"Chill Out Sound Support, Nottingham"

About: Addiction services (community) / COSS (Chill Out Sound Support)

(as the patient),

I was referred to Lee at Chill Out in Nottingham by my GP in January of this year with depression, alcohol addiction, and a dependency on stimulants including cocaine and mephedrone.

From day one, I was treated with repsect and - to my surprise - a realisation of my intellect; never at any point was the tone of the counselling I received patronising or 'dumbed-down'. Gradually, through a process of constructing achievable aims between the two us, each week became a manageable climb towards a point of drug and alcohol abstinence. By week four, I felt I had been re-gifted with control over my own mind and actions, a power I hadn't had, in fact, for a number of years.

I continue to see Lee, and to benefit from half an hour of counselling and half an hour of accupuncture each week, which is a profoundly calming experience and a useful window in a busy week to reflect upon both the positive and the negative aspects of my life.

Crucially, having previously experienced counselling scenarios in which I was made to wait, and rub shoulders, with hardened addicts of 'injected' drugs, it was such a relief to be treated in a space reserved soley for 'recreational' drug misusers, and to be dealt with by a person who was focused specifically on the very different problems faced by people in this category.

I cannot praise highly enough the efficacity of Chill Out Sound Support which has enabled me, for the first time in a long while, to hold a mirror up to my situation so that I feel confident enough to make the right decisions for my well-being now and in the future.

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Responses

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

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Thank you for taking the time to share your story. It is so heartening to hear that your experience was person centered and individual to suit your needs.

I will pass this on to the team at Chill Out Sound Support who will really appreciate hearing that that it's working for you.

Please let us know how you get in on the future.

Best Wishes

Jane

Chill Out provide a free and confidential service for non-injecting drug users aged 18 and over.

We provide relevant information about drugs with the aim of eliminating, or minimising, the risks associated with drug use.

The information is particularly aimed at mild to problematic recreational and experimental drug users. The project offers a pragmatic approach, that relates to the client groups own attitudes and lifestyles.

For More info. Contact: 0115 845 2361

chill.out@nottinghamcity.nhs.uk

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