcohol or drug use, who can I speak to?

You could attend one of the Caithness Alcohol and Drug Service drop-in clinics. These are confidential clinics where your information is kept anonymous unless you want to give your details: Mondays (except PH and 1st Monday of the month) at Out Patients Dept Caithness General Hospital 6pm-8pm. Wednesdays at Community Mental Health Team Dunbar Hosptial Thurso 11am-1pm. Thursdays at Community Mental Health Team, Bankhead Road Wick 2pm-4pm.
There is also an Al-anon Group available locally. They meet at 8pm every Monday evening in the conference room at Caithness General Hospital.
SMART Recovery UK have also have a weekly Friends and Family Group online.
There is also access to information online via NHS Inform, Crew 2000 and Talk to Frank.
• What is CDAF?
Caithness Drug and Alcohol Forum is a local group of people from a wide range of backgrounds working to build Recovery in Caithness, Protect the Community, Maximise the Health of our residents and improve support to children and families locally. For further information please see our About Us section.
• How do I access support?
There are a number of options for support in Caithness.

The NHS runs the Caithness Alcohol and Drug Service where you can self refer for support and treatment. Just call 01847 891224 or 01955 606915, alternatively attend one of their drop-ins: Mondays (except PH and 1st Monday of the month) at Out Patients Dept Caithness General Hospital 6pm-8pm. Wednesdays at Community Mental Health Team Dunbar Hosptial Thurso 11am-1pm. Thursdays at Community Mental Health Team, Bankhead Road Wick 2pm-4pm.

There are AA (Alcoholics Anonymous)meetings on daily please call 0845 769 7555 alternatively come along Monday to Friday 8pm, Saturday 5pm in the Stepping Stones, Thurso. Monday + Saturday 8pm and Friday 6.30pm in the Haven, Wick. Wednesday 12 noon in the Chapel at Caithness General Hospital, Wick.

There are NA(Narcotics Anonymous) meetings on Thursdays 6.30pm in the Haven, Wick.

SMART meetings on Tuesdays 6pm at 2 Sweyn Road, Thurso

• If I access support for recovery what information is passed on to the Police or Social Services?
The information you provide support services is confidential and will only be passed on if there is a risk to you or someone else. This would be discussed with you if this was felt to be the case.