Case study – Stabilisation and ongoing recovery

North Yorkshire Horizons Harrogate Hub Service User – drug and health issues leading to homelessness. Working around stabilisation and ongoing recovery.

Client had initially come into treatment for support around cannabis and amphetamine use. Client had Children and Families Involvement with son due to his complex needs and mother not being able to provide appropriate care for him. Client also has adult daughter with complex mental health problems also. Client suffers from anxiety, ADHD, and an Eating Disorder.

Client was also extremely chaotic with behaviour due to combination of drug/alcohol and mental health. While in treatment client’s behaviour became more risky and her drug use escalated to the point where she started drinking alcohol, using heroin and using illicit benzodiazepines, as a result of this the client had had a number of episodes where she had accidentally overdosed and as such needed medical attention from emergency services, at one point her heart had stopped for a number of minutes. Along with this she was regularly evicted and placed on 28 day suspension, to the point where she has lived in a tent for prolonged periods of time. Client had also moved from one unhealthy/co-dependant relationship to another due to issues around insecurity and not being able to cope with life by themselves.

Intensive work was completed with client around reducing illicit drug use and stabilising on prescribed benzodiazepines, by following reduction plan of illicit tablets. Close work was completed with homeless hostel to manage behaviour and reduce instances of being evicted.

Once client was stable R&M team were brought on board and joint working commenced with client for a number of weeks before being handed over to R&M.

Client continues work with R&M, Spectrum and attend Mutual Aid. Client is living with mother and has regular contact with her family.

Service User Ref. 412 295 0457

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