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.
The essential role of the Addiction Unit is to provide assessment, treatment, and aftercare for people who misuse alcohol and other drugs and who have complex needs. Access to services is assured by having available central health care services, home visiting, and primary care based clinics. The scope of complex problems includes:
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 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.
Open to service users:
8.30 – 5.00 Monday and Friday 8.30 – 7.00 Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
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Leeds Addiction Unit
19 Springfield Mount
Referrals tel: 0113 855 9589 (answer phone out of opening hours)
Reception tel: 0113 855 9540
Fax: 0113 305 0259
Please telephone the number above to self refer or download referral form here to fax on the number listed.
Please note we do not communicate via email with service users.
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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. Further information is available on this page.
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.
"Routine evaluation of the substance use ladder of treatments." Specialist services should always be concerned to look at outcomes from treatment. An extensive range of assessment and outcome measurement tools are available.
The Addiction Unit committed to undertaking research that is clinically relevant – in this way clinical services benefit from our involvement in research. The Unit Research is led jointly by Dr Gillian Tober, Hon Consultant Addiction Psychologist, and Dr Duncan Raistrick, Consultant Addiction Psychiatrist. Current projects are:
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:
For more information, please contact:
Leeds Addiction Unit
19 Springfield Mount
LEEDS LS2 9NG
Tel: 0113 295 1307 Mob: 07908 800369