Harry needed time out in order to re-establish normal patterns of positive living

Harry said that his continuous drinking had made it impossible for him to cope in the community where it was now a daily problem for himself, his family and his neighbours.

He needed time away to deal with his alcohol problem. He wanted to get away from the crowd of ‘friends’ who were using his place to drink in on a regular basis.

Together with all his mounting financial problems, Harry knew things had to change. Contacted by his care manager who knew that Harry needed a structured ‘dry’ environment that gave a variety of social activities at a pace Harry would be able to relate to. After his admission, Harry settled well into our community and found support from people who shared similar experiences. He participated and contributed to the weekly group meetings which he found helped his motivation for recovery.

Initially, he found it difficult, as many in recovery do, to re-establish a pattern of normal sleeping, eating and exercise. He said that this was where he found some of the activities at Francis House very positive and helpful to him.

He enjoyed the sports activity in the mini-gym and as he liked being outside he also joined in community therapy activities in gardening.

After a period of three months rehabilitation Harry decided he was ready to return back to his own accommodation. He said that now his pattern of daily living had returned to normal he felt strong enough to face the normal stresses he would encounter such as shopping, paying bills etc.

Harry stays in touch and is still sober.

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"...Harry needed time away...he wanted to get away from the crowd of 'friends' who were using his place to drink"

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"...Tom had realised he was not ‘going to beat it’ on his own and accepted that he needed professional help."

- Tom -

Tom’s story is common to those who require time to accept abstinence for recovery

Tom’s chronic alcoholism spanned all of his adult life and went back to his early youth. He had suffered acute episodes of self–harm resulting in loss of contact with family and friends. Many ways had been tried to get him to give up alcohol, without success. Eventually, Tom had realised he was not ‘going to beat it’ on his own and accepted that he needed professional help.

An intelligent man Tom says he became interested in us because he had been through previous ‘treatments’ and liked the sound of our philosophy of self–motivated discipline.

In his words he said he thought that we were what he wanted; professional and confidential, set in a lovely and spacious rural place that would give him the tranquillity he needed, and yet within easy reach of a town. The appeal of counselling on an individual basis in a safe and secure setting would also give him the chance to seriously consider his future without alcohol.

After hospital detox, he moved in and was encouraged to identify previous interests and hobbies he had enjoyed. Tom eventually started on a course at the local college with success and went on to enrol on a distance learning course which in time will result in him gaining a degree and all the career options that offers.

In this case for the client, a positive acceptance of hope brought success both through self-motivated discipline and the rejection of a previously addictive lifestyle. We do not pretend that the journey is easy and at times needs the professional support of staff and others to help alleviate some of the difficulties that can occur.