"Not what I expected, based on local info, but glad..."
Posted by Julie
I went there just over a week ago, for alcohol detox, after it being suggested by my local hospital. Whilst it was not what I expected (local hospital alcohol-nurse gave me incorrect information), once I had clarified things with the place after arrival (Chapman Barker Unit / RADAR Ward) I had a really good time there. There was lots of free time; I felt as if I was on holiday. If you go there, take books etc. to keep you occupied (they also have lots of board-games and there are 2 TV rooms). Note that although I refer to RADAR Ward, it was not a ward; everyone had their own private room. There was a good mix of group sessions (which were compulsory, and the men joined us from their area of the hospital) & one-to-ones (including doctors, consultants, nurses, psychiatrists, social workers and volunteers), as well as things such as acupuncture. I also recommend doing the computer-course on alcohol & where you are with regards to dealing with it (you get 90 days free by registering when you are there, then can continue at home), as well as completing paper (not computer) 'Node Link Mapping', which lets you reflect on past/current behaviours plus plans for the future - you can then discuss these with a member of staff. I was also visited by a member of my local community alcohol team, to arrange support for after my discharge. The group of women were from very diverse backgrounds, but it didn't matter - we all got on well (and even bought things from the local Tesco to share, which apparently was unusual: biscuits, pork pies + pickled onions, butter - only flora was provided by the Unit - cheese and crackers, and hot chilli sauce). Great for late-night feasts!!! Also, I must say that the meals provided were fantastic! Compliments to the chefs!!! Beef Madras, Rhubarb crumble and all the soups were particularly great. Serve-yourself cereal & fruit for breakfast, plus they made us toast; 3-course lunch & 2-course dinner. Throughout the day you served yourself tea/coffee/hot chocolate/yoghurts/fruit - and whenever someone went to make a drink they would also ask whether anyone else wanted one; such was the friendliness of the place.