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!…

Can You Help The UK Government With Evidence Surrounding CBD Products?

The Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs (ACMD) has been commissioned to provide impartial and independent scientific advice on the acceptable levels of constituent cannabinoids in cannabidiol (CBD) products (in other words, other than CBD itself) marketed as consumer products.

The commission does not extend to prescribed products/medicines. The ACMD invites all sections of society to provide written evidence with regards to this commission.

Can you help? Find out how you can help, along with contact information inside this article!…

How Hangovers Work

Here’s what we know, what we don’t know and how you can use this information to minimise your suffering.

There are many myths and old wives tales that tell you how to avoid hangovers or how to cure them once you have one, but what does the science say about them? Can we actually avoid hangovers or get rid of them with a magic cure?

Keep reading to find out more!…

The UK Government Is Calling For written Evidence About Barriers To Legitimate Research For Controlled Drugs, Excluding Synthetic Cannabinoids

The UK Government’s Advisory Council For The Misuse Of Drugs Committee is looking at barriers to research working group calls for written evidence about barriers to legitimate research for controlled drugs.

We all need to do our part to advance the knowledge, care pathways, treatment options and improvement for the statistical improvement on the chances for long term, successful, happy, healthy recovery.

‘Benadryl Challenge’ on TikTok Is Dangerous, Experts Say

Teens and children are intentionally overdosing on the over-the-counter antihistamine as part of a social media “challenge” that may have already turned deadly.

The situation has concerned officials at the Food and Drug Administration in the US and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s enough that they issued a warning against the “serious problems” that can occur if you ingest too much Benadryl.

The online video encourages viewers to take excessive doses of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) to induce hallucinations.

This challenge reared is ugly head in 2020, but is unfortunately now reappearing in greater numbers while many people find themselves to be confined at home in lockdown for the Coronavirus Pandemic.

That’s why reading this article and sharing it with others could save more lives that you may realise, simply by spending it 30 seconds sharing it with others!…

How Chronic Substance Use And Addiction Increases Your Risks Of Infectious Diseases, Including The Coronavirus

Many substance users and addicts suffer with weakened immune systems. This puts them at a greater risk of infections, viruses, illnesses, cancer and even the coronavirus.

The chronic use of alcohol and nearly every type of drug that people misuse or become dependent upon, taxes the body, and more specifically, the immune system of an individual. This potentially results in compromised immune system functioning.

The use of most drugs that many people use recreationally and become dependent upon, including alcohol, leads to the suppression of the ability of the immune system to fight off infections, viruses, illnesses, impact the recovery from injuries and increase your risk of cancer development. In general, severe chronic alcoholics and drug addicts are considered immunocompromised hosts.

The Dangers Of Ritualised Behaviours In Addiction And Recovery And How To Overcome Them

When someone has a drug or alcohol addiction, substance use often becomes a ritual of its own. There might be a time of day or location where they typically use or drink, or they might always perform a certain routine before using or drinking. These behavioural patterns then become strongly ingrained over the course of a person’s life in active addiction.

Being able to recognise these rituals and knowing how to change and overcome them is a really important skill to be able to use if you want a long lasting, happy recovery journey.

They aren’t hard or complicated, but understanding them, recognising them and doing something about them by making little changes repetitively is the key to making these new, healthier changes to stick.

Addiction and Personal Responsibility: Who’s Problem Is It?

The definition of personal responsibility is the idea that human beings choose, instigate or otherwise cause their own actions. A corollary idea is that because we cause our actions, we can be held morally accountable or legally liable.

There are also various types of responsibility. Some are obvious types and others that are more subtle to identify.
In this article, we look at the various models and common arguments for both sides of the “argument” that are used to understand the role accountability and responsibility plays in active using or drinking, those in recovery and the family and friends of those afflicted by addictions.

How To Appreciate The Little Things In Addiction And Recovery

Appreciating the little things in life means that you focus your attention on what nurtures and sustains you in life. On everything and anything that brings you even the smallest amount of pleasure. It also means practicing gratitude by noticing these everyday things that you may otherwise take for granted so easily.

Because we are going through so many major changes in active addiction and early recovery, it can be somewhat difficult to hone in and focus on being grateful for the small stuff.

This article will help you to better appreciate the little things that we may take for granted when life gets hectic and rocky by providing you with hints, tips and strategies to include this into your daily life and activities.