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.

Therapies Can Be Like Pulling Off A Bandaid/Plaster

Therapies such as counselling, hypnotherapy, EMDR, regression therapies, marriage counselling, anger management and group/family therapies among others are designed to help you move past the point you currently find yourself in, where you are using substances to mask the emotional pain that you experienced and as a protective measure, your body tells you to “forget” about the issue as it’s still emotionally painful to think or speak about so this protective measure can be why you find yourself turning to substances to cope.

Better understanding the benefits of therapy and why you should consider undergoing therapy is going to be a really important decision when it comes to your recovery and moving on from past traumas which may hold you back or cause you to relapse in the future.

Thoughts Are Simply That… Thoughts!

Our minds can be a powerful force which can cause us to do both good or bad things. Our minds know just what to say to you and at just the right time for your mind to achieve whatever it is focused on. As addicts, we know this extremely well in the form of cravingsContinue reading “Thoughts Are Simply That… Thoughts!”

Recognising And Overcoming Behavioural Addictions

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.

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.

Christmas Survival Guide For Addicts And The Coming End Of 2020

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.

Are You Dry Drunk? Could You Have Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome?

If you’ve quit drinking alcohol but are still struggling with the negative and destructive attitudes, thoughts and feelings as you did during active addiction, you may be dealing with what’s called “dry drunk syndrome” (DDS) also known as Post Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS).

7 Things People in Active Addiction Or Recovery Wish You Knew

For many people, a substance addiction aka substance use disorder (SUD) or alcohol use disorder (AUD) was like a living organism that started with the seeds of addiction being planted in our minds. They then slowly grow and grow, constantly stretching its tentacles out of our minds and across our bodies whilst constantly taking a stronger and tighter grip on our body, mind and soul until it reaches the point at which we are completely encased in a thick, black unbreakable case, stronger than platinum or bullet proof glass.

In this article we look at some of the most common misconceptions, lies and myths when it comes to the general public or those who have little to no experience with addictions.
Information gets passed down from parents to children, hence why all of this information is still swimming around out there.

But if we share what we learn with others, challenge wrong information and correct it where you can, the lives of addicts will be much better off. Not only for accessing treatment and therapies, but just to simply tell families and loved ones that they have an addiction without fear of being judged, shamed or even exiled from their families, job and friends just to list a few!…

Is The New Guinness Clear TV Adverts And Media Causing More Unnecessary Pressure For Alcohol Addicts Or Is It A Great Idea For Public Awareness? You Decide!…

Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed the adverts on TV and in other forms of media for Guinness clear.

During the advert, they sell the idea of Guinness clear as a new alcoholic product, however, if you watch it until the end, you soon realise that Guinness clear is actually something quite different!

Find out what Guinness clear is and why it’s causing such a media storm across the UK. Do you think it’s a good or bad idea? You decide!…

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!…