"Not Even Given A Chance"
About: Highbury Hospital Highbury Hospital Nottingham NG6 9DR Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Adult Mental Health Services - Community (City) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Adult Mental Health Services - Community (City) Nottingham NG3 6AA Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Step 4 Psychotherapy Service Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Step 4 Psychotherapy Service Nottingham NG17 4JT
Posted by aserviceuser (as ),
I'm writing my "story" as I wanted to express my disbelief at the referral criteria/decison making of the Step 4 Psychology Service in Nottinghamshire.
A referral to a psychology service was first suggested to me by my psychiatrist in early 2016 following discharge from Highbury Hospital in late 2015. I was discharged from Highbury on something of a cocktail of drugs - Risperidone, Citalopram and Clonazepam (I was discharged from there having been prescribed the equivalent of 30mg PER DAY).
Prior to my admission to Highbury, I also had issues with alcohol which were the result of long standing acute anxiety and depression from a very early age.
Since then I have worked with the local Adult Mental Health Services to manage my mental health issues and a local drug & alcohol service to drastically reduce, with the eventual aim of discontinuing my use of Diazeapam (I currently take just 2mg a day down from 30mg); I am no longer on Risperidone and I continue to work with the local alcohol & drug service to control my drinking to a safe level.
Recently, it was felt by the LMHT, my psychiatrist & my drug/alcohol support worker that I was now at the stage where I would benefit from (and probably needed) more long term support from a service such as Step 4 to be able to make any sort of sustained recovery. The referral to Step 4 was also supported by my GP.
Hence a referral to this service was recently made. To my utter disbelief, I have been refused access to this service and not even given the opportunity of an interview due to the level of drug use (prescribed benzodiazepines) and alcohol use.
I do wonder if staff in this service have any understanding at all of how challenging it is been to reduce Diazepam intake having been prescribed it very long term, at the same time as also controlling alcohol intake whilst also managing mental health issues.
This "decision" feels like a total slap in the face and to not even be offered the opportunity of even a brief interview I feel is atrocious.
I would be very interested to know if any of the other services involved in my care were even consulted before this decision was reached.