North Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol Centre - A Fresh Start

image Nedac evolved from the HIV and AIDS epidemic in the 1980's and was started by local residents in direct response to this, and we have been at the forefront of the harm reduction approach in Edinburgh. Reducing associated harms of substance use underpins the work we do and this appraoch has an effective and lasting impact on the people we work with. We have a long history on working with the hard to reach groups in NW edinburgh working directly with the local community to allow this engagement to happen.

We have provided a specialist substance misuse service in the local community for 32 years and have a proven track record of responding quickly and creatively to changes in the nature and patterns of substance misuse.
NEDAC recognises that one service cannot meet the varied needs of our service users in isolation; therefore put significant effort into identifying and building partnerships with local agencies which included related and complementary services, forming strategic alliances and pathways for individuals into, through and out of treatment to provide a more comprehensive range of solutions.

We successfully delivered the "Recovery initiation" approach developing a holistic assessment, and package of care to allow individuals to progress in their recovery. We have a proven track record in preparing people for their long term recovery which is evidenced in our discharge outcomes and longer term outcomes following a 3 month review.

Unfortunately we were unsuccessful in our bid to continue service, with the contract being given to Lifeline who are a large national organisation who will continue to provide the Triage, needle exchange and Substance Misuse Service from the existing premises.

Nedac will continue to exist however we are not accepting referrals at this time, but will continue to work with some of our existing complex needs clients. Reducing the associated harms of substance use underpins our work which has resulted in NEDAC having an effective and lasting impact. This depth of experience and effectiveness in delivering harm reduction and recovery initiation services in the North West community has informed our future approach. Our focus will be to secure sustained funding to continue and expand a service to work with the more complex, hard to engage dual diagnosis client group and will incorporate seminars, training packages, consultancy with a view to accept direct referrals in the future.

Mission Statement

NEDAC's underlying philosophy of care is that every individual should have the opportunity to change their lives for the better and move away from dependence on any substance. Clients embark on the road of addressing their substance problems and subsequent related issues that enables progression to a substance free environment. We expect every client to experience a positive caring engagement where the service is an important part of recovery and progression. Our vision, mission and values are based on four practical principles of operation - to promote recovery, to foster independence, reducing dependence and improving lives. We:


Promote Recovery through balanced treatment systems, which take account of the varied and individual nature of recovery, recognise diverse needs, and are underpinned by a competent workforce.
Foster Independence to allow individuals to behave in ways that allow them to achieve their full potential and contribute positively to their families and communities and also to avoid incurring harm to other people in general.
Reduce Dependence on the need for substances and the reliance on services. We know that recovery from problematic substance use is a process that involves not only achieving control over drug use, but also improving health and well-being and building a new life, which includes family and social relationships, education and employment.
Work on Improving Lives as we believe in real and sustained change for individuals, families and communities.

Change is built through the provision of a responsive local service, where every engagement counts towards a meaningful individual recovery experience. Focus should placed on the individual assuming responsibility for their own behaviour and by working with them in a "non-judgmental" and "person centred/holistic" way which facilitates the client in exploring all aspects of their life and life problems which have arisen through their substance misuse. A harm reduction ethos informs practice throughout our organisation, with harm minimization and health education as an integral part of the work. We will work with people who are experiencing significant mental health problems, addressing these in conjunction with specialised services and health professionals and also individuals at various stages of their substance use, from those wishing to become abstinent to those who do not wish to, or feel unable to change their pattern of substance use, but have associated problems/needs.

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