"My 10 year heroin habit from 18 years of age."

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

(as a staff member posting for a patient/service user),

I had been using heroin for about 10 years. But in the last 2 years I was 'bitting and bobbing', maybe going for a couple of weeks not using then I'd use at the weekends as a 'treat'. I'm working full time, so my days are full; so I didn't really miss it too much. But I got to the point where I thought I'd try to give it up for good. I contacted Direct Access and got allocated a worker who I see at the Sutton LAP. My worker has been really supportive and now I only see them once a month.

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Response from David Hitchmough, Team Leader, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

I am pleased that Direct Access were able to offer you the support you required, in your home area, when you felt that you were ready to stop. We feel that having easy access to supportive services when people are ready, is crucial to meeting service users recovery needs. We hope that you continue to take advantage of the aftercare support services we offer, until you feel that it is no longer neccessary. I wish you well in your future recovery

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