Managing Wound Care & Chronic Complications Associated With Sustained Injecting

This article contains images, videos and other media that shows real-life wounds, abscesses, ulcers and amputations associated with injecting throughout. Not for those with a nervous disposition to wounds and graphic media.

It has been reported that one third of substance users will develop an injection-related abscesses, sores or open wounds within a one-year period at minimum.

Education about substance use, skin issues and wound care is an important part of helping not only the user but also the health care professionals that are encountering this consequence of injecting more and more often.

Discover the warning signs when wounds develop and when more professional help may be needed.

Dummies Guide To Harm Reduction For Those Who Are Addicted To Drugs And Alcohol

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.

The Use And Misuse Of Prescribed Opioids And The Risk Of Subsequent Addiction

Opioids & opiates are supposed to be a short term solution for moderate to severe pain. However, so many people are on them for so long, that they have become physically and psychologically dependent on them, firstly because they enjoy the way they make them feel and secondly, to avoid withdrawal symptoms.

Unfortunately, the ever increasing epidemic of opioid addiction is ravaging nations around the world, killing people unnecessarily, for a health condition that is treatable!

Find out all you need to know about opioids, addiction, pregnancy, overdoses, death withdrawal symptoms and treatment options and much more!…

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.

Could Mindfulness Make The Brain Immune To Temptation?

We have studied the Brain for decades, trying to unlock it’s mysterious yet astonishing abilities!
A researcher from Washington University has studied the Brain to see whether implementing mindfulness techniques and practices could make our brain immune to temptations from the things we have developed a physical and psychological patterns of behaviour around.

Find out more about her research methods and clinical findings here!…

Self Reassurance Is A Powerful Tool In Addiction & Recovery

Self reassurance is a powerful tool when it comes to overcoming active addiction, cravings, urges, temptations, stress and our mental health. Learning to use and implement this easy technique is a must if you want to ensure you have the best knowledge and skills to successfully navigate a lifelong recovery journey…

We Need More Mobile Drug Consumption Spaces Like This One

Supervised drug consumption facilities, where illicit drugs can be used under the supervision of trained staff, have been operating in Europe for the last three decades. These facilities primarily aim to reduce the acute risks of disease transmission through unhygienic injecting, prevent drug-related overdose deaths and connect high-risk drug users with addiction treatment and other health and social services.

National Addiction Treatment Week – Tip 1

It’s national addiction treatment week so we thought we’d share a few of our tips and tricks we’ve picked up during our time actively using or drinking and in our recovery. Our first tip is inside here…

See Lapses And Relapses As A Learning Experience

Breaking any type of habit can be challenging because it is easy to get accustomed to anything that is constantly practiced. This is why, when trying to break a substance dependence habit, one reality that people face is the risk of relapsing.

Find out about triggers and preventative measures that you can put in place here…

How The Terms We Use In Addiction And Recovery Matter And How To Overcome This Vital Issue

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.