Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA)

Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol (ELCA) offers help to anyone worried about their own or someone else’s drinking.

Service Description

ELCA offers free advice, information and support focusing around alcohol.

There are drop-in sessions available weekly which you can attend without an appointment. This service provides advice and information and to help clients ascertain what options are open to them.  These may include reducing/moderating alcohol consumption, or choosing to stop drinking altogether.

Drop-In Times

Date: Mondays
Time: 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm

Date: Wednesdays
Time: 3.00 pm – 6.00 pm

Date: Saturdays
Time: 10.00 am – 1.00 pm

One to one counselling is available in both English and Polish (only available in Edinburgh). Counselling sessions offer a supportive and confidential space where you can talk things over in confidence and where you will be heard and accepted in a non-judgemental way.  Sessions can help you to explore your drinking and the problems it may be causing in your life.

Telephone support is also available for people who are concerned about their own alcohol use.  If you feel it would help to talk through your concerns using this service, ELCA can offer you alcohol focused telephone call lasting up to 30 minutes, 1 session a week for up to 4 weeks.  During the session, you can get information and advice, consider your options and receive some support in making changes to your drinking.  All you need is to have access to a phone at an arranged time and a place where you will have privacy and no distractions.

Women’s Alcohol Recovery Group offers a supportive environment and an opportunity to meet other women.

ELCA is a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy & COSCA – Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland.  If you would like to know more about these regulatory bodies please click here:  BACP & COSCA

Service Categories

Eligibility

Intended Client Groups:

  • Drug and Alcohol Users

Residency:

This service is available to residents of all parts of Edinburgh

Applicants for this service should also meet this condition:

To access this service you must be aged 18 years and over.

Referral

Self Referral

This service accepts direct self referrals.

Agency Referral

G.P., Health & Social Care Department, Employer

By Appointment

This service is available by appointment only.

Contact Info. & Service Address

91 Rose Street
Edinburgh
EH2 3DT

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm

Service Hours

-Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 8:45pm
Friday 9:30am - 3:45pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm-

Facilities & Access

This service has the following facilities:

  • Public Parking
    Off street
  • This service is not accessible to wheelchair users.
  • Creche facilities are not available at this location.

Transport

Public Transport Information

Any central bus lines to George Street or Princes street

Lothian Buses Site for routes and timetables.

Provider's Name: Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol

Type: Charity/Voluntary

Edinburgh & Lothian Council on Alcohol offers specialist advice, information and counselling to anyone worried about their own or someone elses drinking.

Services run by this provider

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00am – 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am – 4:00pm
Saturday 9:30am – 2:00pm

Service Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:30am – 8:45pm
Friday 9:30am – 3:45pm
Saturday 9:30am – 2:00pm

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