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Why drug rehab can fail

May 20, 2014
Creating effective addiction treatment programmes is an ongoing process and we never stop learning. When treatment does not work, it is vital that we look at why and what could have been done differently. That way we can plan our treatment programmes better and ensure maximum results.

Do the media report tragedies appropriately?

May 7, 2014
On April 7th Peaches Geldof, the daughter of Sir Bob Geldof, was found dead in her home. Later, a toxicology report showed that heroin may have played a role in her death. Since then, she has barely been out of the news, her whole life has been dissected for all to see and her family's grief has been publicly reported on. We often defend the right for the press to report on tragedies that involve drugs as it can educate others and help prevent people from taking the drug in the future. However, at what point do they cross the line?

Misconceptions about Drug Rehab

April 28, 2014
When it comes to addiction treatment, a lot of what people know comes from the movies or media reports. There are many misconceptions and assumptions that put people off getting the essential care that they require. Media coverage of some celebrities who enter rehab programmes often give the wrong impression about the treatment they are receiving and also their motivations for joining the programme. Some people can interpret the media coverage to question the effectiveness or even the credibility of drug rehab programmes.

Not all addicts fit the stereotype

April 24, 2014
Recently, an article was published in the Daily Mail where a photographer tried to capture the human face of drug addiction, with the headline "The Haunting Face of Drug Addiction, homelessness and poverty". The photographer went to great efforts to be sensitive towards his subjects, whilst also trying to educate viewers about the physical effects of drug abuse. The intention is to try and de-stigmatise drug addicts, which is done effectively. However, one assumption that hinders the recovery of many who suffer from addiction is that all addicts fit a certain stereotype.

Are you a mobile gambling addict?

April 17, 2014
Many people use their smart phone to kill time, if they are bored or if they are trying to shirk their duties in the office. Usually, this involves checking emails and social media or squeezing in a cheeky game of candy crush. However, a relatively recent craze has been quietly growing in popularity among smart phone users that can have serious consequences. These are casino gaming apps!

The first steps towards addiction recovery

April 3, 2014
We often get contacted by the families of those with an addiction problem asking for help. Every time, we are asked for ways in which we can help and we are happy to oblige. However, the first steps towards recovery begin before a rehab clinic can begin treatment. There is no magic wand to help people recover and a lot of hard work needs to be put in by the patient. This hard work begins with the realisation that they need help and decide that they want to change their life.

How addiction affects those around you

March 25, 2014
One of the biggest obstacles to recovery is denial and many addicts will justify their drug or alcohol use in many ways. One of the most common responses that we hear is "it's my choice, it's not hurting anyone". This is simply not true; in fact, the people who suffer the most are usually the family and friends of the individual who has an addiction. The actions of an addict can have all sorts of negative effects on those around them and make their lives difficult. Whilst the actions of every addict are different, there are some common trends that affect many people.

New resources section now live

March 25, 2014
At Cassiobury Court, our job is to help those who suffer from addiction. As an alcohol and drug rehab centre, we often receive calls from those who need help but are not ready for a residential rehabilitation programme. We want to help as many people as possible to overcome their addiction. Therefore, we decided to provide a resource to help people find the information that they need easily.

Helping your loved one with their addiction

March 4, 2014
Addiction, whether it is drugs, alcohol or anything else, is a terrible illness. However, its effects are not limited solely to the addict. Those who care about the addict carry a massive burden and the effects can include emotional stress, financial consequences and having to adjust one's whole lifestyle to suit the addict. Getting help for the addict will not only help them to recover, but it will help those around the addict to get their lives back on track and live a happier life.

Dangers of unsupervised alcohol detox

February 17, 2014
For many people who suffer from addiction, coping with the stigma of the illness is a massive obstacle towards recovery. Many people do not take alcoholism seriously as an illness and assume that their drinking is simply a choice that they make. This attitude leads to the idea that an alcoholic can stop drinking at any time, without the help of a detox or rehab centre, and that "cold turkey" is the best route towards recovery. However, alcoholism is a serious illness and needs to be treated as such. Whilst detoxing can be very beneficial, sudden withdrawal from alcohol without appropriate supervision can be harmful and potentially dangerous.