Today I accompanied Mr J to the hospital for his pre-admission interview. It’s now almost two years that I have known him.

He is tall, slim and sports a beard. Thick black eyebrows float above his naughty eyes. After a recent fall he’s walking with a crutch.

This morning he is nervous but not less determined to stop his excessive drinking habit.

Just before the appointment he tells me: “I’ll be a 100% honest during the interview because there is just no point continuing to beat about the bush.”

For Mr J this is an important stage because he’s finally ready to take this step.

We have to wait a long time but finally we see the psychiatrist.

I leave it to Mr J to convince him of his motivation to go on the wagon - and that’s not  difficult given his determination.

Mr J’s request is granted: he can start the cure. At the end of the interview he gives the whole team a broad smile wishing them a good day.

This is the second crucial stage for Mr J. The first was getting a home for himself a few months ago.

He is desperate to leave his troubles behind. And even if that’s not always easy he persists and believes in himself.

Personally, I am  very impressed by his progress and relieved to see his recovery becoming a reality.

Without you, there is no us.

(*) We make every effort to respect the privacy of our patients and our professional secrecy. Nevertheless, we want to bear witness to how they have to survive and how we work together to reintegrate them. Therefore, the names of places and people are deliberately omitted or changed and real-life situations are placed in another context. There is no direct link between the photos and the stories above.