Fife Alcohol Support Service or FASS has served the people of Fife since 1977.
The charity provides a range of services designed to meet the special needs of vulnerable people within the community who are affected by alcohol-related problems and substance misuse. FASS also provides help for carers of individuals in difficulty and for people who are socially isolated and vulnerable.
“FASS made me feel so welcome – I knew I’d come to the right place”
"Good service, anyone serious about sorting their life out should use the service”
“Felt comfortable, not judged”
FASS was formed to provide an alcohol counselling service in Fife and this remains a primary service of the charity to this day. This specialist therapeutic help for people suffering excessive drinking, dependency, or binge drinking, also addresses the inter-relationship between drinking and mental health, trauma, relationships, bereavement and other issues in life. FASS was early in recognising the often complex nature of alcohol-related problems and the need to develop services appropriate to people's needs.
Most people coming for help with their drinking either refer themselves or come via their GP. However, the service isn't just for drinkers, we also help partners and other family members. FASS Alcohol Counselling is provided in many Health Centres, Surgeries and community locations in Fife.
“This service has probably saved my life. Actually, I know this sounds a bit dramatic but it literally has”
“Better than any other service I’ve had. I can be honest and straight to the point. Feel progress”
Substance Misuse Services
In 2015, Fife Community Drug Service (FCDS) merged with FASS. Our Community Drug Service provides advice and assertive outreach support for individuals, families and their carers. This is specialist help for Opiate use and use of ‘recreational drugs’ including Benzodiazepines, Cocaine and Amphetamines. It’s also for people misusing Prescribed Medications.
Our ADAPT Recovery Support is the main drug and alcohol triage service in Fife. It's available by telephone and drop-in clinics. ADAPT provides assessment of need and referral to specialist drug and alcohol services within the NHS and Third Sector. A key feature of ADAPT is the ongoing outreach and counselling support it provides for vulnerable people who might otherwise drift away from services.
“Fantastic service that shows a way out for the people who think there is no hope”
“Gone beyond what was expected. Appreciated”
Our Curnie Clubs help people, suffering social isolation, find their way back into community life. Club Members benefit from therapeutic group work that enables social skills, confidence and abilities to emerge. Members become self-sufficient and self-sustaining, enjoying personal development through peer support and new-found friendships.
"My confidence and self-esteem have increased significantly and I have made new friends and reconnected with old ones. I had a great time a good laugh and learned a lot. My outlook is more positive with more motivation".
All our services are client-centred, focus on finding solutions and are based on evidence of effectiveness and models of good practice. We aim to provide services that help people achieve a personal-strengths based recovery. We help clients identify, build and utilise their own strengths and resources within a therapeutic environment that is non-judgemental, empathic and supportive.
Our alcohol and substance misuse services are delivered in-line with the Scottish Government's 'The Quality Principles: Standard Expectations of Care and Support in Drug and Alcohol Services'.
FASS is also active in the community, seeking to inform and educate about the scale and impact of alcohol and substance misuse. The charity promotes research and provides training in regard to prevention; early diagnosis and treatment; and sustainable recovery from alcohol-related problems and substance misuse.
FASS aims to improve the quality of life of people in Fife who are affected by alcohol-related problems, substance misuse or adverse health & social well-being.
Through equitable, accessible, Fife wide services, we will provide information and early interventions, psycho-social counselling and recovery support, for individuals and families affected by alcohol-related problems, substance misuse or adverse health & social well-being, whilst maintaining effective relationships with all relevant organisations.