Garry Craven

Garry had been addicted to drugs on and off for almost 30 years. He came to Forward Leeds for help following another relapse and got help from the detox team and a number of members of staff. Garry then attended 5 WAYS to sustain his recovery. Garry currently volunteers at the WY-FI project in Leeds.


Susan had spent many years using drugs before she came to Forward Leeds for help. In this short film she talks about how she found the Forward Leeds experience. She discusses the way in which her life has improved since she was able to detox from drugs and move forward with her life.

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5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy is the Leeds hub for those in recovery from alcohol and/or drugs. What is 5 WAYS How to find 5 WAYS Room hire at 5 WAYS Groups and Activities at 5 WAYS

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5 WAYS offers a range of groups and activities. These vary from peer support and recovery groups to activities that develop individual skills and interests through to support into employment, training and education. There’s something on offer for everyone at 5 WAYS.   One to one employment, training and education sessions can be booked through…

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5 WAYS is a place for people in recovery and those who are coming to the end of their treatment for alcohol or drug issues. It provides a safe and comfortable environment for people to gain support, advice and guidance. 5 WAYS takes its name from the evidence that suggests there are five steps we…

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5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy 43 Westfield Road off Burley Road Leeds LS3 1NQ 5 WAYS has a dedicated phone number 0113 887 2749 5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy opening hours Monday 9am–5pm Tuesday 9am-5pm Wednesday 9am-5pm Thursday 9am-8pm Friday 9am-4.30pm 5 WAYS to Wellbeing @ the Recovery Academy is situated…


My drinking had been gradually getting worse, and over a 15- year period, I’d gone from drinking a bottle of wine every few nights, to drinking every evening. And always more than one bottle. In the end I was a daily drinker, and I drank all day when I wasn’t working. I always drank alone,…

Meeting at 5 WAYS

Rooms available to hire just outside the city centre 5 Ways is based in a historic, converted chapel close to the city centre. We are just off Burley Road, behind Yorkshire TV studios. 5 WAYS on a regular bus route and also has on street bay parking (free between 9.30 – 4.30pm and after 6pm)….


Alex got help through a member of the Forward Leeds team that works at his local health centre. Alex talks about how Forward Leeds were able to help him control his drinking and the changes that has meant to his life. Forward Leeds have staff based in over 50 GPs surgeries and health centres across…

Christmas and New Year can be a difficult time for many of us. It brings pressures and problems to bear. Here is some advice for Christmas and New Year. Be careful about comparing yourself to others at Christmas Unrealistic media and advertising versions of other people’s festive celebrations can make us feel less positive. Be…

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