Helplines and Support Groups on the Costa del Sol

Child abuse, drink or drug problems, HIV/AIDS, Red Cross, cancer support - your helplines, support groups and emergency contacts on the Costa del Sol and in the province of Cadiz...

Below are the contact numbers for Spanish help lines and support groups. Note that there is no guarantee English will be spoken.


Organisation Contact
Drug Toxicology Helpline Tel: 915 620 420
Minors' Helpline Tel: 917 262 700
Golden Telephone for the Elderly
(Telefono Dorado de Atención a la Tercera Edad)
Tel: 900 222 223
Association for the Assistance to Victims of Sexual Assault
(Asociación Asistencia a Victimas de Agresiones Sexuales)
Tel: 954 905 649
Mistreated Women
(Mujeres Maltratadas)
Tel: 900 100 009
24-hour Information and Complaint Line for Women
(Telefono de Información y Denuncias)
Tel: 900 191 010
Samaritans of Spain: A volunteer organisation offering emotional support in English to people throughout Spain in distress or with suicidal feelings. All calls are confidential and numbers are not traced. Telephone support is available 24/7 Tel: 902 883 535

Spanish Red Cross (Cruz Roja)

The Spanish Red Cross provides help for drug addicts and their families, people affected by HIV, immigrants and the elderly. There are Red Cross assistance centres and help points all over the Costa del Sol and Andalucia. The centres offer emergency and psychological help and a meeting place and shelter. Further services include social integration classes and first aid courses, assistance in finding accommodation, treatment for drug addiction and mobile methadone units. Helping minors is a special priority.

  • Red Cross
    At: Cruz Roja Malaga, Paseo de la Farola, 29016 Málaga
    Tel: 952 217 631/2
  • Cruz Roja Española - Cádiz
    : Avda. Fernandez Ladreda 3, 11008 Cádiz
    Tel: 956 222 222

Support Groups

Drug and alcohol addiction support

Organisation Contact
Anti-drugs Agency Tel: 915 809 940
Red Cross Drug Dependency Tel: 914 291 960
Foundation for help against drug dependency Tel: 900 161 515
Drugs Prevention Tel: 913 659 208

Narcotics Anonymous: A 12-step program for recovering drug addicts. NA meetings in English are available on the Costa del Sol.

Alcoholics Anonymous: A 12-step program for recovering alcoholics. There are English-language AA meetings held on the Costa del Sol.

Adult Children of Alcoholics: A 12-step program for adult children of alcoholics. Online support meetings are available.

  • For ACA support on the Costa del Sol, Tel: 607 461 748

Eating disorder support

Overeaters Anonymous: A 12-step recovery program and support for those who are compulsive eaters.

Support groups for the elderly

Age Care Association: Group of volunteers in Mijas Costa that offers welfare information and advice as well as home and hospital visits to elderly members of the community.

Age Concern Estepona y Manilva: The Estepona branch covers the area from Sotogrande to San Pedro de Alcantara. Volunteers assist the elderly with Spanish paperwork, clinic and hospital appointments or help with shopping.

Support groups for children and parents

Aspandem: A parents' support group for couples with mentally disabled children. Aspandem has a secondhand shop in San Pedro de Alcantara; proceeds are channelled to needy children.

  • Aspandem (in Spanish)
    At: Avenida Principe de Asturias, San Pedro de Alcantara
    Tel: 952 787 650
    Open: 10:00-13:00 Monday-Saturday and 16:00-18:00 every Wednesday

Ciudad de los Ninos: Residential centre for disadvantaged children and young people; run by monks from the Catholic religious order Hermanos Obreros de Maria it is approved and monitored by the Andalusian Regional Government.

Horizontes: Non-governmental organisation helping young drug addicts and providing after-school clubs for underprivileged children in Marbella. It runs three day centres for children who have limited family support or who are HIV positive.

Cancer Support

Cudeca (Cuidados del Cancer): The Cudeca Cancer Care Hospice Centre in Benalmadena offers specialist nursing, hospice care and support to cancer patients and their families.

  • Cudeca
    At: Avenida del Cosmos s/n, Arroyo de la Miel, 29631 Málaga
    Tel: 952 564 910
    Fax: 952 564 922

Positively Pink: Charity dedicated to raising money to provide free breast screening to women in Malaga.