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Mission statement:

“We are a specialist addiction treatment service, providing accessible, confidential, person–centred quality interventions. We work in partnership with other services to support the individual on their journey of recovery”

What we do:

A community based service to anyone 16 years and over who is residing within the Borders area. We strive to deliver a person-centred, needs-led approach to care and treatment that respects values and choice; dignity and equality; and promote recovery. By working in partnership with service users, carers and multidisciplinary teams/agencies we can: encourage positive lifestyle changes, promote safety and focus on the development of an individual’s responsibility in their care and treatment.

How to contact us:

  • Referrals can be made by GP, Social Worker and other agencies.
  • We also accept self referrals and individuals can contact us directly if they wish to find out more information about services provided
  • Or alternatively via BADP

We aim to make an appointement within three weeks of referral.

Clients will generally be seen in a nearby NHS Borders premises on a one-to-one basis. Timing and frequency of appointments will be negotiated between client and staff member. You may wish to bring a family member or friend to your appointment.

As BAS is a teaching placement we regularly have students from nursing, medicine, social work.

Clients will be asked to participate in the evaluation process of the service as a means to improve the standard and quality of service provided for people in the Borders area.

Staff List:

Graham Laing (Team Manager)

What the service offers:

  • Assessment
  • Brief Intervention
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Harm Reduction
  • Life Style Advice
  • Substitute Prescription Service
  • Home detoxification / in patient
  • Overdose Awareness and Prevention Training
  • Blood Borne Virus Testing/vaccinations
  • Community Alcohol Rehabilitation
  • Assessment for Residential Rehabilitation
  • Sign Posting onto Other Services

BAS consists of:

  • Consultant Psychiatrist
  • Specialist Addictions GP
  • Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Community Prescribing Pharmacists
  • Community Addiction Nurses
  • Addiction Nurses
  • Social Work Support Workers and
  • Secretarial staff


BAS provides a confidential service to clients. In certain circumstances when there are serious concerns about risk to the client or others including children information may be shared with other relevant people.