Contact MELDAP

Telephone: 0131 653 5162
Email: MELDAP@eastlothian.gov.uk


Gateway to Recovery

The Gateway to Recovery clinics bring together NHS and Voluntary Sector Services to provide a comprehensive assessment for people trying to cope with and overcome problems caused or affected by alcohol or drugs.

The clinic will be available on Tuesdays at 11am to 4pm at the Midlothian Substance Misuse Service, Glenesk Centre, 1/5 Duke Street, Dalkeith.

All services provided at the Gateway will be accessed through a drop in.

Recovery College

Adele Hill: 0131 260 9721

Transition in partnership with MELDAP have developed a Recovery College that will operate within Midlothian and East Lothian to provide people of working age, who are in recovery or are carers of people with addiction, the opportunity to participate in a free educational programme which will enable you to learn new skills, gain qualification and further your tarining.

Please speak to your worker who can refer you or call direct to self refer.

Midlothian Substance Misuse Service (SMS)

Glenesk Centre
1/5 Duke Street
EH22 1BG
Tel: 0131 660 6822

Mon-Thurs: 9am to 5pm
Friday: 9am to 4.30pm

Midlothain Substance Misuse Service brings together nurses, doctors, social workers and psychologists.  The service specialises in the assessment, care and treatment of people who have problems realated to alcohol and/or drug misuse. the Midlothian substance Misuse Service supports people to make positive changes to their lives.

Support is provided in many ways and in varying venues, such as, the Genesk Centre, other NHS Departments, GP's Surgeries and if approapriate at home. We can offer one to one appointments with clients, provide sign-posting to additional services that might be helpfulsuch as Mental Health teams, Blood Bourne Virus service, Sexual Health Clinics, Take Home Naloxone programmes, SMART Recovery groups, Coping Skills groups, information and introduction to the recently opened recovery cafe called Horizons, the dental programme of 'Wide-Smile' and wr are currently looking at starting another group to support Trauma through a skills programme and we also have 'Keep-Well' starting soon too, to review baseline health issues.

Our Gateway Clinics which offer self-referral to assessment continue and written information about these clinics can be obtained on request on the number above or fro, a variety of local venues such as libraries, chemists, Police and GP's to name a few.

Blood Borne Virus Clinic

Spittal Street Centre
22-24 Spittal Street
Edinburgh EH3 9DU

Tel: 0131 537 8300

Patients can attend the drop-in facility at this location.

Blood Borne Virus Clinic, offering testing for HIV, Hepatitis B & C, and vaccination for Hepatitis A & B. Referrals are received from all professionals including self-referrals. These can be sent to the BBV team, Spittal Street Centre, 22-24 Spittal Street, Edinburgh EH3 9DU or contacting 0131 537 8300.


MELD (Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs)

6a Newmills Road
Tel: 0131 660 3566
Email: office@meld-drugs.org.uk
Web: www.meld-drugs.org.uk

Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm

MELD aims to reduce the harm associated with substance misuse by providing free and confidential services for individuals whose lives are affected by drugs and alcohol. Provided in a variety of settings across Mid and East Lothian services include information, advice, support, client work with a couselling approach, needle exchange, family support, working with offenders, group work and auricular acupuncture.

The Family Support Service will work with any adult affected by a loved one's substance misuse. This support includes a one to one counselling approach, drugs education, complimentary therapies and stress management and a group work programme that takes place across Mid and East Lothian.

MELD offer Auricular Acupuncture sessions from our offices in Dalkeith. Auricular Acupuncture is a recognised and effective treatment within the substance misuse field. Attendance is by referral only and MELD also plan to reintroduce another group in East Lothian.

MELD deliver SMART Recovery groups across Mid and East Lothian with a clear focus on an individual's recovery using the SMART Model.

MELD offer other short term groups and previous courses have included well-being, activities, educational and computer groups. For further infromation on any of the above or to enquire about our current group work programme please contact MELD direct.

Children 1st (Midlothian)

Units 9-10
40 Hardengreen Business Park
Dalhousie Road
EH22 3NU
Tel: 0131 654 9540
Web: www.children1st @org.uk

Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm

The Midlothian Family Support service is an early intervention service, co-located and working in oartnership with adult service providers within the Substance Misuse Service in Midlothian.  They will support parents to recognise the impact of their substance use on their children and hlep them to ensure their children's needs are fully met.  They will work with children and young people, individually and in small groups to increase their self esteem, confidence and resilience.

The Midlothian Young Carers Service provides support and advice tailored to meet the individual needs of young people across Midlothian who find themselves caring for a dependant relative at home.  Their staff provides both individual and group activities amied at helping the young people enjoy their lives.

MYPAS (Midlothian Young People’s Advice Service)

Tollbooth Hall
176 High Street
EH22 1AY
Tel: 0131 454 0757 (Main Office)
  Or 0131 454 0819 (Connected/SMASH office)

Email: enquiries@mypas.co.uk
Web: www.mypas.co.uk

Monday - Friday 9am to 5pm (evening support appointments and group programmes are available)

MYPAS promotes the health and well being of young people (aged 12-25 years) in Midlothian.  MYPAS provides drug and alcohol services, street work, art therapy, counselling and sexual health drop-ins for young people in Midlothian.  MYPAS' Alcohol and Drug service offers one to one support for young people (12 to 21 year olds) who want information, advice and/or on-goingsupport for their drug and/or alcohol use.  The alcohol and drug team also provide preventative group programmes and diversionary activities.

Please see the MYPAS website (www.mypas.co.uk) for more information on our sexual health drop-in opening times and venues.

VOCAL Midlothian

30/1 Hardengreen Estate
Dalhousie Road
EH22 3NX

Tel: 0131 663 6869
Email: Midlothian@vocal.org.uk

Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm

VOCAL Midlothian supports all un-paid carers in all family and relationship settings. They have a dedicated Family Support Addictions Worker in place to support family members and friends affected by someones else's alcohol or drug misuse. This service provides free, confidential, one-to-one and group support, as well as workshops and training.

Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

91 Rose Street
Tel: 0131 337 8188
Email: elca@btconnect.com

Mon-Thurs: 9am – 9pm
Friday: 9am – 4pm
Saturday: 9am – 2pm

East Lothian residents can access ELCA services at the Esk Centre, Dunbar Medical Centre and the Musselburgh Primary Care Centre, while Midlothian residents can access Elca services at Bonnyrigg, Dalkeith and Penicuik as well as its base in Edinburgh.

ELCA services are open to anyone over the age of 18 who is worried about their own or someone else's drinking. Trained counsellors provide advice, information and couselling. ELCA accepts self and formal referrals, all referrals are administered through its main office in Edinburgh.

Narcotics Anonymous

PO Box 235

Helpline: 07071 223441
Website: www.NA.org
Email: elna111@ymail.com

NA is a non for profit fellowship or society of men and womenfor whom drugs had become a major problem. We are recovering addicts who meet reguarly to help each other stay clean. We have 19 meetings in Edinburgh and Lothian's, meeting throughout Scotland and the UK, so if you would like to come to a meeting and see what we have to offer, then contact us on our helpline number or on our email address provided.

LEAP (Lothian & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme)

Woodlands House
Astley Ainsley Hospital
74 Canaan Lane
Tel: 0131 446 4400

Email: leap.programme@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk
Web: www.nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk/Services/A-Z/LEAP

Mon-Fri: 9am to 5pm

Referrals welcome from your GP, voluntary sector, a specialist service or any professional involved in your care.

LEAP is a programme for people dependent on substances who want to get clean and sober. If alcohol is part of a wider drugs problem LEAP will also offer treatment. LEAP is a day programme based at Malta House in central Edinburgh which lasts three months and involves structured activities every day. It is for people living in Edinburgh and the Lothians and is a programme based on abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol.

Ritson Clinic

Open: 24 hrs

The Ritson Clinic is a 12 bedded detoxification ward based in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside, Edinburgh. The ward is for people for whom it is unsafe to detox in the community eg physical complications. The average stay is 12 days.

Ask your GP for referral to your Alcohol CPN.

Harm Reduction Team

22-24 Spittal Street
Tel: 0131 537 8300

Mon,Wed,Thurs, Fri: 10am to 4pm
Tuesday: 1pm – 5pm

The Harm Reduction Team offers a range of health and advice services for drug users, homeless people and men who have sex with other men.  Services offered by HRT include needle exchange. methadone programme, outreach service for men who have sex with other men and men working in the sex industry. Drop in dental and wound clinics are also provided.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Northern Service Office (Scotland)
Baltic Chambers
50 Wellington Street
Glasgow, G2 6HJ
Tel: 0141 226 2214; 0845 7697 555 (24hr helpline)
Email: Help@alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Web: www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk

Monday-Friday: 9am to 4.30pm
For information about AA meetings in the Lothians go to:


Alcoholics Anonymous is a group of people whose main purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. All members have had a problem with alcohol during their lives and are trying to recover.

Al-Anon Scotland

Unit 6 Mansfield Park
22 Mansfield Street
Glasgow G11 5QP
Tel: 0141 339 8884
Email: alanonuk@aol.com
Web: www.24dr.com

Monday-Friday: 10am to 4pm

Al-Anon provides group support to people affected by someone else’s drinking. Members share their experiences, strengths and hopes at meetings to help each other cope.
NB: Members are protected by a policy of anonymity.

Pink Ladies

Director of development, Maria Martin (Mobile) 07977279848
Course Director, Sheila Peaston (Mobile)07752795626

Email: pinkladies1st@hotmail.co.uk
Web: www.pinkladies1st.org

Pink Ladies 1st is a very successful Scottish Charity which provides Self Management Programmes for women experiencing stress, anxiety or depression. Our service brings a fresh, unique approahc to mental health. Through providing coping strategies, we empower, motivate and inspire women to take control, increase their confidence and self esteem and enable them to make long term positive changes to their lives. Our simple techniques are delivered with humour, in a safe, relaxed, easy to understand manner, putting women firmly back in the driving seat. For future programmes, please visit our website.

Alive and Kicking

Ninian Cassidy: (mobile) 07957845969

Alive and Kicking offer support to men who are experincing mental health issues including alcohol or substance dependency. The aim is to improve fitness and well being through football. In addition to the football coaching session there will be a peer support group, where you will meet others facing similar issues. The group will meet on a weekly basis and will take part in football leagues as well as receiving inspiration from guess football players and gain life skills to help manage your condition.


East Lothian - 01620 827 554
Pregnancy Support Service - 07903 822062

Circle provides two services across East and Midlothian, our first service, the Pregnancy Support Service, offers support to mothers with substance misuse issues during pregnancy (and up to 6 months post birth). Circle work with the whole family as we recognise the wider impact. The project can respond to a diverse set of needs. The services works across East Lothian and Midlothian. The second project Circle East Lothian works with children and families affected by their parental substance misuse.

Both services supports parents during recovery to greater acknowledge the impact on family life as well as offering direct support to children and young people. Both services adopt a strengths based/solution focussed approach. Referrers are encouraged to talk to project staff in the first instance - referrals from service users and professionals are accepted.

Other services may be available through an outreach service, please contact the service provider directly.