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Leeds Addiction Unit

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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:

  • People with severe and enduring mental illness
  • People with moderate or severe mental illness other than psychosis
  • People with personality disorder
  • People with multiple problems of neglect
  • People with multiple morbidity, poly-pharmacy and dependence
  • People with high dependence or poly-drug use
  • Women who are pregnant and their partners
  • People with complex child protection needs
  • People needing high tariff or specialist prescribing

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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Contact Details

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.

Other local services

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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:

  • AESOPS – stepped care for drinkers.
    • An RCT of effectiveness and cost effectiveness of opportunistic screening with a stepped care intervention in primary care for older (50 years+),     hazardous drinkers. The Addiction Unit is the trial training and supervision centre for therapists and  practice nurses.  The trial is a collaboration with the Departments of Health Science at the Universities of Canterbury and York.
  • Learning to Live Again
    • A qualitative evaluation of the Learning to Live Again project mapping the processes involved in setting up a service users mentoring group and using this to support aftercare for other service users. The Addiction Unit is the host agency.  The project is a collaboration with the Universities of Leeds and Birmingham.
  • CLAHRC - Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care
    • This is a programme of research within the general hospital setting.  There are 5 themes and the Addiction Unit in collaboration with Health Sciences in York is leading on the Addiction theme.  The clinical aspects of the programme are a collaboration with Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (LTHT).


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
  • Healthy eating
  • City walks
  • Visits to local places of interest

For more information, please contact:

Adele Loftus
LTLA Co-ordinator
Leeds Addiction Unit
19 Springfield Mount
Tel:  0113 295 1307    Mob:  07908 800369