When management and marketing graduate, Ben, 21, from the Wirral needed to detox from alcohol, after his university binge drinking progressed to addiction, the best place for him to get the help and support that he needed was at home. Port of Call organised a comprehensive home detox programme, delivered in the comfort of Ben’s family home with his parents by his side.
My passion has always been rugby. I started playing as soon as I could walk and played for all the age-group teams at my local club and school. By the time I came to do my A-Levels, I was captain of the firsts at both and looking forward to taking a place at the University of Bath, on a rugby scholarship, to study management and marketing.
As everyone knows, drinking is a huge part of rugby culture. It certainly was for me. I had my first beer on tour to Ireland and post-match beers with the lads became an ingrained part of my routine. It wasn’t just accepted, it was expected. My drinking habits snowballed in university, where I took it to a whole new level…and eventually to a full-blown addiction.
The first team boys really knew how to party hard and every Wednesday we celebrated, or commiserated, our performances on the field that day. I loved it and was always the first to instigate the drinking games and dished out punishments for anyone who didn’t keep up. By the end of my second year, my studies were really suffering as a consequence of going out virtually every night by that stage. My performances on the pitch were also beginning to be affected.
The coach pulled me aside at our final training session of the year and told me bluntly that I needed to reel in my drinking antics or my place on the team, and scholarship at uni, was in jeopardy. I laughed to begin with, disbelieving that I had a problem. But after nearly a year of the same behaviour, this started to become reality. It was time to get some help, before it was too late. The only way I was going to do this was to get away from Bath, away from rugby, the lads, the pubs and get home to my family on the Wirral.
I called my mum and explained. She was obviously really worried but she soon went to action and talked to Port of Call to see if they could find us an alcohol rehab centre close to home. After lengthy conversations with an addiction adviser, it was decided the best option for me was a home detox. On balance, I decided that I’d much prefer to have my family close at hand, as well as the support of a local medical professional who checked in on me regularly.
It worked for me. I was fortunate enough to be able to carry out my home detox over the summer holidays. Port of Call arranged everything and even sorted out some counselling for me and my family to help me to change my habits. I eventually returned to uni, and to rugby, but I went back sober, abstinent and determined not to relapse.
To be fair, my rugby and all-round fitness really improved. I finished my third year as the leading try scorer in our team and graduated with a high 2:1. Things could have been very different, had it not been for Port of Call.
Disclaimer: Names and certain details have been changed to protect the identity of case study participants.
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