The ASIST team carries out the essential pre and post-discharge support to people who have been hospitalised due to experienced problematic alcohol use. ASIST takes referrals from Airedale General Hospital and via multi-agency Recurrent Attendees Meetings.
Individuals are proactively contacted and supported both in the hospital and upon discharge. Often individuals have basic requirements that need to be met prior to them making changes to their alcohol use (Maslow’s Hierarchy of needs) – such as food, water and shelter and we help them to secure these needs with our links to benefits or housing advice. From our assessment, a care plan is made involving the service user, other agencies, concerned others and the member of the Alcohol Specialist Intervention Support Team.
Alongside help with their alcohol dependence, the team provide additional support such as helping with telephone calls, providing an advocacy service, counselling for bereavement or abuse, going to meet the housing officer, providing emergency food parcels, establishing a routine, introducing new experiences. All of this work has a direct positive impact on the health of the service user. We use a Motivational Interviewing approach and work within individuals for between 6 – 12 months in order to enable them to access mainstream treatment or our Recovery Services at Progress.