"I have been ready to give up drugs for about 10 years"
About: Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / Addiction services (community) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Addiction services (community) NG3 6AA Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust / The Woodlands (inpatient unit for substance misuse) Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust The Woodlands (inpatient unit for substance misuse) Nottingham NG6 9DR
Posted by Karby3 (as ),
When I was younger I was abused physically and psychologically by a family member. I had dyslexia at school and was made to feel stupid - life wasn't good. I started using gas at 13, was kicked out of school at 14 and things started to get worse. I escalated to weed and was kicked out of home at 15. I started using amphets and got into crime/door knocking etc. I began using coke, E's and smack at 17. My life was drugs and crime.
I have been ready to give up drugs for about 10 years, and it was my daughter who was the catalyst to do something about it. So I cut down on my own before getting in touch with services. I have been using Direct Access for about 6 years, but I didn't want to stop totally until I was ready. They told me about The Woodlands and I have been in there for 3 weeks now. And I am going to rehab tomorrow. The staff are really good, but I wish they would remove their name badges on accompanied visits to town! In general things are good, but there isn't enough to do. There needs to be more staff on at night so that we could to to the cinema, bowling or for a walk. You can get a bit bored. The staff are sound, but there should be more staff who are ex-users, as they can understand better what we are going through. I can relate to them as they have been through it themselves.
The rooms are ok, with a shower and tv, but I think there should be a tv room where all can mix - the staff, and men and women. The beds and food are not too good though.
I asked for a review in the first week that I was there to see if I could stay for 4 weeks instead of 3, but they said that they 'hadn't time'.