Visit from John Taylor (Duran Duran) and Tracey Crouch MP (July 2013)

At Mount Carmel we feel strongly that in these financially troubled times we need to keep shouting the message "Alcohol Rehab Works".  So we were very pleased to be preaching to the converted during a visit from Tracey Crouch MP and Duran Duran's John Taylor, both of whom are active in promoting alcohol rehab and recovery. 

Tracey is Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse.  Her objective in visiting Mount Carmel was to hear from our management team about the issues we face, and from our clients and ex-clients about their lives before, during, and after Mount Carmel.

At the end of her visit she told us "Everything I've heard today confirms my opinion that alcohol rehab is a vital part of our approach to addiction and dependence, and we need to give the best rehabs - places such as Mount Carmel - all the support we can.  I heard first hand from clients and ex-clients how alcohol wrecked their lives, and how Mount Carmel and recovery puts them, and their families, back together."

John Taylor, Duran Duran's bass guitarist, has spoken over the years about his recovery from alcoholism, and he remains passionate about helping others.  After joining the session with Tracey, he then spoke privately for an hour with our clients and some ex-clients, all of who reported back that they found the session very inspiring.  John made a big impression on us all, staff and clients, with his knowledge of the subject, his willingness to help and his enthusiasm for 12-step rehab and recovery.

From our side, we took the opportunity to raise with Tracey and John three issues that we encounter frequently:

  • we now see more and more people who are physically ill with alcohol addiction who appear to have been offered only fairly light interventions in the past. Could residential rehab have been offered earlier, before they got so ill?
  • we see people who have received previous medical treatment in hospitals for alcohol related problems, but apparently had no subsequent therapeutic support to aid abstinence - to us this makes little sense
  • we continue to argue that some clients who are funded for three months really need six.  We know there are serious financial limitations for Local Authorities, and not all clients need six months.  But cutting short the treatment of those who need more time can risk wasting that three month investment, as well as condemning the client to likely relapse.