Where To Get Help

The easiest way to get help in Midlothian and East Lothian is call the MELD Contact Service.


The MELD Contact Service is a 1 year pilot initiative, funded by CORRA and MELDAP. It is focused on offering information to the public regarding substance use enquiries and easy access to Substance Use Services in Midlothian and East Lothian, where appropriate.

Client/Patients looking to engage in substance use support services, or looking for information regarding substance use, are encouraged to call the Contact Service helpline and are engaged in a confidential, trauma informed, person centred conversation focussed on addressing their concerns and needs. They are then directed to the most appropriate service or combination of services to help them cope. A comprehensive range of services are available to the public, which include:


Midlothian Substance Use

East Lothian Substance Use


Peer Support

Family Support Services

SMART Groups

AA, NA, CA Fellowships

If you are requiring an engagement with MELD or Substance Use Services, a TRIAGE appointment is agreed where information is taken and a referral made to the most appropriate Service or combination of Services.
People are requested to contact the Service directly, by calling 07843 339 958.
All services and how to refer can be found in the MELDAP service directory printable version HERE and the web view version HERE.
In the event of an over dose here is a helpful document on how to respond.

Mutual Aid Groups

There are three separate organisations with similar approaches. The groups are fully self-supporting through contributions. They are not connected with any sect, denomination, politics, organisation or institution. Your anonymity is carefully protected with in all the groups. Anyone with a relevant problem may join, regardless of age, race, sexually identity, creed, religion or lack of religion. There is a good description of what it is like to use these groups at: (Click on each to visit their website)


SMART Recovery

SMART (Self-Management and Recovery Training) is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming and so on.
SMART Recovery teaches self-reliance and provides meetings that are educational, supportive and include open discussions.
The SMART Recovery site offers a really good video and introduction and all of the SMART tools are available, to visit it, click this link:  www.smartrecovery.org.uk



Local Meetings:

5.15pm – Volunteer Centre East Lothian
56 High Street, Tranent
9.30am – Starfish Recovery Cafe
Our Lady of Loretto, 15 Newbigging, Musselburgh
10.45am – Horizons Café, Dalkeith

11.30am – Fisherrow Centre, South Street, Musselburgh


Everybody can reach crisis point in their lives, if you find yourself in this place, please know you are not alone. There are many services/organisations out there that can help. In Midlothian and East Lothian we don’t think anyone in our communities should have to face going hungry. People can find out about their local foodbanks by clicking on the links below:

CAPS Independent Advocacy

Did you know you can have someone totally separate from all other services to help you say what you need and how you feel about things that affect your life?
CAPS Independent Advocacy helps people experiencing drug or alcohol use to have more control over decisions that affect them. Our advocacy workers will help you to explain your point of view and what you want to happen. They can assist you to have your say; get information you need to help you make your own choices and understand your options. Our advocacy workers can be by your side at meetings about health or benefits, for example. We can’t give you advice or legal representation on your situation ourselves or act as counsellors or befrienders.
We are independent of all other services such as health, the council and the voluntary sector. If you live in East Lothian or Midlothian, are aged 18-65 and have issues with drug or alcohol use our advocacy workers can help you – just email advocate@capsadvocacy.org or call 0131 273 5118.

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