Contact MELDAP

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


Starfish Recovery Cafe

Loretto Community Hall, Newbigging, Musselburgh

Every Wednesday 11am to 2pm

Starfish Recovery is East Lothian's first recovery cafe. The cafe is run by people in recovery, carers and volunteers, they offer a safe place this is drug and alcohol free where people can socialise and share their aspirations - but also a centre for the whole community to enjoy.

You can contact the group on starfishrecovery@yahoo.com or 07843339963.

Horizons Cafe

Dalkeith Baptist Church, EH22 1JE

Every Friday 10am to 3pm

Horizons Cafe is Midlothian's first Recovery Cafe.  We provide a safe, clean, sober  and recovery focussed environment that all people of a similar mind are welcome to come. The Cafe is run and operated by people in recovery or affected by addiction.

Children are very welcome and can even participate in craft activities!

So if you need a chat, some nice food or just a place to be safe around people who understand you, then come along.

Recovery Connections

In September 2014, the MELDAP Strategic Group accepted the report "Building a Recovery Orientated System of Care in Midlothian and East Lothian" with its recommendations in full. One of the recommendations was that MELDAP establish a pilot Recovery Network to nurture, support and develop an ethos of recovery amongst individuals in recovery, their families and the wider community.

In May 2015 McMillan Rome Ltd was commissioned to take this work forward. The work was timetabled into three phases;

1) Develop structure and constitution of network

2) Develop support structures, activity streams and grant funding

3) Review and exit plan


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 qualifications and further your training.

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

Recovery Services

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 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 Lothian's and is a programme based on abstinence from all drugs including alcohol.

Referrals welcomed from your GP, Voluntary Sector, a Specialist Service or any professional involved in your care.

Recovery Related External Links

Inexcess TV:


Inexcess TV uses the power of personal experience, television and the internet to help people when drink, drugs and other excessive behaviours have become a problem in their life, or the lives of others.

Lifecoach Directory


Lifecoach Directory provides a great support network of life coaches, allowing you to find a life coach close to your area and suitable for your needs.

The National Institute of Drug Abuse:


The National Institute of Drug Abuse is an American site which provides an extensive range of information and publications for professionals , recovery, addictions, counselling.

SMART Recovery:


SMART Recovery’s purpose is to help individuals seeking abstinence from addictive behaviours to gain independence, achieve recovery and lead meaningful satisfying lives.

UK Drug Rehab:


UK Drug Rehab is a privately funded, non-profit making project that aims to provide free, unbiased information on drug addiction, alcoholism, substance abuse, addiction treatment, drug rehab clinics and services.

The UK Drug Policy Commission:


The UK Drug Policy Commission (UKDPC) is an independent body providing objective analysis of UK policy. It aims to improve political, media and public understanding of drug policy issues and the options for achieving a rational and effective (evidence led) response to problems caused by illegal drugs.

The Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium:


The Scottish Drugs Recovery Consortium (SRDC) is an independent charity established to drive and promote recovery for individuals, family members and communities affected by drugs across Scotland.