Supporting Peter to overcome alcohol abuse

Peter has a brain injury due to childhood abuse and he was adopted as a child. He was very close to his adopted mum and dad and they were very involved in his care as an adult. Sadly his adoptive dad died when Peter was 18 and this sent him into emotional turmoil. Peter found it hard to process the loss of his father and other personal issues involving his birth family.

Peter was based in a Voyage Care supported living service and his behaviour became very challenging, he began to drink alcohol to excess and he was a risk to himself and others.

His support workers realised that supported living did not offer the structure Peter needed to live a fulfilling life. After discussions with Peter and his family, he agreed to move to one of our residential services.

Peter was exhibiting very challenging behaviour and was unable to process and manage his emotions. The Voyage Care team providing his care at his new residential service worked with Peter, his family and other agencies to help him recognise that alcohol triggered his emotions and aggression. Group meetings were also co-ordinated with his birth family to help him discuss his feelings and his past.

His support team worked with behavioural specialists at Voyage Care to work through strategies and develop clear plans for staff to follow. They provided emotional support for him, working at his pace to understand his emotions and triggers, listening to him and reinforcing the message that ‘everyone makes mistakes’, encouraging him to move forward rather than dwelling on the past.

Peter has begun to turn his life around and has been sober for 6 months. He is attending college and has taken up fishing as a hobby and this has become a real passion for him. He even has a part-time job and with support from staff Peter is shopping and cooking for himself.

 You can find more about our Residential Services here. If you would like to speak to our friendly enquiry team call us on referrals@voyagecare.com or call 0800 0353 776.

This person chose to remain anonymous, therefore, we have changed some information to protect their confidentiality.

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