"'A more positive way of life'"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Intellectual Developmental Disabilities /Learning Disability Services – Community (County) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Intellectual Developmental Disabilities /Learning Disability Services – Community (County) Nottingham NG3 6AA
Posted by Relapse (as ),
The Men's Group at Kirkby has opened doors. If I wasn't on this course I would be drinking at home and in the pub. I wouldn't have had this way of life. I'm more active. I have a belief in myself and others.
Before I came here, all my mates liked to drink and I used to get roped in to join them. I now say no and the group has given me a voice. I only drink at weekends instead of everyday. I've learnt self control and that's the hardest thing of all. I was dependent on alcohol and now I'm not.
The staff in the group are friendly, they ask me about about my week and I'm able to express what I say. I was angry due to losing two friends and I got support from staff in the group. Mindfulness has helped too. If my mental health is not good I can ask for help now.
The group has put things into perspective for me. I would like to do more courses that help such as talking and well being.
It takes the stress off you. It's given me coping strategies and keeps me out of the pub.