Going for Gold

 LEAP (Lothians & Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) is celebrating the graduation of its 50th patient from the innovative community based rehabilitation programme, since its launch in September 2007.

Vernon, Sean, Ryan and Ben are the latest patients to complete the three-month programme and were presented with certificates at today’s graduation (Thursday 30th October).

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:


Today is a very special day for our four graduates. It marks the end of their treatment process and a key point in their recovery.
“I am especially thrilled as today represents our half century in terms of graduating patients. We have now seen the 50th patient graduate, which is a mile stone for the team here at LEAP.
“I take my hat of to all 50 graduates who have completed a tough and lengthy therapeutic programme, and in do so have turned their life around.
This really shows that people can recover from addiction.


“We are now looking forward to the next 50.”


Vernon Slater, the 50th patient to graduate from the programme, said:
“LEAP really has changed my live for the better.
“The project taught me so much. Before I came to LEAP I had low self esteem and I thought I was worthless. I don’t think that anymore. This project has given me a real sense of belief in myself.
“The project also taught me so much about the illness of addiction.
“I think that LEAP is an amazing project and I am grateful to all the staff for the wonderful treatment and support that I have received.
“I have never been so positive about being clean and I am now looking forward to a new life.”
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.