Our primary aim is to coordinate the design, delivery and evaluation of drug and alcohol services across East Lothian and Midlothian.

This will ensure that services are needs-led, based on evidence of what makes a difference, and delivered in an effective and efficient way which provides value for money. A key component of this approach is that services are designed around the needs and aspirations of service users, who are given the opportunity to play a role in services design, delivery and evaluation. Such an approach is not without its challenges. If successful, it will ensure that service delivery provides what service users say they need, rather than what it might be assumed that they need.

We are committed to the principle of recovery. This has the objective of moving people on from where they find themselves when they first engage with services, to the high level of recovery which is appropriate to them. Recovery can mean a move towards abstinence, stability, self-development or employment.

Issues to do with Drugs and Alcohol affect people from all walks of life and in many different ways. We commission a number of drug and alcohol services available to people in Midlothian and East Lothian.

Services provide treatment and support to people with substance misuse problems and to those affected by the substance use of others. These services are provided by a range of statutory and voluntary agencies. If you would like advice or support, a list of local services can be found on the MELDAP website.

Background

Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP) was formed in November 2008. This brought Midlothian and East Lothian's two drug and alcohol action teams (DAATs) together to form a new partnership with high-level representation from East Lothian and Midlothian Councils, NHS Lothian, the voluntary sector and Lothian and Borders Police.

Contact

Midlothian and East Lothian Drugs and Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP)

[email protected] / 0131 653 5162