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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.

Cassiobury Court for Eating Disorder Treatment

February 10, 2014
We are delighted to announce that Cassiobury Court now offers treatment for those who suffer from eating disorders. Our specialist consultants provide treatments for all kinds of eating disorders and we understand how it can affect your life. We know that seeking treatment can be a daunting prospect and we aim to provide a welcoming and comfortable environment for all of our clients.

Mother dies from cannabis poisoning

February 6, 2014
For many, cannabis is seen as a safe drug, especially because it is grown from a plant. However, recently the drug tragically claimed the life of Gemma Moss, a mother of 3 from Bournemouth. A most-mortem investigation found that she had moderate to high levels of the drug in her system, which triggered a cardiac arrest. The investigation found nothing abnormal about her body and that, physically, she appeared to be a completely normal young woman. She was a practising Christian and a devoted mother.

Are you a high functioning addict?

February 4, 2014
One of the biggest barriers to receiving addiction treatment is denial. Before alcohol or drug rehabilitation can begin, the individual needs to accept that they have a problem. Many people suffering from addiction simply do not believe that they have a problem. One dangerous symptom of denial is to compare oneself to others who appear to be worse on the surface. However, for many addicts it can be difficult to know that a problem even exists. These people can hold down a steady job, raise a family or be a successful student, yet be hiding a serious problem. These are known as high functioning addicts. Often it can start off gradually and starts off as a coping mechanism for their stressful lifestyle.

Addiction Myths that Damage Recovery

January 28, 2014
Addiction is a serious illness and is should be treated as such. However, many myths prevail in our culture that undermines the work done by drug rehabilitation clinics, despite all the evidence to the contrary. Not only are many of these myths untrue, they damage the efforts that addicts make to get themselves clean.

Preventing Relapse after Rehab

January 21, 2014
When participating in a drug or alcohol rehabilitation programme, the most dangerous phase is leaving. Many believe that that is where the hard work ends, but it is where the work has only just begun. If you lose sight of your goals or slip back into old habits then you run the risk of relapse. True recovery is a life-long process and not a quick fix.

January detox? Make sure you do it right

January 13, 2014
It's that time of the year again, time to reflect on our bodies and the damage we have inflicted on them over the Christmas period. Too much food, too much booze and too many nights out leave many of us feeling sluggish, gloomy and broke! So now seems like the perfect time to "take a month off" to "detox" our bodies. This means a month without alcohol and only eating healthy food. In fact, we recently wrote about the Dryathlon Campaign being run by Cancer Research UK. But is having a month off always the best thing for you? Whilst we agree that it is, it is important that it is done right.

Call for action on prescription drug abuse

January 6, 2014
Recently, there were reports that the Commons Home Affairs Committee of MPs were calling for action from GPs to take steps against prescription drug abuse. It is estimated that up to 1.5 million people have an addiction to prescription drugs. However, the official figures are considered to be inadequate and MPs want GPs to gather anonymous data on patients they suspect may be addicted. This will help provide better information on how to quantify the problem and enable officials to construct more efficient methods on how to combat the problem.

Support Dryathlon this January

December 17, 2013
This January, Cancer Research UK is launching their Dryathlon campaign. They are challenging people across the country to give up alcohol for just one month. If you do then you will feel fitter, your head will be clearer and you will have more money. Their aim is to help beat cancer, as alcohol is a carcinogen, but giving up alcohol for one month can also have a massive positive effect on your mental health. If you suspect that you may be drinking too much, this could be the perfect opportunity to prove that you do not need a drink.