Helpful Contacts

The SDT is not responsible for the contents of any of the websites listed.
However, we have found these sites interesting and useful:

British Doctors and Dentists Group (BDDG) Tel: 07792 819 966
The British Doctors' and Dentists' Group is a mutual help group for doctors and dentists who are recovering, or wish to recover, from addiction to or dependency on alcohol or other drugs. To find your nearest group & establish contact, email

The British Doctors and Dentists Families Group
A self-help organisation which exists independently but in co-operation with the British Doctors and Dentists Group (BDDG). Our aim is to support all family members who are suffering, or have suffered, from the effects of a doctor's or dentist's addiction.

Narcotics Anonymous
A nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for whom drugs had become a major problem, who meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

Alcoholics Anonymous
A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

Cocaine Anonymous 0300 111 2285 (mobile friendly) or 0800 612 0225 10am - 10pm Every Day
Email: A 12-Step Fellowship welcoming anyone who wants to stop using cocaine and all other mind-altering substances (including alcohol and other drugs).  There are many useful downloads on the website including Who is a Cocaine Addict?

International Doctors in AA
An organisation of over 6000 physicians, dentists, vets and other doctoral level healthcare professionals who have found recovery from addiction.

BMA Doctors for Doctors: Tel: 0845 920 0169
Offers counselling and support with access to financial and employment advice.  BMA Counselling helpling is staffed by professional telephone counsellors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Doctor Advisor Service - runs alongside BMA Counselling giving doctors and medical students the opportunity to speak in confidence to another doctor. Contact via the Counselling Service and ask to speak to a Doctor Advisor

Medical Council on Alcohol
A body of doctors and others with a professional interest in alcohol and alcoholism which aims to promote understanding of alcoholism, its treatment and prevention.

Doctors' Support Network (
A warm, friendly self-help group for doctors who have been troubled ... it seeks to reduce the isolation and stigma of mental health problems.  Doctors in the group have themselves been troubled at some stage in their lives, and help is offered to those who are beginning the process of re-establishing themselves after a breakdown or other mental crisis.

Is a branch of the Royal Medical Benevolent Society offering widespread variety of support for doctors including financial support.

Financial Help

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund
Provide financial support, money advice and information when needed due to age, ill health, disability or  bereavement.

The Royal Medical Foundation
Exists to support medical practitioners and/or their dependents who find themselves in financial hardship. or call 01372 821010

The Cameron Fund
This is the only medical benevolent charity which solely supports general practitioners and their dependents, whether financial problems are due to ill-health, disability, death or loss of employment. This includes both those who are already suffering from financial hardship and those who are facing it.

BMA Charities Fund Tel: 020 7383 6142, Mon to Fri, 09:00-17:00
The BMA Charities Trust Fund helps by giving grants to other charities which support doctors. They also help refugee and asylum seeking doctors with taking the PLAB exams. The BMA Medical Education Trust Fund gives grants to students taking medicine as a second degree, and the Dain Fund helps with the educational costs of the children of medical doctors in certain situations