The Role Abuse, PTSD & Adverse Childhood Experiences Play In Addiction

Abuse comes in many shapes and forms, some obvious and others are extremely subtle in the way that the abuse takes place. Abuse can occur at any age, by anyone, toward anyone, so please don’t think that just because you’re an adult now, that abuse cannot happen. This is why being aware of the various forms of abuse is so important.

In this article, we will look at the role abuse plays in childhood, adults and the elderly. We cover domestic violence and we will also look at adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), their roles and how they cause knock on effects throughout their lives.

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”

Trouble For Our Food Banks This Coming Christmas, So We’re Asking For Your Help & We Will Put Our Money Where Our Mouth Is Too!

We know that COVID pandemic has added unnecessary pressure to families who are already struggling with addictions, COVID isolation and more.
That’s why we have decided to ask for your help. To help our food banks who will be helping our most in need this year and do not have all of the items they otherwise would have if we weren’t in the same situation we are now!

For every pack bought by our DnD family, use the hashtag mentioned in the article and send us the pic and we will buy another to the same value in your name! What could be easier?!…

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.

The 5 Most Common Behaviour Traits Of An Addict And What You Can Do About It

The behaviour of an addicted person is baffling, frustrating, frightening and sad. The power substances have over the addict is so strong that many people are totally overwhelmed and powerless by it.

Their actions and words are dictated by their need and desire for more drugs and/or alcohol, but those who know and love that person may not be able to understand why they are behaving the way they are or why making permanent changes is so difficult when others who don’t have addictions could make those changes easily.

In this article, we will look at the top 5 most common traits of an addict, how to recognise them and what you can do about them…

Mindfulness, What Is It And Can It Help Me?

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we’re doing and not overly reactive or overwhelmed by what’s happening around us.

Mindfulness also allows us to choose beneficial choices and identify negative ones. It helps with cravings, urges, temptations, mental health, physical health, relationships and many more!

Find out all you need to know and more inside this extremely comprehensive guide for mindfulness!…

Always Have Something To Talk About With Our Talking Cheat Sheet

Sometimes we find it difficult to start a conversation, to find something to talk about or to express what we want to say with the the correct intention we want to get across to someone else.

This “talking cheat sheet” give you prompts, ideas and suggestions for conversation, communication, creativity and many more uses besides, your creativity is your only limit!…

If Only We’d Known… We Need Your Help

Hindsight is a wonderful thing.
If only we knew when we were younger what we know now or could tell someone else!

We obviously can’t change the past, but we can change what we do now and in the future & we need your help!
We want to know what you’d say to yourself or someone else who may be ending up going down the same or similar road to you or a loved one.

We will be producing a “big brother book of advice” which will be given to local schools so that we can try and curve the ever increasing rates of substance use and addiction.

Nature Vs Nurture: Is Addiction Learnt Or Inherited?

Is your addiction because of nature or nurture? Are you born an addict or is it because of the way you were raised? Find out here in our article on nature vs nurture!