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This is an update on my ARC issues .The key worker from ARC called me yesterday for an introductory chat and I explained my journey to him, He had no idea what I was talking about nor really how nalmefene works.I wasnt surprised.! He said ' sounds like you could stop the nalmefene now if it has reduced your drinking a bit ' DOH ! The only answer to that from me was ' Well I shall just get drunk again then won't I' No comment from him, The conversation progressed and he kept joking and he suggested that i didnt really need the services of the local ARC but he would meet with me for a chat and signpost me to appropriate services for CBT, He also reinforced the fact that I could cancel our arranged appointment together if I wished. This felt like a similar scenario as to when I visited the ARC a couple of weeks back and self referred .Its just like they don't want to help and no real interest and l felt my issues werent enough for therm to be concerned about.
Well anyway today I took the bull by the horns and went to my GP. I was a bit nervous as I was gonna have to reval all.I told my GP of my ARC experience and he said its a very local problem , understaffed and the prescribing is out sourced somewhere else.He too wasn't impressed . He did say they seem to focus only on those with very high need alcohol and drug issues.
My lovely GP was so interested in my journey and TSM , He said he could not prescribe nalmefene today as they have prescribing issues at the surgery they are trying to resolve. However, he did say there will be a practice meeting next week to discuss how they could get round the prescribing issue,as he also has another patient requesting nalmefene,He was more than helpful and assured me he wanted to support me through this and would be in touch as soon as he had something to tell me What a difference from the ARC
I told him about C3 Europe and he felt that would be my best approach for counselling support and suggested in the meanntime I get that underway
I left feeling happy in the fact that at last I was going somewhere with all this.Needless to say I will be cancelling my appointment with the key worker grrrr
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