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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.

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.

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.

Tips to help combat depression

December 9, 2013
One of the most common factors that lead to addiction is depression. Many will use a particular drug to help themselves deal with difficulties in their lives. However, this can lead to a vicious circle which makes their depression worse and creates a reliance on using substances to help them deal with the stress in their lives. Part of our alcohol and drug rehabilitation programmes is to raise the client's self-esteem which will help to eradicate the need to use substances.

How much alcohol is safe to drink

November 26, 2013
New research on alcohol is emerging all the time, but not much of it agrees with each other. At the same time, there are a lot of news articles which frequently pop up regarding how much alcohol is safe to drink. Many of the news articles are more concerned about grabbing headlines and provoking a reaction from the reader which is not a healthy message to send to the readers. Overall, this leads to a lot of confusion and many are totally unaware of what is safe and what is not.

Excuses of an addict

November 19, 2013
When an addict is confronted by their friends and family about their illness, they will often be in denial that a problem exists. Whilst a lot of the excuses that they will give may seem like a cliche to those who hear them, they will often seriously believe them. Making excuses for their actions can seriously harm any detox or rehabilitation efforts. Another common theme is to blame anyone or anything except for themselves for their actions, whether it is peer pressure or stress or something else.

Signs of Denial

October 29, 2013
Whilst the symptoms of addiction can manifest in different ways depending on the person, many addicts share many of the same signs. However, the addict is often the last person to be aware that they have a problem. Because they spend their time trying to hide their use, they are unaware of the outward signs of addiction that those around them can see. They believe that their drug or alcohol use is being kept secret from everyone, but the physical and behavioural changes are there for all to see. So what are the signs that someone may be in denial about having an addiction?

New Alcohol Dependence Drug Available in Scotland

October 18, 2013
A new drug called Nalmefene became available in Scotland this month to help combat alcohol cravings in addicts. The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) decided that the costs and benefits of providing the drug provided good value for money, but in England the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is still evaluating the drug.