I feel sometimes that I get little glimmers of hope, like a shaft of light shining in through a crack between heavy curtains. Then someone notices it and pulls the curtains tighter and the light is gone.
Sorry about the obscure philosophical
opening. I was doing a bit of research on the web, looking for some stats so that I could make a case to some people I am talking to about Bottled Up. As I browsed through the stats and the various websites claiming to serve your needs, I became increasingly aware that there is a huge hole in the service provision for families of alcoholics. But I'm sure that I don't need to tell you that!
It did not come as a surprise to me either, after all that was why we set up Bottled Up in the first place. However what was rather surprising is that, despite the hyperbole of service providers, things do not seem to have moved on very much.
One meeting I was at I was told that, unless service users (that's you) make a case for the services then it is unlikely that they will be provided. I need to quickly defend the person who told me that. He was convinced that services were needed and he liked what we provide, BUT the current system of commissioning and providing services makes it difficult for him to make it happen.
So that's where you come in - let's face it, you knew that I was going to ask you for something - help us make a case for the services.
All we ask is that you send me an email saying that you would like to have help and support to cope with your drinker. You can then give as much detail as you like about what that help and support might look like. Would you want to be able to access it online 24/7, would you like access to information, would you want support that is about YOU and not how you can help your drinker. And anything else that you might want to add.
We will maintain your anonymity. All you need to include is where you are from (county is sufficient) and your initials. We will strip the email address and any identifiers out of the correspondence before showing it to anyone.
Send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for helping us help you.