Three Degrees of Success

LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) is celebrating three more patients successfully completing the innovative rehabilitation project- bringing the total number of graduates to 45 since the launch of the programme in September 2007.

Danny, Neil and Gary are the latest patients to complete the three-month programme and were presented with certificates by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh at yesterday’s graduation (Thursday 9th October).

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost met patients and staff involved in the service and heard at first-hand patients’ experiences at the latest graduation ceremony.

LEAP, the first of its kind in Scotland, is an abstinence programme for people dependent on substances who want to get clean and stay clean. The majority of graduates have signed up for the Transition Vocational Training Programme and attend five days a week.

Dr David McCartney, Clinical Lead of LEAP, NHS Lothian said:


I am absolutely thrilled that as we pass our first year of treating patients, success stories like today’s graduates continue to happen. In the end this is about the hard work that patients put in throughout the treatment process.
“It is their commitment, enthusiasm and determination that keeps them participating in the programme and enables them to learn to live without relying on alcohol or drugs.
“Recovery is a miracle in each individual’s life and it is a privilege to see it happen for our new graduates.”


Danny McNair, one of the latest graduates, said:
“LEAP gave me the tools and a solid foundation for the journey of my recovery.
  “The programme offered me a real sense of support, and showed me that you can recover from the disease of addiction.
“I feel I am now starting the next chapter of my life, looking forward to many happier times.
“I hope that more people are able to access the type of service which I received and are also given the chance to get their lives back on track.”
LEAP is a three-month, community-based, intensive day programme with supported accommodation provided by the City of Edinburgh Council.
Transition, part of Access to Industry, provides training and education courses to help equip patients with skills and qualifications to allow them to move on with their lives once they finish the programme. To date eleven former patients have gained SQA certificates with some going on to college.
The programme operates seven days a week and provides aftercare support as well as access to self-help groups.
The programme is funded by the Scottish Executive. The Robertson Trust has also provided additional funding.