"My stay at The Woodlands"

About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Addiction services (community)

(as the patient),

For the past several years I have had a problem with a alcohol dependency. It finally got really out of hand over the past year. It was causing me serious problems in my marriage and family relationships as well as my health. My life seemed a total wreck and beyond help, but I knew I had to do something. I have been going to the Community Alcohol Service at Newark on a weekly basis for the past few years, I have tried on my own to stop drinking many times, but failed. It was through my alcohol support worker that referred me to have a detox at The Woodlands. I came in October for an assessment, eventually I was admitted in late November. I know it is still early days, but after over a month I have not touched any alcohol, and my life and general health is much improved. I still however get a strong desire at times to want a drink, but I since I am taking antabuse I know what would be the consequences if I had a drink, it is a good deterrent.

My stay at The Woodlands has helped me to have a second chance in life, and make a fresh start. The facilities there are first class and provide a warm and friendly environment. The staff are fantastic and looked after me very well, I felt so much at home that I did`nt want to leave. You all do a great job and I thank you all so much for the help and the support that I have been given.

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Response from Rod Hudspith, Woodlands Manager, The Woodlands Substance Misuse Services, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear James W

Thank you for your very positive feedback regarding your recent stay at The Woodlands. The staff team work extremely hard to promote positive service user experiences and are very encouraged by your comments.

It is good to hear that your recovery continues to build on the positives you achieved with such enthusiasm and that your health & life in general is much improved.

Well done, with very best wishes for the future from all at The Woodlands!

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