SUPPORT workers from Rotherham’s alcohol liaison team have helped bring smiles to patients during lockdown.
Claire Sturman and Kristy Richardson have been out delivering gifts to patients in recovery to boost their mood and give them extra support and encouragement.
There are lots of people struggling with addiction during lockdown —patients who cannot access the full spectrum of support that would usually be available to them, said Kristy.
She added: “We each picked one nomination who we thought could do with a little gift and who may need an extra lift at this difficult time.
“Claire and I then went out and delivered a little gift to our patients, which was either flowers, chocolates, buns or a plant.”
Amanda Marklew, alcohol liaison service lead, said recovery could be extremely testing, which was why the team offered all patients aftercare — whether they had completely quit drinking or not.
“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,” Amanda said.
During the lockdown, the team increased phone support and advice and has extended the length of time specialised support is offered.
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, said Amanda.
“Claire and Kristy ventured out to take gifts to patients as a reminder we are here and that we will get through it, and also to remind them how strong they are and how far they have come,” she added.
“All the patients were over the moon with the gifts.”
If you feel your drinking is increasing or you are worried call Change Grow Live on 01709 917649.