Drug Counselling

Crew is a specialist agency engaging with psychostimulant drug users and is currently limited to those in the Edinburgh area.

What is drug counselling?

Drug Counselling is a place where you can explore your drug use, together with an experienced practitioner who is not involved in your day-to-day life. This may give you the chance to make both big and small changes regarding your drug use and your life in general. It can also be a place where you can talk about difficult issues, which might have troubled you for some time, with the knowledge that you will be met in a non-judgemental way.

Our experience of providing drug counselling is that there are no magic wands - counselling can be a challenging and emotional experience - but change is definitely possible and sustainable.

To read evaluation of our service by University of Edinburgh you can download here.


You can also visit our downloads section for more reports

What do we offer?

The drug counselling we offer is 'Person Centred' and goal orientated. This means that it is led by your individual needs and takes place at your pace. It offers a regular time and confidential space where you, together with the practitioner, can look at:

  • Where you are at the moment and how you got there
  • Where you want to be and
  • How you can get there

What can you expect?

  • An opportunity to explore if you want to stabilise, reduce or stop your drug use
  • A qualified practitioner with specific knowledge of psycho-stimulant drug use
  • A non-judgemental approach
  • To be treated as an individual
  • Not to be discriminated against for you gender, religion, sexuality, race or any other characteristic
  • Not to be told what to do, but a space to work out the best options for you.
  • Some suggestions for drug management techniques
  • A space where you can or/and difficult experiences
  • An environment that allows you to learn about your thoughts and emotions
  • Opportunities for you to review your progress regularly
  • To be put in contact with, or work alongside other agencies if that is what you want
  • The process can be hard work and challenging at times but, it can and does help bring about change in people's lives
  • In general, you will be offered up to 20 appointments, usually on a weekly basis and usually lasting up to 1 hour
  • Confidential 'one to one' sessions

How confidential is it?

Confidentiality means that what is said will remain private between you and the practitioner. However, if a situation arose where you are a serious risk to yourself or others, particularly children, your practitioner would be legally bound to discuss with you how to manage this and who else may need to be informed.

Being at serious risk to yourself does not generally include the use of drugs or activity surrounding drug use.

How do I get an appointment?

  • You can refer yourself by phoning us, you can speak directly with a practitioner if you have questions about the service
  • With your agreement your GP, social worker or agency worker can also contact us and we will then get in contact with you directly.
  • Initially we will only need your contact details.
  • We will contact you to set up an assessment within two weeks
  • Following assessment you will placed on a waiting list until a practitioner becomes available. During this time we will keep in contact with you and encourage you to attend the free complementary therapies Crew offers.

We will also offer you weekly or fortnightly 20 min waiting appointments where you can check in with us, keep your motivation going and have the opportunity to discuss current issues surrounding your drug use and strategies to deal with them.

There is a separate leaflet explaining these sessions.

How to contact crew