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 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.
Nedac will continue to exist however we are developing
a complex needs service for clients who have multiple complexities
including both Mental Health and Substance use who have
been assessed by social work as requiring a specialist package
of care and in receipt of self directed care payments.
Substance Use (Liccit, illicit, prescribed, non prescribed,
Multiple Complex Needs
Physical Health Problems
Borderline Personality Disorder
Repeated Hospital Admissions
Difficulty in accessing treatment/services
Excluded due to non compliance / behaviour
Frequent non attendee
Referral to our service is through the Social Work Alcohol,Drugs
and BBV team based at the Bonnington Centre, City of Edinburgh
Council, 200 Bonnington Road, Edinburgh. EH6 5NL, Tel: 0131
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.
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.