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

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.

Forward Leeds is increasing its accessibility to the LGBT+ community further through drop in sessions at Yorkshire MESMAC’s city centre location. The sessions take place every second Thursday in the month and are open to anyone whether they have concerns about their alcohol or drug use or just would like more information. Drug and alcohol…

The family of a Leeds man, who lost his life after battling alcohol misuse, has used the money collected at his funeral to plant trees in his memory. Relatives of Kevin Collinson from Tinshill, who died last September, worked with gardeners from Forward Leeds’ Grow Together group. Members of the group are all in recovery…

Silhouette

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,…

Anna Headley

 15th January 2018 “Since ‘inadvertently’ starting Dry January I’ve lost 6 lbs (two weeks) which has shocked me as I hadn’t thought myself to be a heavy or even moderate drinker. “The added pluses which will also have contributed to the weight loss are that I’ve not been snacking on crisps and other snacks after…

Chris

 11th January 2018 “I’m not a big drinker but may have the occasional drink over the weekend. I have previously completed Dry January several times and also take part in Stoptober – both have become easier to complete over time. “To ensure I stuck to Dry January I planned for a long walk on the…

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The Chief Medical Officers’ guidance is that: If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep the risks to your baby to a minimum. Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby; with the more you drink the greater the risk. The…

Alex

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…

Chris

 9th January 2018 “Well, I’ve found it surprisingly easy so far, but yes its only been a week. Several of my friends seemed surprised when I told them I was going to attempt it. “I’m not sure if its that they didn’t think I had the confidence to, or that they know what I do…

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