"They have always given me the belief that I can manage my addiction"

About: Inclusion Recovery Hampshire / Fareham

(as a service user),

I have been a regular narcotic user for the past 10 years; having undertaken various attempts to battle, conquer and manage my addiction. I have a number of ongoing health conditions which include mental health issues such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar.

My psychiatrist advised that I should engage and meet with the team at Fareham Inclusion Substance Misuse Service (the Avalon Centre).

From my very first meeting with a Key Worker I have been supported, encouraged and given tools with which I have been finally able to tackle my addiction. The care and assistance given to me has always felt very personal at the same time as being of a highly professional level.

I am now 3 months clean - without having used any substances.

Whilst I am of the knowledge that it is myself who has made this happen by engaging and working with the Inclusion Service, I cannot overstate that the work and support the service has provided is without doubt a basis for the recovery journey I am now on.

The service have always given me the belief that I can manage my addiction and shown me that I can make so much more of my life as well as providing invaluable tools, advice and support to enable this.

Whilst I may be at the start of my new journey in life I know that the Inclusion Service will be my partner on that journey for a long time to come.

If I had not been able to access such a service or persons I can guarantee you my life and its prospects would be taking a very different direction - I really cannot express enough to you the importance, quality and excellence of the service the hub provides and what a lifeline it is to so many service users - including thankfully myself.

Responses

Response from Amanda Winetroube, South Sector Manager, Inclusion last week
Amanda Winetroube
South Sector Manager,
Inclusion
Submitted on 04/08/2020 at 16:16
Published on Care Opinion at 16:16


Thank you for your recent post. Firstly congratulations on being 3 months clean! It is clear that you have been on quite a journey and through your courage and hard work you have been able to overcome your addiction. I am delighted that you have received the care, support, encouragement and guidance you needed from the Fareham Team and I will pass on your positive feedback to them.

I would encourage you to continue to access the support you need and to put all the things you have learnt into practice to continue your recovery journey. I wish you all the very best for the future.

Stay safe and well.

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