At our bases in Dumbarton and Clydebank our staff and volunteers provide one-to-one counselling for clients with an alcohol-related problem, also for their partners and family members.

The aims of counselling are:

  • Help people to define their goals
  • Provide an insight into their problems
  • Develop problem solving skills
  • Support

Each individual who attends will complete at least one session with a counsellor and together they will agree what services DACA can offer to help them reach their goals. Counselling is also offered to family members to help them cope with someone else’s alcohol use. Counsellors also help each individual to access the wide range of supporting services offered by DACA so that each support package is unique and right for that person.

DACA’s aim is to help people learn how to support themselves without the need for alcohol and to live a healthier, happier life. This is not only beneficial to themselves but also to family, friends, and the wider community.

"It took me a while to pluck up the courage to telephone DACA and make an appointment as I was so nervous. I used to phone and hang up until one day I decided to speak. With the help and support I received from my counsellor my drinking has reduced and I can cope better.

Female Counselling Client


A variety of groups are offered to clients in Dumbarton and Clydebank, the aim is to enable them to mix with other service users in a safe environment thereby boosting self confidence and social interaction.

Our varied group-work programme includes:

Drop in Social Club
Women's Group
Walking Group
Gardening Group
Health and Well-being Clinics
Client Involvement Group

A range of activities which are tailored to meet the needs of specific groups are held on a regular basis. The activities are designed to improve self confidence, social skills, general health and create a sense of well-being.

"I'm now keeping fit and seeing different places. I especially enjoy the company of others in the walking group."

                                                                   Walking Group Participant

"Joining DACA is the best thing I've done."

Male Groupwork Client