Best Gift Ideas For Those With Drug And Alcohol Addictions

Now we’re in 2021, birthdays and other events will be coming, which can make gift giving a difficult process for those friends and family members who are around addicts and yet, still want to give them something meaningful, useful and with the minimum possible risk of misuse or abuse.

Whether it’s a holiday/annual event such as Christmas, a special occasion or a birthday, you may be wondering what to buy for that friend or loved one in your life who has been or is in recovery for a substance use disorder (drug or alcohol addiction).

Asking what they want can be problematic because the gifts they may ask for could be related to their substance use, or even make their addiction worse. If they ask outright for something directly related to their substance use disorder, such as money, drugs, alcohol or drug paraphernalia, it could lead to a conflict at a time when you want to strengthen and celebrate the occasion with them rather than weaken or damage your relationship with them.

These suggestions will help you to not only give them something that can be of practical use to them, but also strengthen your relationship with them by showing you care, love and support them without coming across as patronising or pushy

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome – Babies Born Addicts

Pregnant women who use substances regularly (both drugs and alcohol) may deliver newborn babies who are born dependent on the same substances as their mother, because substances are passed between mother and baby through their umbilical chord.

This also can affect the growth and development of the fetus, along with causing issues that will affect them throughout their later life.

Find out all you need to know about NAS and more, including treatment options and help and support for those who may be/are or wanting to become pregnant, but are substance dependent or on a MAT program.

Thank You For Your Hard Work This Christmas

We promised that we would match your purchases of Morrison’s supermarkets “pick up parcels” which give your local food banks the things they need at this time of the year but always run out of. Our volunteers said that they would put their hands in their pockets and match your purchases to double your donationsContinue reading “Thank You For Your Hard Work This Christmas”

Accept Help And Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For It Either! Find Out How You Can Get Help & Help Others In Addiction & Recovery

Trying to face the world alone in recovery is like trying to ice a cake without baking a cake underneath first of all!

Humans have social tendencies engrained in this DNA from hunter gatherer days when we were still living in caves.
Cave men couldn’t eat if they didn’t work together with others to stalk and kill their prey from subsistence hunting and trying to go it alone in recovery is very similar.

Find out some of our tips and tricks to learning new skills and helping others.

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!

The Importance Of Positive Self Talk In & Affirmations In Addiction & Recovery

We all have moments of self-doubt, but negative self-talk can become outright abusive and detrimental to our recovery efforts if we let it go on for too long. The way we treat ourselves is what shapes our self-perception, yet we tend to be much more critical on ourselves that we really should be.
In this article, we discuss what drives negative self talk as well as tricks and techniques to overcome them when they occur. We also look at the use of daily affirmations in recovery, a really powerful tool to utilise if you want long lasting, resilient recovery!…

Are You Ready For The 30-5 Challenge!?…

Are you ready to give thanks for the continued, unwavering and unconditional love and support to get, and have got from others?

“The 30-5 Challenge” is the perfect way to do it…

Managing Drug And Alcohol Cravings And Urges – Including How To “Urge Surf”

Alcohol And drugs make changes to the brain over time, including the slowing down of neural pathways and an overall shrinkage of the brain as a whole. But, before the brain is permanently affected, drinking and using drugs heavily leads to dependence to their substance(s) of choice, which makes it far more difficult to stopContinue reading “Managing Drug And Alcohol Cravings And Urges – Including How To “Urge Surf””

Creating Bucket Lists In Recovery

Christmas delivers it very own set of challenges for the recovering being; it seems that everywhere, everyone is making merry and having a cheeky little tipple of their favourite sauce, families must be dealt with, presents must be bought, things must be done…done…DONE. We… MUST… Make… Christmas… Fabulous – aaargh! It may make you wantContinue reading “Creating Bucket Lists In Recovery”