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Social Work Addictions Team

The Social Work Addictions Team (SWAT) is one of four services working together, known as the West Lothian Addictions Care Partnership (ACP)to ensure individuals and their families are able to access drug and alcohol treatment, counselling and support as quickly as possible.The ACP consists of SWAT, NHS Addictions Service, West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service and Cyrenians Recovery Service.

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. These services work together to provide access to drug and alcohol treatment, counselling and support.

The West Lothian Addictions Care Partnership consists of:

  • The Social Work Addictions Team
  • NHS Addictions Service
  • West Lothian Drug & Alcohol Service
  • Cyrenians Recovery Service

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 the risk to children
  • referral to detox/residential rehabilitation services
  • partnership approach with health and voluntary sector services to ensure the right service at the 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

SWAT Specialist Alcohol Service

This 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 when the client is unwilling to stop drinking). Referral to this service is via the Contact & Referral Team - 01506 775666.

Breakaway Recovery Drop In Sessions

These 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 the information used to decide which service is most suitable to carry out a full assessment.

  • Bathgate Primary Care Centre, Whitburn Road, Bathgate - Mondays, 9.30am - 11.30am
  • Strathbrock Partnership Centre, West Main Street, Broxburn - Tuesdays, 1.30pm - 3.30pm
  • Linlithgow Health Centre, High Street, Linlithgow - Tuesdays, 2.00pm - 4.00pm
  • Howden Health Centre, Howden, Livingston - Wednesdays, 1.00pm - 3.00pm
  • The Cyrenians, 19b South Bridge Street, Bathgate - Thursday, 2:00pm to 4:00pm
  • Civic Centre, Howden, Livingston - Thursday, 5.30pm-7.30pm
  • Whitburn Health Centre, Weavers Lane, Whitburn - Fridays, 9.30am - 11.30am

If you are unable to attend any of the drop in sessions, or just want to find out more information, 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.

How to contact the service

SWAT can be contacted for information or advice as follows;

Admin/Reception - 01506 282844
Email -

Opening hours - 9.00am-5.00pm (Monday to Thursday), 9.00am-4.00pm (Friday) - there is a telephone answering service should nobody be available. Please leave a message and a member of staff will return your call within one working day. Evening appointments are available by arrangement.