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.


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…

Dane began drinking heavily as a student. From there his drinking steadily became heavier. Eventually he came to Forward Leeds for help. In this short film Dane talks about some of the ways in which Forward Leeds and 5 WAYS helped him to stop drinking and to sustain his recovery.

A “high quality” drug and alcohol recovery service which has made a “positive impact” across Leeds is celebrating its third anniversary. Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug support service has helped over 4,000 adults and 700 young people to meet their treatment goals since it began in July 2015. Councillor Rebecca Charlwood, Leeds City…


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.


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,…


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…

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Andrew came into Forward Leeds through a local GP surgery where he got and advice and support from Jane who works across a number of GPs and Health Centres in Leeds. Andrew talks about how Forward Leeds offered support and advice for him that enabled him to move on with his life.

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