Mclean Hospital

Video: Patient Story – Wayne

Available with English captions and subtitles in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Wayne is a former patient at McLean’s LEADER program which offers substance addiction and trauma care for first responders.

Journey to Recovery

To help manage the difficulty of his job as a lieutenant at a correctional facility, Wayne would drink for 4-5 hours a day. Drinking wasn’t a pleasure for Wayne, it was a necessity. After branding himself ‘a fat drunk who hated life,’ Wayne went through a horrific detox that landed him in a coma. His addiction to alcohol nearly killed him.

Despite unsuccessful attempts at therapy and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, Wayne finally received the treatment he needed to overcome his addiction. Now a captain at the Bristol County Sheriff’s Office, Wayne spends time helping his fellow officers when they are struggling. From creating a peer support group to driving his coworkers to and from detox centers, Wayne wants everyone who struggles to know they are not alone.

Read more about Wayne’s mental health story.

April 27, 2018

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