Mutual Aid and Recovery Communiities

Mutual Aid

Sometimes called self help groups, meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous provide social and emotional support as well as offering a programme of recovery. SMART recovery is also available in Edinburgh. Studies show an association with more positive outcomes for recovering people who attend the groups. We ask that patients start attending mutual aid groups before they come for assessment. Mutual aid meeting attendance is an important component of the programme at LEAP. For more information please follow the links on the home page.

Recovery communities

Peer-led support is developing in Lothian mainly through the Serenity Café. People in recovery run monthly club nights in Edinburgh, and provide a range of social and support activities including football, drama group, singing group, women’s group and chess club etc. We facilitate attendance at club nights during treatment and encourage graduates to take part in Serenity Café activities. Volunteering with the Serenity Café has helped many people in their recovery.

Last Reviewed: 01/06/2011