Advice sessions in Leeds on detox and kicking the habit

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A drug and alcohol service is highlighting the benefits of detoxing during a series of events in Leeds raising awareness of the support available.

Forward Leeds is hosting the events tomorrow until Thursday at its hubs across the city.

They are aimed at raising awareness of detoxification, the removal of toxic substances from the body following long-term use of addictive substances.

The events are being run as part of a campaign and organisers hope it will boost confidence of people who have stopped using drugs, to leave medication and substances behind.

Margaret Lee, Forward Leeds’ service manager for detox and harm reduction, said: “We recognise that moving away from prescribing and treatment can be quite a daunting or anxiety provoking thought for people. However equally we know with the right care and planning that it is the start of a new exciting life. This is the message we want to spread.”

Participants at the events will be encouraged to ask themselves if they are ready for a detox, and staff will be on hand to offer advice.

The campaign will include collaboration with groups including Narcotics Anonymous and other support organisations.

Videos will be shown during the sessions showing people who have had a successful detox, and views of staff members discussing how detox works.

Forward Leeds supports adults and young people to make healthy choices about alcohol and drugs, and carry out early intervention and tailored programmes.

‘It’s a chance to learn more’

The Forward Leeds information sessions this week aim to help people understand what a detox involve.

Margaret Lee, from the organisation, said: “The information sessions are a chance for our clients to get a good understand of what a detox involves. How the medical and therapeutic works together to ensure the client’s needs are addressed.

We have also invited other services from across Leeds that provide opportunities for people leaving treatment to build on their recovery, meet new friends and take control of their lives again.”

Contact 0113 887 2477 for more information about the sessions this week or visit www.forwardleeds.co.uk

Donna Johnson with her partner Jonathan Cummin, 28, from Gipton.

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