25 Reasons to Celebrate - LEAP

LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) has celebrated the graduation of its twenty fifth patient from the innovative community based rehabilitation project.

Cameron is the twenty fifth patient to complete the three-month programme and received his certificate at the programme's latest graduation ceremony on Friday 13 June.

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


"This latest graduation marks a milestone for LEAP. I am delighted that twenty five patients have now completed the programme and have their life back on track.


"The programme is both intensive and demanding so our patients need to be motivated to get clean and stay clean. So I would like to congratulate today's graduates for showing the commitment and determination to reach this goal."

Cameron said:

"LEAP has given me something that I never had before - hope for my future. I now have the tools I need to deal with life.
"Since I came to LEAP the staff have put me at ease, showing me that I wasn't on my own and supporting me every step of the way.
"It is great to have this continual support and know that the team will always be there to guide me through the next stages of my life."

LEAP, the first of its kind in Scotland, is an innovative partnership programme between NHS Lothian and the drug and alcohol action teams in Edinburgh and the Lothians. The programme has been up and running since September last year for people dependent on substances who want to get clean and stay clean.

Patients follow an intensive three-month community-based programme which includes group work, one-to-one counselling and family therapy.

Vocational training and education courses are provided, by Transition, to help equip patients with skills and qualifications to move on with their lives once they finish the programme.

The first patient graduated from the programme on 23rd November. Since then the majority of graduates have signed up for the Transition Vocational Training Programme and attend five days a week.

The programme operates seven days a week and provides aftercare support as well as access to self-help groups.

The programme is primarily funded by the Scottish Executive. The Robertson Trust has also provided additional funding