North Edinburgh Drug and Alcohol
Centre - A Fresh Start
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
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.