You asked me about my opinion of the service so I will be candid.
The service has helped me great deal with my alcohol problem and other mental problems. However, I feel that things could be better at the beginning.
It doesn't appear very professional to the new-comer and maybe people will leave straight away because of this.
For the first six months (yes, six months) I felt lost and was not getting anywhere, and get the impression that others feel the same way.
I did not know what services are available to me and how to use those that I was aware of.
It might be wise to have a introductory handbook which outlines what the place is about and what to expect from the service so people are not confused; people like myself with no friends or family would value this.
The handbook could outline who is who, what a key worker is for example (it took me months to understand). Why things are done like they are; what internal services are available, ACTS, RITS etc, what they are and how to approach them.
What services are available externally, VOS, rehab, detox etc and how to find out if the person may need them.
I believe that such a booklet would be invaluable to a person just starting out as it would help form a framework and give insight into what's available.
I would be happy to liaise in creating this if you like.
"My alcoholism and other mental problems"
About: Inclusion Isle of Wight Inclusion Isle of Wight Newport PO30 1DB /www.inclusion.org/services/inclusion-isle-wight/
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