Managing Wound Care & Chronic Complications Associated With Sustained Injecting

This article contains images, videos and other media that shows real-life wounds, abscesses, ulcers and amputations associated with injecting throughout. Not for those with a nervous disposition to wounds and graphic media.

It has been reported that one third of substance users will develop an injection-related abscesses, sores or open wounds within a one-year period at minimum.

Education about substance use, skin issues and wound care is an important part of helping not only the user but also the health care professionals that are encountering this consequence of injecting more and more often.

Discover the warning signs when wounds develop and when more professional help may be needed.

The Use And Misuse Of Prescribed Opioids And The Risk Of Subsequent Addiction

Opioids & opiates are supposed to be a short term solution for moderate to severe pain. However, so many people are on them for so long, that they have become physically and psychologically dependent on them, firstly because they enjoy the way they make them feel and secondly, to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Unfortunately, the ever increasing epidemic of opioid addiction is ravaging nations around the world, killing people unnecessarily, for a health condition that is treatable!

Find out all you need to know about opioids, addiction, pregnancy, overdoses, death withdrawal symptoms and treatment options and much more!…

Is 5 Minutes Of Pleasure Worth A Lifetime Of Pain?

We forget to think about our current achievements, our families, friends, jobs, education, incarceration, our physical and mental health and so on for the short time that we use or drink and then end up dealing with the shame, guilt or embarrassment that we experience afterwards, all for the short term pleasure, we end up dealing with longer term pain. Find out more here!…

The Genetics Of Drug And Alcohol Addiction

Our genes we inherit from our parents can make up upto as much as 50% of our susceptibility toward developing an addiction or addictive behaviours ourselves.
Having an awareness and knowledge is a key part of developing a stable, functional recovery strategy to reduce your risk of actually having an active addiction in any of its forms.

Find out all you need to know here as well as what you can do to help yourself.

Could Mindfulness Make The Brain Immune To Temptation?

We have studied the Brain for decades, trying to unlock it’s mysterious yet astonishing abilities!
A researcher from Washington University has studied the Brain to see whether implementing mindfulness techniques and practices could make our brain immune to temptations from the things we have developed a physical and psychological patterns of behaviour around.

Find out more about her research methods and clinical findings here!…

Substance Addiction & Suicide

Considered one of the nation’s greatest health epidemics by many in the medical and mental health fields, suicide is one of the top leading causes of death in the United Kingdom, along with the consequences that addiction can cause, such as overdosing, especially among young people.

The suicide rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population recorded by the Office for National Statistics. This must change, we have the ability to do it, hopefully with this dissemination and public awareness of information, we can all help and make change!…

Benefiting From Cold Showers In Addiction & Recovery

If a hot shower is what your body craves in the morning, you’re not alone. The majority of people crank the handle all the way up in order to feel the hot water all over their body.

But did you know that cold showers should also have a place in your daily routine? Both hot and cold showers have varying benefits that we can harness during our detox phase and ongoing in your recovery!…

Why Hot Showers & Baths Are So Important During Detox & In Your Ongoing Recovery

Hot showers and baths are often overlooked during not only the detox phase of recovery but also for the ongoing physical and mental benefits that hot showers or baths can provide.

They can soothe any number of withdrawal symptoms and generally make you feel better, physically and mentally. Here are some of the reasons showers and baths are great in addiction and recovery.

Find out the benefits and downsides of hot showers and baths during your addiction and recovery…

The Realties Of Self Abuse

How many times have you thought something negative, rude, shouted at yourself, or beaten yourself up over your addiction, mental health or any other issue? If it were someone else, we would be arrested for abuse, yet we allow ourselves to be treated this way, which doesn’t help us achieve our long term goals or maintain our recovery.
Find out how to overcome this type, and other types of negative thinking and self talk here…

Laugh & Smile

If you only do one thing today, find something that you makes you laugh and smile!…