Case studies

The following case studies provide an insight into the types of drug and alcohol addictions that we treat and the way in which clients can be referred.

Paul quotePaul’s journey to sobriety

Paul was a social drinker most of his life, but when he was made redundant from work at the age of 38, he started to drink heavily. He became forgetful and depressed, started to experience ‘fits’ and ended up taking an overdose. His relationship with his family became increasingly strained, driving him to seek professional help. His GP referred him to a local addictions community team who recommended an inpatient detox to the local commissioners. Paul was given a placement in the new Max Glatt Unit for a detox. He was given medication to manage his withdrawals, a full medical check-up and individual psychology sessions. He was also provided with a detailed recovery programme, including nutrition and exercise plans.

Paul remained fully committed to abstinence after his stay on the unit, received counseling from community alcohol services and attended AA and SMART recovery groups. At his one year follow-up he was still abstinent and had fully recovered from his depression.

 

Stuart quoteStuart’s GHB recovery

After graduating from university, Stuart landed his first job in public relations. Stuart became actively involved in the London gay club scene and was introduced to GHB by a friend. Stuart became addicted to `G’. When he tried to stop using `G’ he experienced hallucinations and ended up in A&E. He was referred to the new Max Glatt Unit by the CNWL Club Drug Clinic and was detoxed from GHB using medication. Stuart enjoyed the art therapy group, whereas the acupuncture and shiatsu helped him to unwind. As a gay man, Stuart received culturally specific support from the Max Glatt Unit and Club Drug Clinic staff. At the end of his treatment, he was not only free from his GBL withdrawal symptoms but also recognised improvement in his physical and mental health. Stuart continued to receive telephone support from a Max Glatt Unit psychologist. He was adhering to his recovery plan and maintaining abstinence from GBL three months after discharge.

 

Casey quoteCasey’s new beginning

Casey started smoking cannabis at the age of 13 and by the time she was 16, she was using cocaine and crack. To cope with the withdrawal symptoms, she started using heroin and quickly got addicted. She detoxed from heroin several times in the community but always found she relapsed. Following diagnosis of liver damage due to a long-standing hepatitis C infection, her key worker referred her for inpatient detoxification. She was given a place at the new Max Glatt Unit where she had a full medical check-up and was detoxified from all drugs. She also had extensive tests in relation to her liver and was assigned a holistic treatment plan. The nutritionist advised on changing her diet, whilst the unit pharmacist and psychologist worked with her on managing her anxiety and cravings. Casey went on to rehab in London and successfully cleared her hepatitis C. She now supports others to overcome substance misuse and hepatitis infection.

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