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At the time I became unwell I was drinking up to 15 litres of cider per day and was trying to cope with getting over a relationship that I had been struggling with for some time. I was living with my parents at the time and I began hearing someone shouting my name, noone else could hear it but me. I thought I was going mad so I drank more alcohol to try and help but this made things worse.


My family was sick of my drinking and basically gave up on me so I would lock myself away in my room. I wasn’t eating or sleeping and I began seeing things that others could not see. My voices got worse and they began telling me that they were going to harm me and my family. At this stage I tried to kill myself by taking lots of tablets as I didn’t know what else to do. I had also stopped drinking hoping that this would help but it seemed to make things worse at first as I had become so dependent on alcohol.


I ended up in hospital and had to be sectioned under the mental health act so I could not leave without permission. This is when I started to take medication on a daily basis and slowly the voices stopped and I began feeling like my old self again. I was told I could go home but advised to continue to take medication and get support from the Early Intervention Team.


I struggled for a while but was happy to see my nurse on a weekly basis. They started helping me to get out of the house as this felt very scary and overwhelming. I began attending some of the groups that they were running such as sports, and a walking group and this helped me to meet others who had experienced similar things. I eventually got support to move out and live in a house that was supported by staff. This helped me gain in confidence and now I live independently. I also volunteer at a local centre that helps other people with mental health problems and hope to start working with people with drug and alcohol problems.


I am still taking a small amount of medication and am looking to come off this in the future. I have learnt a lot about how to manage myself better and now know where I can get help if I become unwell again but hopefully that will never happen.


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Though these accounts come from a broad range of service users with often very different backgrounds, they all tell of how with support, time and determination each individual has managed to move forwards on their recovery journey, to achieve the outcomes they rightly deserve.

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