Members of the Alcohol Liaison Team have
helped bring a smile to patients who are on lockdown.
There are lots of people who are
currently struggling with addiction during lockdown without the full spectrum
of support that would usually be available to them.
Claire Sturman and Kristy Richardson,
support workers for the ALT service, last week delivered gifts to patients who
are in recovery to help boost their moods. Kristy said they
thought patients could do with a bit of extra support and encouragement.
“We each picked one
nomination who we thought could do with a little gift, who may need an extra
lift at this difficult time. Claire and I then went out and delivered a little
gift to our patients. The gift was either flowers, chocolates, buns or a
Amanda Marklew, Alcohol Liaison Service Lead
Leader, said patients who have chosen to give up alcohol completely due to
dependency or other problems begin a new life in recovery. “This is often the
toughest time for people who have often been hurt by their drinking; learning
to rediscover their likes and dislikes and finding solace in alternatives to
alcohol. Recovery can be extremely testing and is why the Alcohol Liaison Team
offer all patients aftercare.”
During the lockdown the ALT has had an
increase in phone support and advice and has extended the length of support
while everyone gets through this period. Normally after detox, patients would
be attending recovery groups and finding new directions in life, but due to the
current lockdown patients have been confined to home and are often lonely.
“Claire and Kristy ventured out last
week to find and take gifts to patients as a reminder we are here and that we
will get through; and also to remind them how strong they are and how far they
have come,” said Amanda.
“All patients were
‘over the moon’ and, although social distancing was adhered to, Claire and
Kristy could see the comfort this gesture brought.”
Looking after yourself during lockdown
Since the lockdown
and the closure of pubs, restaurants and leisure facilities, many more people
have taken to drinking at home.
Studies have shown
an increase in alcohol sales by those who might not normally drink in their
homes but have done so during the lockdown.
These are extremely challenging
times and although many people can enjoy alcohol sensibly it is worth noting that
excessive and regular drinking can have a significant negative impact on your physical
and mental health.
Men and women are
advised to drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, which should not be
consumed all at once, and people should have at least 2-3 drink-free days a
week. Pregnant women are advised not to consume any alcohol during pregnancy.
As well as the
negative health effects, alcohol can become addictive and therefore it is wise
to adhere to the guidelines to avoid prolonged and damaging effects. Read here for more.
If you feel your
drinking is increasing or you are worried there is support available.
Call Change Grow
Live on 01709 917649.