Drug & Alcohol Rehabs in Leeds

Leeds has been named the second worst city in the UK for dangerous drinking, which could include binge drinking, problem drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol addiction (1).

However, the level of dangerous drinking was calculated by not only alcoholism rates, but also the presence of bars and clubs in the city, the number of bottomless drinking places, and the number of off-licences.

This means that Leeds is not necessarily the second worst place for alcoholism, but rather it is the second worst place for dangerous drinking culture.

That being said, other studies demonstrate that there is also a serious alcoholism problem in Leeds. A 2017/18 health report found that alcohol-related conditions are on the rise in Leeds, and they are leading to many deaths from alcoholism.

In 2013-15, 93 women in Leeds died as a result of an alcohol-related health condition, with the alcoholic liver disease being the most common cause of death (2).

Unfortunately, many vulnerable women are drinking to excess, with 22% of pregnant women drinking, and twice as many women in poverty being admitted to hospital for alcohol-related conditions (compared to women who are not in poverty) (3).

Many parents are suffering from alcoholism in Leeds. Studies into people in drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds, or another form of addiction treatment, show that 20% of people in treatment have children that they live with, while 37% are parents who do not live with their children (4).

On the other hand, the UK-wide percentages for parents in treatment are 18% (for those living with their children) and 30% (for those not living with their children).

Leeds has suffered from an alcohol problem for a long time, but there is no denying that it got worse during the pandemic, as it did all over the UK. In 2020, there were 113 deaths from alcohol-specific causes in Leeds, whereas, in 2019, there were 102 deaths (5).

The alcohol problem does not just affect the healthcare system; it impacts other areas of life that are crucial to the well-being of people in Leeds, such as employment. Between 2008-9, more than 230,000 days of work were lost in Leeds due to alcohol dependence (6).

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Leeds , call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

How Does an Alcohol Addiction Develop?

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Alcohol addiction develops at a different rate in different people, but it always follows a similar trend.

Most people will pass through the same stages of alcohol addiction before they are diagnosed with addiction. This includes binge drinking, problem, drinking, alcohol abuse, and alcohol dependency.

As you pass through these stages, you gradually find it harder to give up drinking, and eventually, you will experience withdrawal symptoms when you try to give it up.

There will be various symptoms that affect you along the way, and they will first be physical, but eventually, you will experience psychological symptoms of addiction.

Certain external factors can speed up an addiction. For example, if you are being encouraged to drink heavily by others, you may end up developing an addiction much faster. If you are genetically vulnerable to drug addiction, this can also speed up the process.

However, some people develop an alcohol addiction very slowly, and this can be just as damaging as becoming an alcoholic within a short space of time.

Either way, you will be left with dangerous symptoms, and you will struggle to get sober if you do not go to drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Leeds , call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Why is There a Lack Of Education Surrounding the Alcohol Problem in Leeds?

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There are many reasons for a lack of alcohol education in Leeds, and this is not a problem that is specific to this city.

One reason for the lack of education is the fact that problem drinking is often viewed as normal by people in Leeds. We are used to seeing people binge drinking and using alcohol to escape, so we may not realise how damaging addiction is until we are faced with it ourselves.

As alcohol is a legal drug, it could be argued that there is not enough of a focus on its damaging effects in schools, compared to illegal drugs. This is very worrying, given that alcoholism can be just as life-threatening as addiction to other addictive substances.

The lack of alcohol education could be attributed to general problems with education in Leeds. There is an association between deprivation and addiction, which may be partly due to people in poverty generally being less educated than people who are not low-income.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Leeds , call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

What is the Treatment For Alcoholism at Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Leeds?


The private treatment that you will have at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds will be determined by the initial assessments that are performed. The assessments include a physical and psychological evaluation, along with various other tests performed by health care professionals.

After these assessments are carried out, you will get a personalised treatment plan that outlines what your long-term recovery programme will look like.

There will be some overlap with other clients; you will have group therapy together, and you may both take part in some of the same individual therapy models.

However, the personalised element means that there will also be unique treatments in your plan. You will not have the same therapy programme as other people at rehab, and your routine may look different. For example, you might spend a morning in family therapy, while another client spends their mornings in one-to-one trauma therapy.

Medical detox will always be included in your alcohol treatment programme, apart from the very rare occasion that it is deemed unnecessary.

You will be informed of the specific plan for your alcohol detox, which includes any detox medication that will be used, the predicted timeframe for your detox, and whether you will be having therapy while you detox.

The final part of your treatment plan is aftercare. It is a way to offer sustainable resources for staying sober, based on the success of the treatments you have had at rehab. Detoxing isn’t included, as this is a one-off event at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds, but therapy is often included.

One addiction treatment can be extremely successful for one patient, and a failure for others. Fortunately, you will have plenty of time at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds to get to grips with which therapy models work for you, and to let go of the ones that do not seem to be effective.

We advise you to take every opportunity when it comes to therapy at a residential rehab. The mixture of therapy types is very impressive, and it would be a missed opportunity if you only opted for therapy that you were already familiar with.

Make the most of all of the various models, whether that’s art therapy, motivational interviewing, 12-step programmes, behavioural therapy (e.g., dialectical behavioural therapy), drama therapy, or holistic therapies.

For more information on Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Leeds , call a member of our team on 0800 111 4108 today.

Other free organisations to consider

Below is a list of other free organisations that offer addiction services in and around Leeds:

1. C G L Change Grow Live

Address: 73A Great George St, Leeds LS1 3BR

Telephone: 01132 459445

Website: https://www.changegrowlive.org/

2. 5 WAYS @ the Recovery Academy

Address: 43 Westfield Rd, Woodhouse, Leeds LS3 1DG

Telephone: 01138872749

Website: https://www.forwardleeds.co.uk/locations/five-ways-recovery-academy/

3. Forward Leeds, Adult and Young People’s Alcohol and Drug Service

Address: 74 Kirkgate, Leeds LS2 7DJ

Telephone: 01138 872477

Website: http://www.forwardleeds.co.uk/

Charities such as Mind UKYoung MindsRethink Mental IllnessChange Grow LiveTurning PointWe Are With YouSamaritans, Papyrus, and SMART Recovery can support you in your sobriety.

Alcoholics Anonymous, Narcotics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous are dedicated support groups for specialised help.

The NHS are also there to support your journey to sobriety.

FAQs About Drug and Alcohol Rehab in Leeds

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Below, we include some answers to common questions about the drug and alcohol rehab process in Leeds:

1. Will I have to share a room at a drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds?

You do not have to opt for a shared room at a drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds if this is something you are not comfortable with. There are always private rooms available at inpatient rehab, so it is entirely your choice whether you would prefer an individual or shared room.

2. What do I need to bring to drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds?

It is very important that you take any current medication with you to drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds. Whether it’s medication for a physical or mental illness, it is essential that you do not forget this, as it could put your health at risk as you detox from alcoholism.

You should also bring the usual items that you need when you are away from home, such as toiletries and clothes. These are not provided by private rehabs, so make sure you have enough to last you 28 days.

We also recommend taking some things for your entertainment. This can include your laptop or mobile phone, but some rehab centres do not allow you to bring these items. A safe bet books, as they will never be banned at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds.

Make sure you contact the rehab facility about this as early as possible so that you know what to prepare for drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds. If you need more help figuring out what to pack, we have written a page on this to help you out.

3. Will the detox at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds be safe?

Yes, the medical detox at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds will be very safe. It is planned out very carefully, so any potential risks are calculated and avoided, whether they are general risks or personal risks.

An example of a general risk would be the risk of strong cravings, which makes it much more difficult to stay sober. To combat this, a doctor may prescribe Naltrexone, which would reduce dopamine, and ultimately prevent cravings.

A personal risk could be the risk of someone with generalised anxiety disorder experiencing acute paranoia during the detox. Though this is a possibility for anyone, it is more likely to occur in people with pre-existing anxiety issues. In this situation, benzodiazepines may be prescribed to treat this anxiety.

By pre-empting the potential problems, medical professionals at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds can keep patients as safe as possible. If they do experience a dangerous alcohol withdrawal symptom, new medication can be prescribed.

4. What happens if I suffer from insomnia at a drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds?

Lots of people at drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds suffer from insomnia, as it is a common symptom of alcoholism.

If you are struggling with sleep at inpatient drug rehab, the first solution is to take any medication you were already taking for insomnia. However, if you have never received medication for this problem, you will not be able to get insomnia drugs at rehab.

Fortunately, the therapy that you get at rehab could help with insomnia. Sleeping problems are often strongly linked to psychological distress, so when you are working on your mental health daily, it is more likely that you will eventually sleep better due to feeling less stressed.

Poor health can worsen insomnia, so the focus on health and well-being at rehab could improve your sleeping problems. You will be expected to wake up early (though not too early), go to bed early, and have three healthy meals per day.

The intensity of rehab can also make it easier to sleep, as patients tend to be exhausted after full days of therapy.

5. What happens if I have been to drug and alcohol rehab in the past?

If drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds is not new to you, you will already understand how individualised treatment plans work. However, your experience is just one example of how private rehab works, so it is still important that you educate yourself on the recovery journey at rehab.

This means you will be able to be more discerning when choosing between different drug and alcohol rehab clinics in Leeds. As you have already been to rehab, you will know what works for you and what doesn’t, and this knowledge can lead to a wonderful second rehab experience.

Some people worry that they cannot attend drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds twice, but this is never the case. You can pay to go to rehab even if your last attempt wasn’t successful, and if you do this, you will be joining a long line of people who relapsed after their first rehab stay. It is not something to be ashamed of.

6. Should I ever consider an outpatient programme for alcoholism?

You should always at least consider outpatient treatment, as it is important that you evaluate all the treatment options out there.

However, it is usually best to stick to inpatient rehab if your alcohol problem is anything more than mild. Recovery from addiction is easier to sustain if you have taken part in an intense 28-day rehab programme that includes accommodation.

Outpatient addiction treatment can also be very successful for people with mild alcohol problems. It is sensible to find a treatment programme that has great success rates and is in line with your specific problems (e.g., a programme that targets alcohol addiction and takes into account your mental health conditions).

Get a Referral to Inpatient Or Outpatient Rehab in Leeds

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Are you interested in attending drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds for an alcohol dependency or addiction? We are ready to help you.

All drug and alcohol rehabs that we work with have to be registered and audited by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). In Scotland, the rehabs are regulated by Care Inspectorate (Scotland).

Call us on 0800 111 4108 and we will get started with our referral process, which begins with a telephone consultation.

If you have further questions about drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds, have a look at our FAQs before you give us a call. We delve into topics such as the link between alcohol abuse and depression, the dangers of drinking alcohol, and the misconceptions about residential rehab.

We know that the idea of drug and alcohol rehab in Leeds is unnerving for most people, which is why we provide plenty of information about private rehab so that you know what to expect.

We want you to be prepared for the difficult aspects of rehab so that you are in the right headspace to recover, but we also want you to be able to take the step of getting help without fearing that rehab will be too challenging for you.

We also offer drug and alcohol rehab services in a variety of places within and around Leeds, including ManchesterYorkLiverpoolHuddersfield, Morley, Pudsey, Dewsbury, Batley, Wakefield, and Greater Leeds.


[1] Leeds ranked second in the country for “dangerous” drinking culture https://thehootleeds.com/news/leeds-ranked-second-in-the-country-for-dangerous-drinking-culture/

[2] NOBODY LEFT BEHIND: GOOD HEALTH AND A STRONG ECONOMY https://observatory.leeds.gov.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Nobody-Left-Behind-Good-Health-and-a-Strong-Economy.pdf

[3] Ibid.

[4] Parents with problem alcohol and drug use: Data for England and Leeds, 2019 to 2020 https://www.ndtms.net/resources/public/Parental%20substance%20misuse/Yorkshire%20and%20the%20Humber/YH_Leeds_2019-20_Parental_substance_misuse_data_pack.html

[5] More than 100 alcohol-related deaths in Leeds during the pandemic, reveal latest figures https://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/health/coronavirus/over-100-alcohol-related-deaths-recorded-in-leeds-during-pandemic-3491770

[6] The economic and social cost of alcohol-related harm in Leeds 2008-09 https://allcatsrgrey.org.uk/wp/download/public_health/alcohol/the-economic-and-social-costs-of-alcohol-related-harm-in-leeds-2008-09.pdf

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