LEAP and the Recovery Community in Edinburgh
The Lothians and Edinburgh Abstinence Program is a quasiresidential integrated treatment program for patients in the Lothian area wanting to achieve abstinent recovery. The program was commissioned as a Scottish Government pilot project and is delivered through the health service. A partnership between health, housing, education, and employability services, the program incorporates the assets already existing in the recovery community locally to help patients sustain their recoveries after treatment. Taking a narrative approach, this article explores the context in which the service is set and its origins, development, and evolution and examines its relationship with local recovery communities. Learning from these experiences is detailed.