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Living with an alcoholic

June 2, 2014
Alcoholism does not just affect the individual with the dependency, but also affects those who care about them. Read about Claire's story about her father who has descended into a world of alcoholism.

Alcoholism vs drug addiction

May 28, 2014
When treating addiction, denial can show up in many forms. A common attitude among patients is to assume that their addiction is less severe than others because of the substance being used. A frequent example is an alcoholic who claims that their dependence is not as serious as someone who is addicted to a class A drug. Alternatively, somebody who has an addiction to a class A drug may find the idea of recovery more daunting because of the perception that their condition is more serious than that of those around them.

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?

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.

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.