As a doctor I see people every day who are struggling with addiction – I never thought I would be one of them.
While it’s no excuse I am sure you can imagine how stressful being a doctor is and what started out as a relaxing glass of wine at the end of the day turned into a larger glass, a couple of glasses and then the bottle.
I wasn’t sleeping properly which made things worse and before I was even aware that I had a problem I started to realise I needed a drink in order to function. My position made things even worse because I was the one meant to be giving advice and in control – I soon realised I wasn’t. My relationship at home started to take a downward spiral and it was an ultimatum from my family which finally made me contact Recovery4Life.
I needed an immediate detox and this was carried out in my home at a time to suit me, all I needed to do was take five days off work. Although I am still tempted to drink I am receiving psychological therapies and I feel I am making real progress.
As a professional I haven’t the time to take six months out to attend a residential unit so to know that I could have a home based service delivered by clinical experts with absolute discretion and without it interfering with my ability to practise was beyond my expectations.