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 Thursdays at 11am to 4pm at the East Lothian Substance Misuse Service, The Esk Centre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh.

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

Recovery College

Adele Hill: 0131 260 9721

Transition in pertnership 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 qualifications and fruther your training.

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

East Lothian Substance Misuse Service

The Esk Centre
Ladywell Way
EH21 6AB

Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm
By appointment, or for enquiries call 0131 446 4853

ELSMS is a substance misuse service provided by consultant psychiatrists, GP (with special interest), psychologists, senior psychiatric nurses, substance misuse workers and occupational therapists.  ELSMS offers substitutes prescribing, advice and liaison with other services to benefit patients/clients wanting to make positive changes to their substance misuse to improve their lives. ELSMS is a partnership with NHS Lothian, MELD and ELCA.

ELSMS runs various groups including SMART Recovery and Coping Skills, these are run in partnership with NHS staff and MELD. We have Gateway Clinics where you can 'drop in' on a Monday at Roodlands Out Patients Department between 1pm to 4pm and on Thursdays at The Esk Centre between 11am to 4pm.

NEON (Needle Exchange Outreach Network)

NEON (Needle Exchange Outreach Network) is a bus providing outreach services such as needle exchange, advice, information and support and sexual health information.

This bus can be found at the following locations:

Tuesday 12.00 - 3pm

Olive Bank Road, Musselburgh, off Mall Avenue in car park near bandstand

Tuesday 4.00 - 6pm

15a Hunterfield Road, Gorebridge, Newbyres Medical Centre (small car park next to centre)


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.

First Step Community Project

37 Galt Avenue
East Lothian
EH21 8HU

Tel: 0131 665 0848
Email: info@firststepmusselbrugh.co.uk

First Step is a community-managed project that offers a range of support services for local families including: nursery education for children aged 1– 4 years, groups and courses for parents, a sleep clinic, support groups for grandparents,  young parents , parents with addictions and an Outreach Service. These groups are open to anyone living in the Musselburgh area. 

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.

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


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 Woodlands 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.

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

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.

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.

Prison Throughcare Service & Throughcare Addictions Service

Brunton Hall
Ladywell Way
EH21 6AF

TEL: 0131 665 2240

Emergencies & out of Hours: 01620 827 763

Prison Throughcare is designed to reduce reoffending by offering timely support in making the transition back to the community. It is for all East Lothian residents who are serving a sentence of less than 4 years or who are in the community having been released for up to 12 months. Relationships are built up by prison visits and continued for up to 12 months after liberation.

Prison Throughcare offers one to one support, identifying appropriate service for ongoing support/information, signposting and referrals, advocacy, harm reduction, advice and recover coaching. The service also liaises with agencies such as homeless/housing departments, drug treatment agencies, lawyers and family members.

Dads Work

C/o First Step Community Project
37 Galt Avenue
EH21 8HU
Tel: 0131 665 0848
Web: www.dadswork.co.uk

Dads Work is a community project working with fathers. It provides support groups, one-to-one support, positive parenting classes, workshopson the role of fathers, home visits, trips and outings for fathers and their children.

It provides a place for dads to meet other dads and tlak about their experiences.

Bridges Project

Bogpark Road
EH21 6RT

Tel: 0131 665 1621
Email: mail@bridgesproject.org.uk
Web: www.bridgesproject.org.uk

Monday - Friday: 9am to 5pm

Bridges Project is an indpenedent, local charity which offers a range of services to young people aged between 14 and 21 years to help them manage the transition from abolescence to adult life and responsibilities. Operating across East Lothian and Midlothain , the services include: employability supportand work practice placements; personal tutoring; transitions support from school; personal development; group activities and support with independant living. Services are delivered on a bespoke casework and group basis, based on need and personal aspiration. Participation is voluntary and the services are free and confidential. The work is undertaken in partnership with a wide range of statutory, voluntary and priavte sector partners, including schools. Referrals can be made by any organisation and self-referrals are welcome.

Find us on Facebook - Facebook/Bridgesproject and Twitter @BridgesPoject1

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.

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