Midlothian & East Lothian Drugs And Alcohol Partnership

Raising awareness of the work that is being done to reduce the harm caused to by the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

​MELDAP was formed in November 2008 with high-level representation from East Lothian and Midlothian Councils, NHS Lothian, the voluntary sector and Lothian and Borders Police, now Police Scotland.

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. A key component of this approach is that services are designed around the needs and aspirations of people who need support to address their alcohol and drugs use , and who are given the opportunity to play a key role in service design, delivery and how well they are meeting their needs including support for children, young people and families.

MELDAP and its services are committed to the principle of recovery through a person-centred approach with the aim of supporting people achieve their own recovery goals.


These plans are intended to ensure that services in the Midlothian and East Lothian Integration Authority areas are meeting the standards and the respective criteria for each standard as set out in the Drug Deaths Taskforce report: Medication Assisted Treatment standards: access, choice, support published in May 2021.

ELHSCPMAT Standards Final – Implementation Plan

MLHSCP MAT Implementation Plan

Public Health Alert

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 of all ages and backgrounds living in Midlothian and East Lothian. All services and how to refer can be found in the MELDAP service directory and a printable version can be accessed here.

While good progress has been made there is still challenges ahead such as those highlighted below by the people who use our services.

It is about catching people at the right time and having services to support that willingness to change.

We need a better recovery network, more events.

We have to challenge stigma-not being ashamed of your past, stigma affects the whole family.

Residential rehabilitation (known as rehab) programmes aim to support individuals to attain an alcohol and drug-free lifestyle and be re-integrated into society. They provide intensive psychosocial support and a structured programme of daily activities which residents are required to attend over a fixed period.

If you think you need access to residential drugs and/or alcohol rehabilitation, please contact

MELD Contact Service – 07843 339 958

Substance Use Service East Lothian – 0131 446 4853

Substance Use Service Midlothian – 01312859600

Council Contact Number – East 01620 827 827 / Mid 0131 270 7500





What We Do


If you are worried about you own or someone else’s alcohol and drug use and want to do something about it, here you’ll find information on how to can get help from a number of services, many local.


Everyday people recover from their problematic alcohol and drug use. There are many ways recovery can be achieved and here you will find the services and support to help you change.


People who use alcohol and drugs often face stigma, shame and discrimination, preventing them getting the help they need. We all have a responsibility to challenge stigma when faced with it.


People’s stories of change can help others understand what is possible. Here are the stories, poems, pictures and photographs from people who understand what can be achieved.


Families and friends are also affected when a loved one uses alcohol and drugs in a harmful way. Here you will find information about services and support available, including support for those with a caring role for someone affected by problematic alcohol and drug use.


For many young people, part of growing up means taking risks and, for some, experimenting with alcohol and drugs. Here you will find information about alcohol and drug use together with details of services for young people to help keep them safe.


Support comes in many forms. For many, online help and communities provide valuable contact with others who understand the situation and can provide support through their own experiences.



Information, support and training available for staff working with people using or affected by someone’s alcohol or drug use, which are often linked to other factors such as mental health, employment and violence. Includes service information to strengthen partnership working.

Recent News & Announcements

Here is an excellent video by our MELD peer worker team in East Lothian.

They have very kindly shared their experiences with us and we would encourage people affected by their own or others drug and alcohol use to watch this video.

Our colleagues share their messages of hope and recovery to encourage others in their recovery journey. This is a truly inspirational video!

Introducing Flash

A safe space for women supported by female workers from Substance Misuse Service and MELD.

New MELDAP Website

MELDAP are proud to announce the launch of our new website. It has been updated to provide useful...

Upcoming Events & Activities



Horizons Recovery Cafe

Every Monday 10 am

Event Info

Dalkieth Baptist Church, 8 North Wynd, Dalkeith, EH22 1JE



Connection Café

Every Tuesday 11am – 1pm


Event Info


Connection Cafe – Connecting with each other and supports.

Pop in for a cuppa, a bite to eat and speak to one of our peer support workers. Drug and alcohol support available for those who wish it @42 John Street, Penicuik, EH25 8AB




Starfish Recovery Cafe Warm Space

Every Wednesday 9am – 3pm

Event Info

Starfish Recovery Cafe Warm Space

A free warm space to come and chat or chill with a book or a board game.

9am – 3pm at Loretto Community Hall, Newbigging, Musselburgh.




Starfish @ The Lighthouse

Every Thursday 1pm – 3pm


Event Info

Every Friday 1pm – 3pm

West Loan, Prestonpans, EH32 9NT

Call Laura on 07843339963 for more information.

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MELDAP, Brunton Hall,          Musselburgh EH21 6AF


MON-FRI: 9am - 5pm
SAT-SUN: Closed

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0131 653 5162

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