7 Things People in Active Addiction Or Recovery Wish You Knew

For many people, a substance addiction aka substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD) was like a living organism that started with the seeds of addiction being planted in our minds. They then slowly grow and grow, constantly stretching its tentacles out of our minds and across our bodies whilst constantly taking a stronger and tighter grip on our body, mind and soul until it reaches the point at which we are completely encased in a thick, black unbreakable case, stronger than platinum or bullet proof glass.

In this article we look at some of the most common misconceptions, lies and myths when it comes to the general public or those who have little to no experience with addictions.
Information gets passed down from parents to children, hence why all of this information is still swimming around out there.

But if we share what we learn with others, challenge wrong information and correct it where you can, the lives of addicts will be much better off. Not only for accessing treatment and therapies, but just to simply tell families and loved ones that they have an addiction without fear of being judged, shamed or even exiled from their families, job and friends just to list a few!…

Recognising Drug And Alcohol Addiction As A Medical Condition & Not A Choice Or Moral Failing

One of the difficulties in recognising drug and alcohol addiction as a disease is it just doesn’t seem like one initially in comparison to others such as diabetes, stroke or blindness.

It doesn’t look, sound, smell and it certainly doesn’t act like a disease. To make matters worse, generally, it denies it exists and resists treatment to the very last second before treatment begins.

Drug and alcohol addiction has been recognised for many years by professional medical organisations such as the NHS, research institutions and leading addiction charities, groups and organisations as a primary, chronic, progressive and also unfortunately sometimes a fatal disease too.

What Hitting Rock Bottom Means For Those Addicted To Drugs And Alcohol

What Hitting Rock Bottom Means For Those Addicted To Drugs And Alcohol

Hitting or reaching rock bottom is the place that some people with severe drug or alcohol use disorder (addiction) must reach before they are finally ready to admit that they have an addiction and finally reach out for help, support, treatment and therapies to change their life around.

Find out more about rock bottom here and how you can change your life around when you find yourself at this lowest possible point.

Is The New Guinness Clear TV Adverts And Media Causing More Unnecessary Pressure For Alcohol Addicts Or Is It A Great Idea For Public Awareness? You Decide!…

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed the adverts on TV and in other forms of media for Guinness clear.

During the advert, they sell the idea of Guinness clear as a new alcoholic product, however, if you watch it until the end, you soon realise that Guinness clear is actually something quite different!

Find out what Guinness clear is and why it’s causing such a media storm across the UK. Do you think it’s a good or bad idea? You decide!…

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!…

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!…

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…

Ask Yourself “And Then What?” When You’re Stuck With Anxious Thoughts, Lapses Or Loss Of Motivation Or Direction

Ruminating over something that’s making you anxious isn’t going to achieve anything. We all loose our focus, direction or motivation at one point or another.

It can also be daunting or scary when we consider what could happen if we were to fail, this only adds more pressure to your shoulders that are already heavy!

But you can help push your thought process forward by forcing yourself to think ahead by asking a simple question, “and then what”.

Find out how to use this simple tool in your recovery in this short, easy to understand article!