“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”

Fife Alcohol Support Service or FASS has served the people of Fife since 1977.

FASS provides a range of services designed to meet the special needs of vulnerable people within the community who are affected by alcohol and substance related problems. The charity also provides help for carers of individuals in difficulty and for people who are socially isolated and vulnerable.

Since its inception, FASS has provided an alcohol counselling service in Fife. This specialist therapeutic help for people suffering excessive drinking, dependency, or binge drinking, also addresses the inter-relationship between drinking and mental health, trauma, relationship and other issues. FASS was early in recognising the complex nature of alcohol-related problems.

In 2015 Fife Community Drug Service (FCDS) merged with FASS. The charity’s new Community Drug Service provides confidential advice and 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.

Operational models for these services are client centred and designed to achieve personal strengths based recovery. The approach helps clients identify, build and utilise their own strengths and resources within a therapeutic environment that is non-judgemental, empathic and supportive.

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 and substance related problems.

“Gone beyond what was expected. Appreciated”

“Better than any other service I’ve had. I can be honest and straight to the point. Feel progress”

“Fantastic service that shows a way out for the people who think there is no hope”

“This service has probably saved my life. Actually, I know this sounds a bit dramatic but it literally has”

Our Vision

FASS aims to improve the quality of life of people in Fife affected by alcohol-related problems, substance use and adverse health & social well-being.

Our Mission

Through equitable, accessible, Fife wide services, we will provide information and early interventions, psycho-social counselling solutions, and recovery support, for individuals and families affected by alcohol-related problems, substance use and adverse health & social well-being whilst maintaining effective relationships with all relevant organisations.

Agency information

FASS is a Charity and a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in Scotland. Scottish Charity No: SCO10422. Company Registration No: 97502.

FASS is run by a Board of Trustees (Management Committee) responsible for strategic direction and governance of the agency. Operational management is devolved to the charity’s Service Manager.

FASS maintains strict financial control in its operations with accounts regularly monitored and subject to annual external audit as required by the Office of Scottish Charity Regulators (OSCR). Financial and service delivery reports are submitted to NHS Fife, Fife Council and Fife Alcohol & Drug Partnership.

FASS is an organisational member of COSCA (Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland) and of Alcohol Focus Scotland.