Contact MELDAP

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


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.

MELD operates a Peer Support Service in partnership with the CLEAR Project. The service offers motivational interventions and support for clients wishing to attend appointments or groups for the first time from a Peer Support Worker with lived experience..

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

Family Support: in the Direct Action and Support Service (DASS) we provides an intensive, flexible family based support for families impacted by problematic parental substance use. We offer support based on each families individual needs over a period of approx. 16 weeks - providing pratical and emotional support to help parents identify changes they would like to make in their lives  and working alongside them to help achieve their goals and make positive changes. Our support is based on an understanding that substance use is often linked to childhood trauma and ACES - in supporting parents and families to help their children, we recognise it is also important to help them address their own needs. We work alongside the children 1st ParentLine Service to offer additional out of hours support.

Peer Support: we offer 1:1 support for parents impacted by their own problematic substance use. This is provided by our Parental Peer Suppot Worker, offering pratical and emotional based support, using their own lived experience to help parents on their own recovery journey.

The Children 1st Midlothian Young Carers Service provides support and advice tailored to meet the individual needs of young people who are caring for a dependant relative at home. This recognises both the emotional and physical impacts of their caring role, with support offered through imdividual and group based activities.

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.

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 peopl in Midlothian.  MYPAS' Alcohol and Drug service offers one to one support for youn people (12-21 year olds) who want information, advice and/or on-going support for their drug and/or alcohol use.  The alcohl and drug team also provide preventative group programmes and diversionary activities.

Please see the MYPAS webiste (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 someone else's alcohol or drug misuse. This service provides free, confidential, one-to-one and group support, as well as workshops and training.

VOCAL hold SMART meetings for family and friends twice a month on a Thursday. Please call the service for more information.

Narcotics Anonymous

PO Box 235

Helpline: 07071 223441
Website: www.UKNA.org
Email: NAHelpline@ukna.org

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.

There is ameeting held on Thursdays in dalkeith at 7.30pm.

There are 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.

Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

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

Monday-Thursday: 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.

ELCA run a Women's Alcohol Recovery Group on a Tuesday at 1pm..


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

Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm

LEAP is a programme for people dependent on drugs and/or alcohol who want to achieve drug and alcohol free recovery (abstinence). 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 everyday. It is for people living in Edinburgh and the Lothians and is a programme based on abstinence from all drugs, including alcohol.

Referrals are welcomed 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.

Harm Reduction Team

22-24 Spittal Street
Tel: 0131 537 8300

Monday,Wednesday,Thursday, Friday: 10am to 4pm
Tuesday: 1pm – 5pm

The Harm Reducation 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 mean and men working in the sex industry.  Drop in dental and wound clinics are also provided.

Wound Care clinic every Thursday 10am - 1pm
Women's clinic every Thursday 2pm - 7.30pm
Dental Drop in, Monday, Wednesday and Fridays 12.30pm - 3pm.

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 / 0207403 0888
Email: enquires@al-anonuk.org.uk
Web: www.al-anonuk.org.uk

Monday-Friday: 10am to 4pm

Al-Anon provides support for anyone whose life is, or has been affected by someone else's drinking. Families and friends of people with alcohol problems share their experience in groups. A number oa Al-Anon group meetings are held across Edinburgh and the Lothian's.

There is a meeting on Mondays at 8pm in Herdmanflat Hospital, Haddington.

Midlothian Sure Start

14-15 Bogwood Court
Tel: 0131 654 0489
Web: www.midlothiansurestart.org.uk

Sure Start has a number of centres throughout Midlothian offering a range of services geared towards meeting the needs of service users.  Project users - (families with young children - including dads) are provided with holistic support.  There is an awareness that project users are affected by issues such as poverty, inequalities, enviroment, housing etc, so we have developed a range of services and entered into a number of strategic partnerships to provide project users with choices that can help them take control of their lives and improve their health, (mental and physical) and economic prospects.

Newbattle Health and Wellbeing drop-in

Every Monday 3.30pm-5.30pm @ Newbattle Community Learning Centre

Newbattle drop-in health and wellbeing drop-in runs every monday from Newbattle Community Learning Centre in Newtongrange. The drop-in times are 3.30pm-5.30pm. The drop-in exists to provide health and wellbeing services for young people aged 12-21 years and is delivered jointly by MYPAS, Midlothian Council and NHS Lothian School Nursing. The drop-in is accredited by Healthy Respect.

Young people can turn up without an appointment and can receive advice, information and services about sexual health and relationships, mental health, substance use and other aspects of health and wellbeing. Young people can access free condoms as the drop-in is part of the c:card service as well as pregnancy testing and emergency contraception. Staff can also refer young people onto specialist services including counselling and drugs and alcohol support.

Newbattle Health and Wellbeing drop-in, Newbattle Community Learning Centre, 67 Gardiner Place Newtongrange, EH22 4RT

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