"Learning to live a new life without alcohol "

About: Addiction services (community) / Dual Diagnosis Team Nottinghamshire

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

Posted on behalf of 'TOPHAT' at Oxford Corner open afternoon. Alcohol Awareness Week.

Some time ago I posted a story about my life and how services at Oxford Corner supported me through detox and associated health problems. After the detox I experienced symptoms of anxiety, lack of sleep and general focus and direction.

Today my life is totally back on track. I'm employing people again and working full time in my business as a builder.

My life has gone from strength to strength. Drink used to rule my life and now I'm still going to the pub. I'm not drinking alcohol but still enjoy the social side and my friends accept it. I've even able to go away with the lads and not drink.

Now I can actually visit my daughter who lives a distance away and the quality time I have with my daughter now really pleases me as she has only known me sober!

Oxford Corner has a self help group called 'Positive Outcomes' and I attend the group since I was discharged. We can ask for professional advice if issues are raised in the group that we may need support with. It's an anchor point and a natural progression in my recovery.

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Responses

Response from Jackie Quenby, Deputy Alcohol Team Manager. Oxford Corner, Specialist Services Directorate (Substance Misuse), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Thank you for your posting on Patient Opinion and for sharing more about your recovery journey.

It is always nice to hear how people are doing after they have been discharged from Oxford Corner and it's encouraging to know your life is 'totally back on track' and is 'going from strength to strength'. A credit to you and your determination to overcome your problems with alcohol.

I'm also pleased that you are able to attend Positive Outcomes for the peer support and that you feel this is a natural progression in your recovery. Thank You again.

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