"My fight with Alcohol and Social Services"

About: Addiction services (community) / Oxford Corner, Specialist Alcohol Team Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(as a service user),

After the death of my dad and relationship break down, I turned to drink as a means of coping. Before long I was drinking to sleep and forget and drinking on waking, this meant I had "Dutch" courage to accomplish the things I needed to do daily like taking my daughter to school

After a period of time and poor diet, drinking made me very ill. I lost my will to live, my daughter was taken into care and this added to my already low self-esteem and low self-worth, drinking was raging now till the point I was rushed into hospital hallucinating and and vomiting blood.I was told I needed to stop drinking or I risk losing my life.

The hospital got me in touch with a service called WANDS and my GP referred me to Oxford Corner where my recovery journey began.WANDS provided essential counselling to deal with the bereavement process and Oxford Corner addressed my drinking, I joined the abstinent program and learned many techniques in order to live a life abstinent of alcohol.

Throughout my life I have lived with the condition of anxiety and managing stresses in a life now abstinent of alcohol is something I am very proud of. I earned the trust of social services and my daughter and we have a great relationship today. Today I work in the care sector and am eternally grateful for the support given freely to me when I had no hope in the world.

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Response from Jackie Quenby, Deputy Alcohol Team Manager. Oxford Corner, Specialist Services Directorate (Substance Misuse), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for your posting on Patient Opinion Website and for sharing your 'journey' so openly. I am sure it will encourage others to know that they are not alone and that help is there for them. It is also encouraging to know that both WANDS and Oxford Corner have helped you along the way and you have regained the trust of your daughter. Further more that you are now working in the care sector - and excellent achievement. Thank you.

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