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Health and medical information - alcohol and drugs



The Social Work Addictions Team (SWAT) aims to enable individuals and families to take positive steps to recover from problematic alcohol and/or drug use. To ensure all clients with children are helped to become more aware of the impact on children of parental alcohol and/or drug use as well as the risks to the safety and wellbeing of children.

SWAT is one of four services working together, known as the West Lothian Addictions Care Partnership* to ensure clients are able to access the most appropriate help as quickly as possible.

[* The West Lothian Care Partnership consists of SWAT, NHS Addictions Service, West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service and Cyrenians Recovery Service working together to provide access to drug and alcohol treatment, counselling and support.]

Who is the service for?

SWAT works with clients who;

  • are experiencing problems due to their alcohol and/or drug use - family, social, health, legal or financial
  • are looking for help to make changes to their alcohol and/or drug use
  • are willing to meet with an addictions worker to explore difficulties, identify problems, consider options and make choices about recovery

What does the service offer?

  • a prompt response
  • comprehensive assessment of needs and support to access appropriate services
  • recovery planning
  • harm reduction information and advice
  • time limited, goal-focussed work to make and sustain changes
  • work with parents to raise awareness of the impact of parental alcohol and/or drug use and risk to children
  • referral to detox/residential rehabilitation services
  • partnership approach with health and voluntary sector services to ensure right service at right time
  • advice and consultation for workers
  • joint working with referrers where appropriate

SWAT aims to help clients achieve the following outcomes;

  • children live in a safe, protected and stimulating environment
  • reduction in harmful use of alcohol and/or drugs
  • improved physical health
  • improved psychological health

How do you contact the service?

  • SWAT can be contacted by phone for information or advice
  • SWAT Manager is Jane Berkley
  • Admin/Reception - 01506 282844
  • Text - 07900 137 543 - please text us and a worker will call you back
  • Email -
  • Opening Hours - 9.00am-5.00pm, Monday to Thursday, 9.00am-4.00pm, Friday.
  • Please note that there is a telephone answering service should no-one be available. Please leave a message and a member of staff will return your call within one working day.
  • Evening appointments available by arrangement.

West Lothian Addictions Care Partnership consists of SWAT, NHS Addictions Service and West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service working together to provide access to drug and alcohol treatment, counselling and support.

Breakaway Recovery Drop-Ins have been set up across West Lothian to allow easier and quicker access to services. No appointment is required. An initial assessment will be carried out at the drop-in and this information used to decide which service is most suitable to carry out a full assessment.

  • Mondays:  9.30am-12.00 noon, Bathgate Primary Care Centre, Whitburn Road, BATHGATE.
  • Tuesdays:  1.00pm-3.30pm, Strathbrock Partnership Centre, West Main Street, BROXBURN.
  • Tuesdays:  2.00pm-4.00pm, Linlithgow Health Centre, High Street, LINLITHGOW.
  • Wednesdays:  1.00pm-3.30pm, Howden Health Centre, Howden, LIVINGSTON.
  • Thursdays:  5.30pm-7.30pm, Psychiatry Department, St.John's Hospital, Howden, LIVINGSTON.
  • Fridays:  9.30am-12.00 noon, Whitburn Health Centre, Weavers Lane, WHITBURN.

If you are unable to attend any of the drop-in sessions, or just want to find out more, please get in touch. Health or social care professionals can still make a referral on your behalf to any of the Addictions Care Partnership services.

SWAT Specialist Alcohol Service

  • Offers Social Work assessment of needs where chronic alcohol use has resulted in difficulties with day to day living skills or self neglect, posing significant risk of hospitalisation or homelessness (even where the client is unwilling to stop drinking)
  • Referral is via the Contact and Referral Team - 01506 775666

West Lothian Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP)

West Lothian ADP is a multi-agency strategic partnership tasked to identify and co-ordinate local action and priorities on substance misuse. The major partners are NHS Lothian, Voluntary Sector, West Lothian Council, West Lothian Healthcare Division and Lothian & Borders Police.

The role and function of the partnership is to provide strategic direction for action in relation to drugs, alcohol and solvent use in West Lothian achieved by leading a co-ordinating specific action and ensuring effective and efficient development of initiatives to tackle substance misuse. For further information please see the 'Downloadable Documents' section below.

West Lothian Alcohol Diversionary Fund

The Alcohol Diversionary Fund is aimed at improving outcomes for young people and having a wider impact on drinking behaviour.

The council has agreed a budget of £300,000 to support alcohol diversionary projects for 2014/15 with the intention that commissioned services/activities should contribute to:

  • Reducing antisocial behaviour
  • Delivery of one to one alcohol brief interventions
  • Changing group attitudes to drinking

To ensure parity for potential service providers/applicants and compliance with the West Lothian Alcohol and Drug Plan commissioning group's intentions, the current allocation process will be augmented by an agreed assessment panel which will review the applications that are being supported by the Local Area Committees.

Recommendations will be reported through the appropriate Policy Development and Scrutiny Panel and presented to the Council Executive for approval.

For more information on how to apply, and for a copy of an application form, please refer to the 'Downloadable Documents'  section below. You can also view the Alcohol Diversionary Fund News Release (new window).

If you have any queries, please email:


updated: 18/02/14

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