Our Services

MELD aims to provide locally accessible, confidential and non-judgemental services to reduce substance use-related harm to individuals, families and the wider community across Midlothian and East Lothian.

Core Service

This service offers one to one support, group work, support and information to people living in Midlothian and East Lothian affected by substance use.

Needle Exchange Service

This service provides clean injecting equipment and advice on safer injection. It also provides information on related issues such as blood borne viruses.

Medical Support Services

MELD work in partnership with both East Lothian Substance Use Service and Midlothian Substance Use Service. Clients are referred directly through both services and can access a range of support, including medical intervention, to meet individual needs.


This service provides training to anyone over the age of 16 to raise awareness of opiate overdose and how Naloxone could help to save someone’s life. We can supply Naloxone kits to anybody who has undertaken this essential brief training.

Open Service (Family Support)

This service is for anyone living in East Lothian affected by or worried about someone else’s substance use. This service offers one to one support and group work.

Service User Involvement & Volunteer Opportunities

MELD regularly seeks feedback from our service users who tell us how we are doing and how we can improve the services we deliver. MELD welcomes enquiries from anybody who would like to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Dried Blood Spot Testing

Dried Blood Spot Testing is available for HEPATITIS B & C and HIV at the MELD offices.


Group Work

MELD groups include SMART, Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture and Mindfulness. All the groups and meetings run face to face as normal at the moment . These groups are free and easy to access. More information can be found by clicking on the links below.

Peer Support

This service provides motivational and practical support to people living in East Lothian affected by substance use issues. One to one support is offered by workers who have lived experience and recovery that is individual to each person.

Auricular Ear Acupuncture

Auricular (Ear) Acupuncture can be supportive to anyone struggling with withdrawal symptoms associated with reducing or stopping substances, including alcohol. This treatment can also help to reduce stress and anxiety levels.

Mindfulness & Self Care

This service offers assessment, stabilisation or reduction of substance use in partnership with medical staff from the East Lothian Substance Use Service.

Mindfulness sessions can help individuals to focus on the present and sessions can be beneficial alongside other supports to help with managing stress and anxiety symptoms. These secessions run on Wednesdays at the Starfish cafe at 12.30 pm.

SMART Groups

Self-Management And Recovery Training Open Meetings.  Face to face on Wednesdays at the Starfish cafe at 9.30 am,  Fridays at the Esk Centre at 11.15 am and Mondays at  the Volunteer Centre in Tranent at 5.15 pm.

You can also find out more information or join the online community at SMART recovery UK – www.smartrecovery.org.uk

Recovery Cafes

These are peer-led community organisations in both Midlothian and East Lothian aimed at supporting those in recovery from drug and alcohol use.

MELD (Midlothian)

Number 11, 11 St. Andrew Street, Dalkeith EH22 1AL

​Tel: 07843 339 958

Email: office@meld-drugs.org.uk

MELD (East Lothian)

The Esk Centre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AB

​Tel: 07843 339 958

Email: office@meld-drugs.org.uk

MELD receives funding from Midlothian & East Lothian Drugs And Alcohol Partnership (MELDAP) and Midlothian Council. 
​© MELD is an independent charity (SCIO) registered in Scotland, Charity Number SC022494.