"Help from the Acer Unit in Bristol"

About: Drug and alcohol services / 59-61 Stokes Croft, Bristol

(as the patient),

I first started drinking when I was 21, I am now 29. I drank anything I could get my hands on, mostly the stronger it was it would help my confidence and panic attacks.

But that wasn't the case, I would lock myself in my bedroom get bored, drink, then get aggressive, mainly with family members. Till 1 day I collapsed and I went into cardiac arrest and was unconscious for 8 days - I spent 6 weeks in hospital (ICU) then it all hit home - I knew I was killing myself.

I'd tried rehabs, home detoxes, but it didn't work. So I sought help from the Acer unit in Bristol, and the staff/nurses were so helpful and guided me through.

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Response from Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

Thank you for your story, and thank you for posting it for others to see - it’s fantastic to hear that you found our service helpful and that you are doing so well. Please feel free to come back to us for any follow up support or to join our Peer Mentor scheme, which supports other service users through treatment. We wish you all the best in your recovery.

For those of you reading this response who don’t know what Acer Unit is, it is an NHS 10 bedded detoxification and stabilisation unit at Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol, staffed by nurses 24 hours a day with 24/7 medical provision.

People accessing the Service can spend a couple of weeks as a planned stay to detoxify from opiates, benzodiazepines, alcohol or any other substance that they may be using at the time.

If you would like more information on how we may be able to help you or someone you know, please call 0117 3784500 and ask to speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help.

Best wishes

Helen Cottee Clinical Director