Addictions can occur in a wide variety of forms. Often, it is assumed that physical dependence characterised by withdrawal symptoms is required in order for someone to be diagnosed with an addiction use disorder, but the fact is that behavioural addiction can occur with all the negative consequences in a person’s life minus the physical issues faced by people who compulsively engage in drug and alcohol use.
The rituals that occur before, during and after also make up part of the addictive process. For example, cooking heroin in a spoon and putting on a tourniquet can be just as addictive at the heroin itself. Likewise, visit the local shop, knowing that when you get home in 10 minutes, you can drink. These “preparation behaviours” are just as important to highlight and treat.
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.
For those of you who struggle during Christmas, try to turn this annual event on its head, try to see Christmas as a time to celebrate all of your hard work, determination and effort that you’ve put in throughout 2020.
We could even use our disappointment as an excuse to relapse. Others may also see this as a chance for you to buy your way back into their life rather than simply earning your way back into their life with honesty, hard work, determination, reliable and responsible.
It’s vital to make sure that you are well prepared to avoid any possibly negative eventualities that could possibly arrive and this article will help to ensure that you are well prepared, ready and able to enjoy Christmas without the worry of relapsing!
This article is packed with tips, techniques and strategies to get you through this annual event safely and hopefully, a little happier and more comfortable in the reassurance that your ground work is done and ready in case things don’t work out to plan.
The Jellinek Curve outlines the disease model of addiction and how a person can move from a destructive, addicted state, only concerned about acquiring and using drugs and drinking alcohol, to a balanced recovery where you can grow and become a well balanced, happy, productive and prosperous human being once again.
Find out more about the Jellinek Curve here in this article and how it can benefit your addiction and efforts to enter recovery and then stay there!…
Harm reduction refers to a broad range of policies and practices that try to reduce the physical, mental and societal harms that people do to themselves and/or others from their drug and alcohol use.
This article covers a wide range of harm reduction strategies and best practice suggestions for those who use drugs and alcohol, those around them, their communities and the country as a whole, including those involved with sex work, those who drink/drug drive and what help and support is available to those who want it.
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!…
What we say and how we say it has an enormous impact on ourselves and others. For example, saying substance abuse instead of substance use disorder can create the feeling that they are choosing to use/drink and that it can be a moral failing.
The results inside, along with downloadable media, studies, reports, tips and ideas to overcome this barrier many face before or whilst deciding whether to enter and accept help in recovery.
We have lost so many lives from this which could have otherwise been saved. Lets not loose anymore people unnecessarily just because of this issue.
Many people diagnosed with a substance use disorder (an addiction) also suffer from a co-occurring mental health or behavioural disorders. This is known as a “dual diagnosis”. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected health issues simultaneously.
According to a recent study, approximately 80% people with an addiction also have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions among other physical health conditions too.
Do you want to look like this? These addicts thought they were just like everyone else, carry on reading to find out why.
Addicts are a perfect example of people who put a great deal of effort into justifying their unreasonable behaviours. They want other people to view them as rational because this is how they view themselves and receiving this “approval” from someone else lets them know that their behaviour is acceptable and without and form of negative label being attached to them such as being weak willed, ashamed, embarrassed, frustrated or even hate in some cases.
Find out 20 of the most commonly used excuses and lies used by addicts and the psychology behind this and the consequences that addiction causes, not only on the addict, but those directly and indirectly around them too.