Open Service

Family Support

Support for adults living in East Lothian affected by a loved one’s substance use (alcohol and/or drugs).

If you live in Midlothian please contact VOCAL on 0131 663 6869.

Providing support to someone who is using substances can make a huge difference in their recovery but it’s also crucial that you set boundaries to protect your own well-being. Substance use can impact upon the health and well-being of family and friends and it’s common to feel fear, anxiety, stress and anger as well as experiencing strains upon relationships, finances and wellbeing.

Please contact us for support so that you do not need to deal with the situation on your own. Appointments are held in a safe and confidential space and you will be listened to and not judged. We can offer information and advice and help you to find coping strategies to deal with the situation.
If you are struggling to cope, then please get in touch.

Naloxone – Saving lives

What is it? Naloxone is a medication used to block the effects of opioids, especially in overdose. It is only effective for opioid overdoses like heroin, methadone, opium, codeine, morphine and buprenorphine and will not work with any other drugs.

Why would I need it? It can often be family members, partners or significant others who are first on the scene of an overdose. This can be a frightening experience but learning about Naloxone and undertaking a short training session can help loved ones feel more confident in administering this medication in an emergency situation until other help arrives.

What will I learn? You will be given a short training session so that you:

  • Understand the causes of opiate overdose
  • Know how to recognise overdose signs
  • Know what action to take in the event of an overdose
  • Understand what naloxone is and how it is used
  • Have myths and misconceptions about overdose dispelled
  • Feel more confident in dealing with an overdose

Contact us for more information or watch the short video below.

Other Support Resources

Scottish Families Affected by Drugs – A free and confidential national helpline for anyone who has been affected by a loved one’s substance misuse. The helpline currently operates from 5pm – 11pm, seven days a week.

Call today on 08080 10 10 11. You can also email the helpline. Send an email to with details of what you would like help with. Your email will be confidential and your contact details will not be used for any other purpose. They have lots of good resources.

Frank – Honest information about drugs – a friendly, confidential drugs advice service plus and A-Z list of drugs and harm reduction advice. Telephone: 0300 1236600 or visit

At A Glance

Information and support

One to one support

Available to anyone living in East Lothian

Family Support Groups

Drugs Education


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

​Tel: 07843 339 958


MELD (East Lothian)

The Esk Centre, Ladywell Way, Musselburgh EH21 6AB

​Tel: 07843 339 958