HINDLEY PRISON CASE STUDY
Salford Foundation is playing a key role in the CFO3 project as a sub-contractor of Achieve Northwest Connect. Salford Foundation are currently working in seven prisons across Greater Manchester, Cheshire and Lancashire, namely HMP Manchester, HMP Styal, HMP Risley, HMP Hindley, HMP Kirkham, HMP Wymott and HMP Garth. Below is a case study from a member of their team. Initial meeting with the client When I first met the client, he had difficulty formulating coherent sentences and jumped from talking about one situation to another without any rational links. He was, at that stage, on relatively high doses of methadone. This caused him to feel extremely depressed and, at times, very anxious and fearful of his ability to move forward in his life.
After a few conversations, we talked about losing his mother and how this caused him to feel alone. He touched upon his previous relationship, mentioning his two children, and how he felt that he had let his family down – further increasing his anxiety and depression. Background Over the course of our sessions, we discussed many things, how his first memory was that of his grandfather’s death, his father being in and out of prison for drug related crimes, and his mother’s alcoholism.
We talked in detail about her volatile and abusive behaviour when intoxicated, which made him feel worthless and frightened. This caused a knock-on effect with his father, who often resorted to physical violence to ‘toughen up’ my client. His father would often leave home, leaving him to be the ‘man of the house’ from the age of ten – a responsibility that terrified him.
Over time my client was arrested on numerous occasions for various crimes. He told me that he noticed that whenever he was arrested, his father would come back – creating the idea that he would get to see his father if he continued to get arrested. Experimenting with solvent abuse from a young age, my client explained that he was introduced to other classified drugs – leading to his incarceration by the age of 16.
We often discussed his parents’ death, his subsequent suicide attempts, and his increase in drug abuse. Upon his realisation of his need for help, he began working with mental health teams to bring his life back on track.
Progress As expected, his state of mind was not great when he first started the sessions. They were long and understandably tiring, but he engaged well – telling me that he looked forward to the next session.
Each session was aimed to help him to explore different areas of his past that may have caused his addictions, drawing on his inner resources and strengths to improve his well-being. He began to recognise how his strengths could be used to change his patterns of behaviour, and his focus began to move towards using methods of channelling his inner resources. Result to date As a result of our sessions, my client has begun to reduce his methadone intake to single figures and has followed a planned methadone reduction with his drugs worker. Understanding the struggle that many take on this path, he has now been assigned fellow offenders to help mentor on his wing.
He has been signed off by the mental health team and has been given category D status, meaning that he will be moving to a category D prison shortly. While he has been tempted to take drugs by other inmates on many occasions, he tells me that he has resisted doing do so.
He has developed strategies to deal with possible future challenges, and is articulate and communicates clearly. He said he knew there would be challenges, but felt equipped to deal with them - showing strong emotion when he told me that he was looking forward to a changed life.
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