New ‘Dayhab’ scheme will support people who want to maintain their sobriety

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5 WAYS Lead Practitioner Matt Whitton

By Mark Hindwell

Burley-based 5 WAYS, the Leeds hub for people in recovery from issues with alcohol and drugs, are launching a DayHab programme. The only one of its kind in the city, the DayHab will provide a structured programme of support for people who want to maintain their sobriety.

Designed as an extension of 5 WAYS’ existing range of groups and activities, the DayHab represents a significant step in providing comprehensive support for individuals striving to remain abstinent from alcohol and drugs in Leeds. The DayHab will offer a time-tabled daily programme, tailored to the needs of the participants, to ensure continuous guidance and encouragement throughout their recovery journey.

5 WAYS Lead Practitioner Matt Whitton said: “At 5 WAYS, our mission has always been to empower individuals in their journey towards sustained recovery. With the introduction of our DayHab programme, we are providing even greater support and resources to people committed to maintaining their abstinence from alcohol and drugs.”

By offering a structured programme that operates daily, 5 WAYS aims to fill a crucial gap in continuity of care to help more individuals achieve long-term sobriety.

The DayHab program will feature a diverse range of therapeutic activities, educational workshops, and peer-support groups, all facilitated by experienced professionals in the field of addiction recovery.

Participants will have the opportunity to develop essential life skills and build a supportive community of peers who share similar goals.

Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and Active Lifestyles at Leeds City Council, Cllr Salma Arif said: “We’re delighted to be funding this vital initiative at 5 WAYS. I have visited the centre and know what great work they do to support people who have experienced issues with alcohol and drugs. I’m proud that Leeds City Council, as part of our ongoing initiative to support the Leeds recovery community, is able to back this new structured day programme. I am confident this will allow even more people the opportunity to rebuild their lives.”

Matt Whitton continued: “We believe that sustained recovery is not just about abstinence but also about rebuilding lives and creating meaningful connections. With the DayHab programme, we are creating a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can heal, grow, and thrive.

“The launch of the DayHab programme underscores our commitment to addressing the multiple needs of individuals in recovery and providing them with the tools and support necessary to lead fulfilling, substance-free lives.”

The DayHab is being supported through Leeds City Council using funding provided by the Office of Health Improvement and Disparities as part of the government’s 10 year drugs plan, From Harm to Hope.

5 WAYS is located at 43 Westfield Road, Burley, Leeds, LS3 1DG.

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