Addiction Services (Forward Leeds)

The Leeds Addiction Unit clinical service is currently operating under the banner of Forward Leeds as part of an alcohol and drug treatment service in Leeds. It provides assessment, treatment and aftercare for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs and who have complex needs.

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The clinical service is based within ‘Forward Leeds’, which is the integrated drug and alcohol service for the city of Leeds. Access to services is assured by having Leeds Addiction Service staff located in locality based ‘hubs’ in Armley, Seacroft and the city centre.

In addition we offer home visiting, primary care based clinics and hospital liaison. The scope of complex problems includes people with alcohol/drug dependence or poly-drug use and:

  • severe and enduring mental illness
  • moderate or severe mental illness other than psychosis
  • personality disorder
  • women who are pregnant and their partners
  • people needing high tariff or specialist prescribing
  • physical health needs requiring hospital admission

Service users have a care plan, which includes family and friends, is based on a psychosocial intervention supplemented by all necessary special needs interventions. Pharmacotherapies, including ‘high tariff’ prescribing, are integrated in the care plan. Therapists work alongside other practitioners from Forward Leeds or specialist services, ‘wrap around’ services, primary care, criminal justice services and others. All service users will work with their keyworker to achieve their personal goals as part of their care programme. Typically care programmes run from three to twelve months.

We expect our staff to demonstrate their commitment to creating a safe and fair environment by challenging behaviour which is unacceptable, in particular on the grounds of race, gender, colour, ethnicity or national origin, disability, sexual orientation, age and faith or belief.

The service is open:

  • 9am – 5pm, Monday and Friday
  • 9am – 7pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

The Addiction Unit clinical work is complemented by the Training Department which has a portfolio of courses validated and accredited by the University of Leeds, and additionally the unit consultants collaborate on leading a programme of clinically orientated research. The clinical and non-clinical services are strongly bound together so each benefits from the other.

The service works collaboratively with a large number of very different stakeholders including service users, the Universities of Leeds and York, commissioners, other service providers both locally and nationally and provides consultancy and advice to national bodies.

Other local services

The clinical service, Forward Leeds, offers a wide range of support packages for people with emerging or chronic alcohol or drug problems.  Please contact Forward Leeds for further information on 0113 887 2477.


Leeds Addiction Unit Training Department offers a range of modules and programmes of study in addictions accredited by University of Leeds as well as short non-assessed courses tailored to meet the needs of different professional groups and occupational settings. All modules are available on a stand-alone basis. Bespoke training can be arranged to suite an agency or service.

To find out more about training opportunities with Leeds Addiction Unit please call 0113 295 1330 or email


Our publications include peer reviewed journal articles which are, in the main, the product of our research work and edited books or book chapters which reflect our involvement in the addictions field more generally.

Read details of Leeds Addiction Unit’s latest research projects


The Addiction Unit is committed to undertaking research that is clinically relevant – in this way clinical services benefit from our involvement in research.

Service users

Learning to live again is a project run by service users for service users on a voluntary basis.  The aim of the project is to help people who have either stopped drinking or taking drugs, or who are stable with regard to their substance use and ready to move on with their lives. The project is all about getting involved in pleasurable activities. Some examples of activities are:

  • Allotment
  • Gym or other exercise opportunities
  • Healthy eating
  • City walks
  • Visits to local places of interest
Get in touch

The Leeds Addiction Unit teams work out of three hubs across the city of Leeds:

  • The West North West (WNW) Service is based at Armley Park Court.
  • The City and South Service is based at 74 Kirkgate, Leeds.
  • The East North East (ENE) Service is based at Irford House in Leeds.

All services can be contacted on 0113 887 2477 or by email:

The Leeds Addiction Unit Training Team are based at 19 Springfield Mount and can be contacted on 0113 85 59592 or by email:


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