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Leeds Drug & Alcohol Counselling Help Expands

Updated: Dec 11, 2023

Leeds Based Addiction Counselling Service Expands Drug & Alcohol Help and Support Team

Leeds Drug & Alcohol Counselling Services, Start Recovery, has expanded this September with a new Addiction Recovery Counsellor / Coach joining the team.

Miss Deborah Levy brings many years of experience with her from working with addictive behaviours, and she has spent the last year working alongside and training with Mark Franklin.

Leeds Drug and alcohol support and counselling team: Mark Franklin and Deborah Levy

Mark Franklin, who started the addictions counselling service in North Leeds in 2015 says, “ I am so happy to welcome Debs to the Start Recovery team, I have been working with Debs for over a year now and I am sure that she will bring valuable drug & alcohol experience with her to help Start Recovery clients. I am delighted that I have been able to find Debs to work alongside as we operate extremely well together, and share the same passions around delivering help for people who are having problems with alcohol or drugs”.

Mark goes on to say, “I never thought I would be in the position to expand my services, especially in such a short space of time. I feel honoured that I have had the chance to work with so many amazing Leeds based people and families who have managed to beat drug or alcohol addiction”.

Mark says “Over the last few months we have seen the prevalence of alcohol consumption during the lockdown period, with more than a quarter of adults drinking more alcohol than they were pre-lockdown. Research shows that 28% of people asked if they had been drinking moreover lockdown said that they have. One in five people said that they had drunk alcohol due to anxiety or stress.

“We moved all our drug and alcohol counselling services online in order to support local people and it has been a huge success”, says Mark. “We are seeing people getting used to the technology and a significant amount of people actually preferring that way of working”.

Private Drug & Alcohol Help Leeds | Support For Individuals & Families Around Addictions

Start Recovery works with people who are struggling with alcohol, drug or gambling problems in the Leeds, Bradford, Harrogate, York, Wakefield and surrounding areas.

Start Recovery in Leeds can be contacted on 0113 3280211 or

Initial Consultations are available via your chosen favourite video link.

Mark and Debs are also working on a national online addictions counselling program which will be launched later this year, so watch this space!

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