I completed a 7 day detox last Monday at the Chapman-Barker unit and I can honestly say, it's changed my life.
The thought of being an in-patient terrified me and being an anxious person anyway, I went into complete meltdown as soon as I arrived (I came straight from A&E, so it was a bit of a shock!)
Within a few hours of arriving on the ward, I knew I was in a safe environment. The staff at CBU are incredible - nothing is too much trouble for them, no matter what time of day or night. My first two nights on the ward, I felt terrible, but the nurses ensured I received appropriate medication, I was checked on every hour (every 15 minutes in my first day!) and clean sheets was provided by the amazing support workers whenever I asked for them (for anyone going through alcohol withdrawal, you'll know the night sweats are not comfortable!).
I can't thank the staff enough for everything they did for me during my stay at CBU.
The ladies I met during my time on the ward were also a huge part of my recovery - I couldn't have wished to be surrounded by a better group of women! Some days it was like we was on all-inclusive holiday the amount of laughing we did sat in the lovely garden in the sunshine - you have to keep a sense of humour when you're going through such an ordeal! The daily groups are also incredibly helpful.
Again, thank you for helping me on my road to sobriety - if it wasn't for the staff and the environment at Chapman-Barker Unit, I'd be in a very different place right now, but instead, I'm happy, healthy and most importantly, sober!