Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson Visits LEAP

Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, has visited LEAP (Lothian and Edinburgh Abstinence Programme) yesterday to hear about its work across the region.

LEAP, the first abstinence programme of its type in Scotland, ensures participants receive medical and therapeutic help, backed up by support with accommodation, education, training and employment opportunities.

The community based scheme has now treated over 600 people with its three-month intensive programme, which offers an alternative choice and opportunity for addicts and alcoholics who want to achieve a substance-free recovery.

Minister for Public Health, Michael Matheson, said: “There could be no better voice for recovery than the inspirational stories of the people who have gone through LEAP. The determination they have shown in addressing the reasons behind their addiction is truly remarkable.

“Alcohol and drug abuse are challenges for Scotland. We must do everything we can to tackle the root causes of addiction and support individuals who want to improve their own life.

“LEAP is a great example of how treatment can help people to get their life back and become a contributing member of society.”

Dr David McCartney, Clinical lead for LEAP, NHS Lothian, said: “I was delighted to welcome the Minister to LEAP to meet patients and staff and hear about our service. Alcohol and drugs blight public health in Scotland and treatment focussed on recovery benefits not just individuals, but families and communities.

“Mr Matheson understands the place of treatment in recovery and we were pleased to show the range of facilities available at LEAP.”