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.
ELCA offers free advice, information and support focusing around alcohol.
There are Drop in sessions available weekly which you can attend without an appointment. Drop-In 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.
There is a drop-in session for women only, from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm every Monday. General drop in times are Wednesday from 3.00 pm to 6.00 pm and Saturday from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm.
One to one counselling is available in both English and Polish. 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 an 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
Intended Client Groups:
- Drug and Alcohol Users
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.
This service accepts direct self referrals.
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This service is available by appointment only.
Contact Info. & Service Address
91 Rose Street
Monday - Thursday 9:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm
-Monday - Thursday 9:30am - 8:45pm
Friday 9:30am - 3:45pm
Saturday 9:30am - 2:00pm-
Tel: 0131 337 8188
Fax: 0131 337 9825
Facilities & Access
This service has the following facilities:
- Public Parking
- This service is not accessible to wheelchair users.
- Creche facilities are not available at this location.
Public Transport Information
Any central bus lines to George Street or Princes street