Help Me Stop clients, Fiona and Sean, describe why they chose our non-residential treatment programme. Coming to the end of their treatment in residential rehab, Fiona and Sean both felt anxious about returning to everyday life. They wanted further intensive support in the community, to maintain their recovery from alcohol and drugs.
Our intensive Dayhab programmes help people to embed all the learnings from their residential alcohol or drug treatment, whilst offering fresh strategies to face life’s challenges without the need for alcohol or drugs. Hear from Fiona and Sean below about how Help Me Stop provided them with effective secondary treatment.
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Why Fiona chose Dayhab after residential rehab for alcohol and drug addiction
Help Me Stop provides face-to-face addiction rehab in London and Winchester, and virtually in our Online Rehab. Our programmes work well for people like Fiona, who want to recover in the community, including people who want to strengthen their recovery beyond residential rehab.
‘So, I had a month in residential, kind of got myself back on track, but I knew a month wasn’t long enough for me. I was getting a bit panicky, thinking I’m not ready to go out. So, started to do a bit of research into further programmes, and my counsellor was speaking to my parents saying, she has to have more treatment, that it’s not an option for her just to have a month. I have been an alcoholic and a drug addict since I was 15 with no break. I can’t just have a month of treatment. It’s just not enough.
‘So, one of the guys that I was quite friendly with in rehab suggested HMS. I think, for me, it gave me extra support still, and you’re basically in, you’re in real life, but you’re still obviously in a rehab, and you’re still coming in. You have to be tested, know you can’t drink. But it still gives you the support each morning coming in and you talk about how your day was the day before. And it just, each day, for me it gave me just my confidence back. And as the programme progressed, and I think as I really worked in with it, started to open up – because you have to talk in here – I kind of got into it. It’s been amazing actually.’
Secondary treatment for addiction at Help Me Stop: Sean’s experience of Dayhab after residential rehab
‘Following on from residential treatment, I was anxious about returning to the ‘normal’ world. That’s when I found out about Help Me Stop. Right from initial engagement with Chris, the caring support I received from Help Me Stop assisted me to transition back to life. It also providing a safe environment for me to air my thoughts and feelings during the difficult initial period following residential care for addiction.
‘During my time at Help Me Stop, I faced many realities of travelling back into London, which I do for work. I had to deal with cancelled trains, passing pubs on the way to the station, and bumping into old colleagues. Help Me Stop helped me talk through my fears and anxiety around these triggering areas, allowing me to start feeling confident that I can look for new employment in and around London. I have since returned to employment and feel equipped to deal with many of the difficulties life can throw at me.
‘The final element is the aftercare service. I feel this is one of the most beneficial aspects of the service provided by Help Me Stop and I look forward to the session each week. It provides me with an outlet to speak openly and honestly about anything that has been going on, good or bad. Along with attending Alcoholics Anonymous and Cocaine Anonymous meetings, this is a vital part of my early recovery.
‘I still enjoy my visits to Help Me Stop. Chris, Jayne, and the team are second to none. I cannot thank them enough for their assistance and support they have given, and continue to give me. I would have no qualms recommending Help Me Stop to anyone who is looking for assistance and a solution to addiction.’
Alcohol addiction relapse can happen very fast: Fiona’s experience
Fiona’s story of treatment and recovery involves a relapse after residential care. After her first treatment period in a residential rehab for addiction, Fiona relapsed. Here, she describes how her alcohol relapse happened. Very quickly, she was drinking at very high risk levels.
‘Life was pretty bad. I was just coming to the end of a very bad relapse. I’d managed to stay sober, probably for about four months, and then thought it would be a good idea to pick up a drink, thought I knew best and thought rehabs had got it all wrong. So relapsed. I remember it was December 8th, helped mum with a bridge party. And I was just like, sod it, I’m going to have a glass of champagne. And that glass of champagne was like the nicest thing I’d ever had. And then I was, within five minutes, trailing the room like, what can I drink now? what can I drink now? Of course, no one knew I was drinking. So, I got very drunk within a very short space of time, and then went home. And I was like, oh I got away with that one. And then within two to three weeks, I was drinking five, six, seven bottles of wine a day.’
How Fiona came to terms with alcoholism after her relapse
After relapsing, Fiona had a second phase of treatment in a residential rehab for addiction. Though it was a painful time, Fiona came to terms with her alcohol addiction. Beyond her residential rehab treatment, Fiona then came into Help Me Stop’s face-to-face Dayhab in central London. At the time of recording her testimonial, Fiona was four months sober.
‘I went back into residential, which was very sad this time because I think I realised what a mess I’d become, where I think the first time going into residential, I’d had everything hidden for so long and nobody knew I was drinking to that extent. So, I was racked with this guilt and shame and guilt and shame. And it was just, it was awful. So, to actually have a month of residential, where I didn’t have to worry about everyone else, it was amazing. So, I probably didn’t put that much focus on the actual not drinking part of it. For me, it was just a relief, not to be worrying about everyone finding out my drinking. But this time going into rehab, it was horrible because nobody really called me. Family were so upset with me. I mean, I drank like 4 bottles of wine before I even got into rehab. Took me a week to speak. I was so shell-shocked, and so mortified with myself. And I really had to take stock of being an alcoholic.’
What is Dayhab treatment for addiction?
- Dayhab is intensive, non-residential rehab for addiction.
- Our rehab programme is everything you’d expect to receive in a residential service, just without the overnight stay and in-house catering. This helps to keep the costs of treatment as affordable as possible, without compromising quality and care.
- Help Me Stop offers Dayhab treatment face-to-face in London and Winchester, and in our Online Rehab. This accessibility opens up addiction treatment to many thousands of people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to access it.
- Face-to-face Dayhab treatment is ideal for people with life commitments, including parents of school age children like Mel, and part-time workers.
- Our Online Rehab is the treatment choice of people with more limits on their time, including full-time working people and busy parents, business owners like Sarah, and single parents like Louise.
- Dayhab treatment is particularly effective for developing strategies for managing everyday challenges, without turning back to alcohol or drugs.
- To book an assessment for alcohol or drug treatment, contact Help Me Stop. Message us on Live Chat or call 0208 191 9191.