"Oxford Corner did a brilliant job"

About: Addiction services (community) / Oxford Corner, Specialist Alcohol Team

(as a service user),

“I’ve been using the service at Oxford Corner for about 8 months. My story is that I was made redundant from a sales job because of the recession and spent a lot of time lying about at home, bored and depressed. I began to drink and fell out with my wife over my laziness and left home to sort my alcohol problem out. In three weeks I lost my job, wife and home.

I want to start again now and have the enthusiasm to try it – to try anything really, from exercise to working at a job again.

If Oxford Corner wasn’t here I would be in my bedroom drinking 16 pints per day. They have done a brilliant job and got me down from 16 to 4 pints of Stella per day. The one-to-one meetings are brilliant and having the support to know that I don’t have to do it all by myself helps me work on my depression which was the trigger for my drinking. They give me the option of seeing somebody every day.

I have just come out of hospital and, at the moment, am sleeping at my parents who also give me support. Today I started medication which cancels out the effect of the alcohol so there is no point taking it.”

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Responses

Response from Jane Danforth, Involvement Team , Involvement & Experience, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Your story is inspirational. It was so good to read that you are getting your life back on track with the help of Oxford Corner. I will pass on your story to the staff.

Keep on going. Well done,

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