A Fixer, who spent 14 months in rehabilitation after her alcohol addiction led to crime, is using a short film recounting her experiences to encourage support for young people at risk of relapsing.
Through her film, entitled ‘Drink, Drank, Drunk’, Sarah Whitcher (25) hopes health professionals and local leaders will see the lack of support available to people who have just finished rehab.
The film retells Sarah’s story of completing rehab and re-entering life in Plymouth, Devon, where she felt alone and without any guidance to stop returning to the bottle. (You can read more about her story here.)
‘I have been to prison a load of times,’ says Sarah, ‘and every crime I committed was due to being drunk.
‘But I wanted to change, and so I was paid to go into rehab by Plymouth City Council. However, once rehab was complete and I moved back to the area, I was on my own.
‘I ended up staying in a B&B which was next to a pub, and only just across the road from an off-licence. It was such a struggle to stay away from alcohol, and it seemed the only support I received was when I unfortunately relapsed into addiction.’
The animated film, narrated by Sarah, will be used to promote services available to people who are addicted to alcohol in an attempt to steer them into recovery.
‘You feel so alone when you come out of rehab,’ says Sarah. ‘All you have is willpower. You think one drink will not hurt, but it does.
‘Through my film, I want to show people who have come out of rehab that they are not alone.
'There are services which can help, but there definitely needs to be more help to stop people returning to bad habits.’
Watch Sarah's Fixers film at the top of this story.