Ruth Spencer discusses how lockdown changed alcohol recovery

The Metro recently published an article on how lockdown changed the rules of alcohol recovery. Ruth Spencer, Area Manager for Aquarius, was asked to comment on the work Aquarius undertake during lockdown periods to support those affected by alcohol.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists said that over 8.4 million people were drinking at higher risk during lockdown. This is an increase of 4.8 million since February 2020. Izzie Price’s article for the Metro explains how “online meetings are set to change the face of alcoholism recovery forever – and with a second lockdown, their necessity may continue for a significant while”.Ruth smiling

However, Ruth Spencer, Area Manager for Aquarius, explained that even though there was initial interest when services for drugs, alcohol, and gambling went online in March, this didn’t last.

Ruth explained, “with the end of lockdown nearing, people started to crave face to face contact and decided they would wait for “real” groups to start. When referrals dropped there was an uneasy period of quiet across many addiction services. We wanted to know why, so have been asking new referrals why they’re getting in touch now. The most common response is: “We were waiting for normal services.”’

“We wanted to know why, so have been asking new referrals why they’re getting in touch now. The most common response is: “We were waiting for normal services.”’

Aquarius has over 40 years’ experience providing evidence-based, high quality services to help change behaviour and change lives . As we head into another lockdown, Aquarius will be here for all the people we support who are affected by drugs, alcohol and gambling, even as our services move online.

We thank Ruth for talking to the Metro, and our fantastic staff who work every day to change behaviour and change lives.

Please click here to read the full article in the Metro.