Contact MELDAP

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


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Here you can find out more about what MELDAP does and more importantly where to go for help or information on alcohol and drug use as well as links to other useful websites. For our latest annual report click here and our delivery plan click here.

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking or drug use then getting help is the single biggest step you can take. If you wish help but are not sure what’s out there to help you then by clicking on the services icon you will see what alcohol and drug services are available in East Lothian and Midlothian.

MELDAP is a partnership, which includes Midlothian and East Lothian Councils, NHS Lothian, Lothian and Borders Police and the Voluntary Sector. Together the partners work to raise awareness of the work that is being done to reduce the harm caused to individuals, families and communities by the misuse of alcohol and drugs.

 Ourupdated service directory can be accessed here

Alcohol enjoys enormous popularity and special significance in Scottish society. It is used for relaxation, socialisation and celebration. Alcohol also plays a significant part in the Scottish economy employing thousands of people in its production, distribution and sale as well as generating important export and tax revenue.

While there is not a single drinking culture in Scotland we are as a nation drinking too much with 50% of men and 30% of women regularly drinking over the sensible drinking guidelines.*

*Men: 3-4 units per day, but not every day *Women: 2-3 units per day, but not every day

It is clear that the misuse of alcohol contributes to a wide range of health problems......


The use of illegal drugs has been part of our society for many years. Whether you’ve taken them or are just curious and want to find out more about them, knowing the facts is one of the most important things you can do. Ignorance is not bliss. Knowledge gives you the power to make decisions for yourself.

Many people will say drugs are just harmless fun. All drugs come at a price. That price can be problems with parents and friends, damage to your own health, behaviour that puts you and others at risk and even death.

The best way to avoid these problems is simple. Don’t use drugs...... Read More >>


Starfish Recovery Cafe

Loretto Community Hall, Newbigging, Musselburgh

Every Wednesday 11am until 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 that is drug and alcohol free where people can socialise and share their aspirations - but also a centre for the whole community to enjoy.

The cafe opens at 10am offering a host of tasty food for all to enjoy.

You can contact Starfish Recovery on 07843339963 or Email: starfishrecovery@yahoo.com

Horizons Cafe

Dalkeith Baptist Church, EH22 1JE

Every Monday 10am to 2pm and Friday 10am to 3pm (Download their new poster for details)

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.

Change Your Childs Thinking About Drinking Campaign

MELDAP have launched a campaign aimed at making parents think about the influence their drinking has on their children. Click on the Campaign Page for further information.

The poster can be viewed here.



LEAP have produced a new Patient Information Leaflet, click here to have a look.


Familiy members who have lost a loved one from substance-related death and suicide have written a booklet with the support of  Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs. The booklet can bee accessed on the SFAD website or by clicking here.


The Scottish Government have published the new Alcohol and Drug Strategy - Rights, Respect and Recovery. Click here to read the full strategy.


In working with colleagues from East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office, MELDAP support the White Ribbon Scotland Campaign, which involves men in tackling violence against women and girls, in the local 16 Days of Action Against Gender-Based Violence, which starts on the 25 November to the 10 December 2018.

Our colleagues from East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office are hosting their own White Ribbon event: Engaging men to stand up to violence against women and girls, on 28 November, 5.30-8.30pm, in the Brunton Hall, Musselburgh.

 This event is for men/young men from all walks of life and women who have access to a male audience who would like to understand the issues and get the skills to stand up to violence against women and girls. The event will also give you the opportunity to sign the white ribbon pledge ‘I pledge never to commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women in all its forms’, to become a local champion and get support on public speaking.

This is part of the local primary prevention campaign to deliver the Scottish Government/CoSLA Equally Safe strategy to prevent and eradicate violence against women and girls.

Would you or someone you know like to get involved – could be a colleague, volunteer, 5th/6th year or college/university student, employee …?

Then get in touch and please help us spread the word through your organisation/service and personal contacts.

Contact Neil Whettam at East Lothian and Midlothian Public Protection Office: emppo@eastlothian.gov.uk


Peer Support Group

A new Peer Support Group has started in Midlothian. It takes place on a Wednesday 11am to 1pm at St. Nicholas Buccleuch Church in Dalkeith. It is completely Peer led, it's informal and offers a combination of support, activities like darts/quizzes, along with a cuppa.

If you'd like more information or want to talk to someone before you pop along please contact Pete on 07850367401.



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