Nick came to Forward Leeds when he was struggling with stopping drinking. He worked hard with his recovery worker and went through an alcohol detox. In this video he reflects on his journey from a chaotic lifestyle which was impacting himself and the family and friends around him. Since being abstinent from drink he has…

Jason Dorymeade was supported to stop using drugs completely with help from Forward Leeds. He now comes to 5 WAYS regularly where he continues to receive support from peers as well as staff. In this short film Jason also talks about the improvements that stopping using drugs brought to his family life.

Eddie Thompson was supported to stop drinking by Forward Leeds after his alcohol use got out of control. He came in to 5 WAYS to talk about how he was helped and what his life is like now that he has stopped drinking. He also talks about the support he got from St Annes Alcohol…

Forward Leeds has had its contract extended by Leeds City Council for a further three years. It means Forward Leeds will continue to provide the city’s alcohol and drug service up to July 2023, supporting people in the city with substance misuse issues and promoting prevention work. Since it launched in July 2015, the service…

My life from a young age was challenging and I had to grow up fast. I began drinking at a young age, moved through party drugs and by the age of 15 I was using crack cocaine. That’s why stopping using has been so hard, it’s been ingrained in me since I was a teenager….

My life before Forward Leeds was chaotic. There was no structure to my life. I was like a hamster running on a wheel to stay still. I was drinking heavily, the police were being called, I was being kicked out of houses so I had nowhere to live, I was drink driving and getting locked…

Sally got help for her drinking problem from Forward Leeds. As a part of her treatment Forward Leeds arranged for Sally to spend a period of time in Leeds based rehab St Annes. Sally continues to receive support through 5 WAYS where she attends groups and sessions.

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Peter had issues with opiates for many years. In this film he talks about what his life was like before he got help. Peter discusses how 5 WAYS in Leeds supports him to maintain abstinence following his detox and is helping him to move forwards with his life.

Mark got help from Forward Leeds for his drinking. He initially got support at one of the main hubs in the city. Mark attends groups at the Lingwell Croft to help him remain abstinent. He also supports others in the group as well in their recovery journey. In this short film he talks about what…

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Brendan had been a heavy drinker and occasional drug user for a number of years. The Forward Leeds staff based at Lingwell Croft Surgery in south Leeds were able to  help Brendan to stop drinking and using drugs. Brendan continues to attend groups and peer support others with their issues around alcohol and drugs. In…

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