Short case studies of selected Barka UK beneficiaries in Reconnection programme, North-West London
J. R., Polish national
Jakub came to the UK in 1995 to search for a job. He was successful. He started to work as a self-employed on the building site. He earned very good money and decided that he would bring his wife to the UK. They lived quite a high standard life. After a while two children were born. Unfortunately Jakub started to abuse alcohol. Because of that he begun to lose jobs and in the consequence he started to have other problems too. The situation in his family began to deteriorate dramatically. He lost his job again. Once, when under the influence of alcohol he ended up in custody for a number of times. The police officers told him about day centre and Barka team based there. They encouraged Jakub to go there and ask for help relating to his drinking problem. Barka staff took the referral from the police and started to work with Jakub towards him enrolling into detox in London and rehabilitation in Poland.The process of referring Jakub to detox was started. Barka informed Jakub that the waiting period was six weeks.
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