JB presented to S2S in September 2016, and reported to be drinking 2 bottles of wine a day and was physically dependant on alcohol. JB was drinking to cope with relationship difficulties and boredom, having retired from her career as a dance teacher for primary school children. JB presented as feeling very depressed, and rated her psychological health a 2 out of 20 at the time of assessment. JB had previously attended an inpatient detox via S2S in August 2014, and achieved 10 months sobriety before unfortunately lapsing. JB had been discharged from S2S for 8 months before representing.
JB has reported that she “could not fault” the service she received during the ambulatory detox. She reports that this is a result of every member of staff involved, the group programme, and particularly the involvement of the peer mentors. JB reports that, more than anything it, was the mutual support between the group she experienced her detox with, and the bond with those individuals made her determined not to let anyone down. JB explained that they motivated each other, and that was the most meaningful aspect for her. JB also stated that she found this much more beneficial than the inpatient detox in 2014, and that whilst the inpatient was a positive experience, the ambulatory enabled her to continue living her life whilst going through the detox process, and therefore made adjustments as she went along, reducing the “shock” factor when the detox finished. JB has been alcohol free since her detox in April 2017, and is hoping to encourage others into recovery by volunteering as a Peer Mentor. JB reports that she found the whole experience very positive and motivating, and she stated that she knows she “will never drink again”.
JB reported that she would have loved to have kept up with her group and stayed in touch for support in the weeks after the detox, and therefore a support group, or a space for them to meet would have been a positive way of introducing after care and post-detox support. JB states she wants to attend pre-detox groups and the next detox as a Peer Mentor so that she can “give something back” and support others as she has been supported.