James* was struggling with chronic alcoholism when he was referred to Cyrenians Recovery Service by his NHS worker. He was taking Antabuse, a drug that makes you ill if you drink alcohol, but when he was faced with stressful situations he’d stop taking it so he could drink. James had been admitted to a 3 month abstinence programme (LEAP) but had relapsed whilst there, returning home to the same old issues surrounding his housing, lack of visitation to his son and lack of structure and activities.re He also lived a long way away from his family who were his main support.
James was referred to our Recovery Service and was assigned a worker who agreed and set goals with James. He agreed that with the support of his worker, he would attend mutual aid group meetings such as AA and SMART Recovery and attend Cyrenians Recovery Hub and the local Community Recovery Hub.
Using the tools he learnt from these ‘mutual aid’ meeting and his worker, James learnt how to cope with stress and anxiety. And, with the support of the other people he met at the Hubs, he felt more confident in his recovery from addiction and was focused on what was required to sustain it. James decided that he would like to try to attend the local 3 month rehab programme again. We referred James to be re-admitted to the rehab programme – this was admitted and he successfully graduated 12 weeks later. We also wrote a letter to his Housing Officer applying for James to move house so he could be closer to his family for support, which was eventually granted.
James is currently doing well, staying sober and enjoying living closer to his family.
*We’ve changed James’s name to preserve his anonymity.
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