Testimonials from Professionals


“I have worked in partnership with DAPL on a number of projects over many years in my role as Clinical Lead and Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist with NHS Fife. During that time I have seen the service evolve and adapt to meet many challenges.

I have found DAPL’s management and staff to be professional and friendly in their undertaking of duties with clients and colleagues alike. DAPL is an organisation that consistently evidence their commitment to offering accessible, high quality and effective therapeutic services to those in need of support and doing so in a welcoming and engaging manner.

In short; DAPL is a service that is more than a service. It is a lifeline and a lifesaver to users, carers and families effected by substance misuse.

I look forward to working with DAPL in a partnership approach to meet new challenges in the coming year.”

Professor Alex Baldacchino (MD, MPhil, PhD, FRCPsych), Clinical Lead and Consultant in Addiction Psychiatry, NHS Fife / Professor in Medicine, Psychiatry and Addictions, St Andrews University / NHS Fife Research and Development Director

“DAPL is a highly valued local agency and provide  excellent  services to people experiencing  substance use problems.
DAPL is one of the very few drug and alcohol agencies in Scotland that has BACP accreditation. This accreditation allows Fife residents with drug and alcohol problems to access expert counselling services at DAPL.   This is a vital part of our overall response to problematic drug and alcohol use in Fife.
I congratulate the board, management, staff and volunteers at DAPL on the wonderful work which has taken place over the last year.
I wish DAPL all the very best for the future”
(Sean McCollum, Chair of Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership)

NHS Fife Addiction Services works closely with DAPL providing care packages to service users seeking help for a drug and / or alcohol problem resulting in streamlined referral pathways and quicker service access and care delivery.

Attendance at joint meetings and liaison regarding shared clients has resulted in improved communication between agencies and the ability to be more responsive to service users’ needs. Furthermore, close working at a senior level also provides the platform for testing new ways of working together to further improve the service user experience.
(Angela Swift, Clinical Service Manager – Addiction Service, NHS Fife)

“ADAPT is a project run by Fife Alcohol Support Service. People concerned about alcohol and drug problems access ADAPT clinics for advice and access to services. DAPL is a partner agency to whom we refer to with confidence. Contact with the agency is always professional and friendly.  Clients often request a referral to DAPL reflecting the positive reputation the service has established in Fife.”
(Patricia Brown, ADAPT Coordinator (maternity cover))

“The BACP Service Accreditation Scheme recognises the centre of excellence that DAPL has become and reflects the crucial role they deliver providing professional therapeutic support for those affected by substance misuse in the local community and beyond.” (Rick Hughes, British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

“DAPL has been a key partner in the delivery of Scottish Drugs Forum’s award-winning employability and training scheme in Fife. In the provision of trainee placements, DAPL has supported 4 people to utilise their own lived experience with professional training.

The project has given SDF trainees excellent opportunities to provide learning outcomes for their SVQ studies, with the staff team providing mentoring, and practical day to day support.
Of the four trainees placed at DAPL, three have secured further employment at the end of the scheme.”
(Chris Messenger, Addictions Worker Training Project Coordinator, Scottish Drugs Forum)

“DAPL continue to be a huge support to Restoration in more ways than one. They are one of our biggest referrers of people in recovery from substance misuse. As a group who do not have drop in sessions, referrals are something which we rely on heavily in maintaining our group and growing its numbers.

DAPL have, from the very early stages of Restoration supported us in many ways including offering us free room space in order for us to run our groups. As a project which started off with next to no money, it is safe to say without this level of support we would have struggled to build the project into what it has become today.

We have built a strong relationship with DAPL over the years and look forward to maintaining this into the future.”
(Nikki Smith, Project Co-ordinator, Restoration)

“I have known DAPL for a number of years.  The organisation are always looking for ways to involve the people using their services, as part of their commitment to quality improvement, service development and addressing unmet needs in the community.

DAPL were one of the first agencies in Fife to invite the new Peer Research Team from Scottish Drug Forum to conduct independent focus groups with adults in recovery about their priorities for service provision DAPL recognised the benefits of having an independent body carrying out evaluative work and also the value of peer to peer interactions where people can share recovery experiences and have now offered the SDF team a monthly session in Leven.   The inspiration and energy that participants gain from these informal sessions has enabled them to take the next steps in recovery and uptake additional activities, access local services and engage with employability programmes.
Despite being in its infancy, this approach, alongside the appointment of the Recovery Worker, is already making a visible difference to service provision and individual’s longer term recovery needs.  This will only go from strength to strength over the next few months.”
(Louise Bowman, User Involvement Development Officer Fife, Scottish Drugs Forum)

“FIRST has worked collaboratively with DAPL for a number of years and make mutual referrals as well as supporting clients whilst in both our services.  It is this effective communication that makes the client’s journey more productive and beneficial.  Both services also have staff participating in delivering the Trauma Resources Groups in conjunction with NHS Fife Addictions Psychology staff.  It is really encouraging to see this innovative way of working involving the third sector and demonstrates how valued both services are to our statutory partners.  I am sure that we will be able to build on these current successes and as a result provide an excellent standard of service to our mutual clients.”
(April Adam, Service Manager, FIRST)

“I continue to value my close working relationship with DAPL and the excellent service they provide to individuals affected by drug and alcohol problems accross Fife. I find the staff at DAPL to be warm, friendly, and always willing to help in whatever way they can. I regularly recommend their service both to clients, and to other staff looking for support for their clients. I look forward to continuing to develop and build a productive and effective relationship with DAPL over the coming year.”
(Dr Zoe Stanley, Clinical Psychologist, Addictions Clinical Psychology)

“Our school has forged a strong partnership with is DAPL, as we find that they have a nurturing approach through their counselling work that resonates with our school mission and values.”
(Fraser Gillan, Head teacher, St Kenneth’s RC Primary School, Ballingry, Fife)

I have found DAPL helpful as I have been able to share things that are driving me bananas – somebody to listen to me, somebody to talk to. I think counselling is a bit like a jigsaw, putting it all back, feels like I'm maybe missing a few bits but hopefully I'll find them.

Adult Service Client