On Second Thoughts – Thought Of The Day

We all have had those times when thoughts of using or drinking come to mind, sometimes with real ferocity. For example, those days after lockdown has started to take one step back toward normality, you might find yourself wondering down a high street, past a pub and you suddenly glance at the cold sweat running down the outside of a freshly poured pint of beer or suddenly get a waft of that distinctive cannabis smell from someone else nearby.

Why Do We Have A Strong Urge To Find Out What Might Have Been — Even When This Leads To Feelings Of Regret?

Given the aversive experience of regret, traditional models of decision-making predict that people should to try to avoid it. But of course, the picture is more complex — we all have experienced the desire to know “what might have been”, even if it leads to regret. Now a study in Psychological Science, led by Lily FitzGibbon at the University of Reading, finds that the lure of finding out what might have been is surprisingly enticing.

As an extra bonus, you’ll find our 10 top tips for dealing With the regret surrounding past deeds while in addiction and/or recovery and what you can do next.

Can You Cure Yourself of A Drug Addiction, Simply By Wanting It? Actor Charlie Sheen Seems To Think So!

Actor Charlie Sheen, known for his heavy cocaine and alcohol use, has been stating in interviews that he freed himself of his drug habit “simply by closing my eyes and make it so” according to him.

Is this public display damaging the hard work that those in the recovery field work so hard to build upon, and the addicts who come to succeed in their recovery thanks to various coping strategies, organisations and fellowship groups?

Find out all you need to know inside this article!…

Who Would You Give To, A Homeless Dad Or A Homeless Addict?

With a pair of cardboard signs, prankster Coby Persin conducted a social experiment that tested the consciences of New Yorkers.

Would you be more likely to give money to a homeless man who says he will use it for drugs and alcohol, or a homeless father with a coughing child beside him?

Find out how the experiment went and let us know by commenting below our article, or through our social media platforms, have a think, what you would do?…

Who Would You Include In Your Emergency Contact/Next Of Kin Card?

For those of you who still use or drink, or could be at potential risk of overdose or harm, it’s important to have a plan in place, should the worst happen.

Keeping a card with you that provides those who find you and emergency service workers with all of the emergency information they may need and who to contact if something happens to you. ​

Find out what you need to know inside this article!…

Creating And Implementing Relapse Prevention Plans – Our Comprehensive Guide

A relapse prevention plan (RPP) features a concrete course of action, outline coping mechanisms and ideas for managing cravings and triggers in times of stress when you may end up relapsing.
The plan can be amended and added to as time goes on and needs change. The more detailed the plan is, the more likely it is to be helpful during a variety of negative situations and events, should they arise.

Find out all you need to know and more, including downloadable templates, top tips, expert advice and printable checklists!…

How My Friends And Social Life Changed In Recovery

When I was first presented with this idea, I naturally balked. These were my friends and this was my life. Wasn’t it enough that I was going to stop drinking and using? It’s these questions that we must contend with in our social life. Keep reading to find out more!…

Top 5 Techniques To Overcome Obstacles In Addiction Recovery

Life is full of obstacles. This is certainly true if you struggle with an addiction. The road to recovery from substance use is often long and difficult, and there will be obstacles that all of us will face, some are common and others will be unique to you and your situation. Will you go over, under or around them? Will you stop and give up? Fortunately, life is also full of choices.

These top 5 tips will help you manage obstacles a little easier
Whilst still leaving you in control!…

How Becoming Vulnerable Changes Your Outlook On Life And Your Recovery

The first few days of rehab, therapy or community based treatment and support are often challenging and difficult. Opening up and becoming vulnerable is crucial for confronting addiction. Break down your walls, let go and discover the person addiction overshadowed: yourself!…

Journaling In Addiction And Recovery – Our Ultimate Guide

The aim of this ultimate guide is to provide you with all of the best and latest information, research and advice, tips and tricks behind the basics of journaling (diary writing), look at the various ways you can do it and provide you with ideas and suggestions to get you going if you’ve never tried writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper before. We also look at the science surrounding journaling and improving your physical health, mental health, addiction and recovery.

You will also find over 40 prompts to get you going if you’re new to this concept, or if your minds gone blank or you can’t think of a thing to write, these topics will give you a great nudge in the right direction for your journaling for your addiction, physical health, mental health and recovery journey.

If it’s not in this ultimate guide, it’s not worth knowing!…