February 23, 2017

How to best support a recovering alcoholic / addict

How to best support a recovering alcoholic / addict When our clients leave the clinic, having completed the alcohol rehab treatment programme, they have no reason at all to drink or use again. If they have taken on board what has been said and what they have learned and most […]
February 23, 2017

What is the success rate of the Haynes Clinic?

What is the success rate of the Haynes Clinic? This is a question I am often asked and understandably people want to know what are the chances of the person coming to drug or alcohol rehab treatment getting and staying well. There are a number of answers I can give. […]
June 4, 2014

Tackling the problem of addiction within the family

Parents who have children with addiction often understand that the addiction has taken over their children’s life to the point where they are unrecognisable. These parents may have had to resort to legal help to forcibly remove their child from the home and into a rehabilitation programme. An entire family […]
January 13, 2014

Crack addiction and treatment

The problem with crack as a drug and this addiction to it, is changing and developing in Europe and the UK. This ultimately leads to greater health and social problems which can challenge and destabilise society. According to the British Crime Survey (2003-2004), since 2001 the use of crack is […]
October 10, 2013

Relapse – just one drink – beware!

After I had completed my treatment, I felt good. I left The Haynes Clinic and felt it was time to start work again. I found some work in London and was attending AA meetings 3 times a week. Life was good and I felt good about being sober. I was […]
October 7, 2013

Losing control of my drinking

My daily life as an alcoholic – out of control What came first? Drinking too much so that my life fell apart? Or my life falling apart and then I drank too much? The truth is probably that both these things happened. My heavy drinking was at least part responsible […]
October 4, 2013

How did rehab help me?

In December 2010 I arrived at Haynes Clinic for professional help with my addiction to Alcohol and Drugs (cocaine). I could no longer live the life I was living. I needed help! I was running away from my inner self and my emotions by trying to be someone else with […]
October 2, 2013

At what age can people start to drink alcoholically?

As a teenager, I was not known for being a heavy drinker. I had my first alcoholic drink at the age of 13 when my sister and brother decided to give me a vodka and lime rather than the lemonade and lime I requested when I attended my first ‘disco’. […]
September 25, 2013

Do I have a gambling problem?

Do I have an addiction to gambling? Problem gambling (or Pathological Gambling) is estimated to affect just under 1% of the population of the United Kingdom. The rate among adolescent slot-machine gamblers is twice as high. Problem gamblers experience a range of negative health-related consequences such as depression, insomnia, intestinal […]
September 20, 2013

The personal expereince of a functioning addict

The personal experience of a functioning alcoholic   How can I be an alcoholic? That is what I said to my girlfriend when a woman I knew from my teens died of liver disease. She was the same age as me – 33 at the time. “Don’t tar me with […]
September 6, 2013

NHS Alcohol use statistics

The latest alcohol statistics report (Health & Social Care Information Centre, 2011) that in England, in 2009, 69% of men and 55% of women (aged 16 and over) consumed an alcoholic drink on at least one day in the previous week with 10% of men and 6% of women drinking […]
September 5, 2013

Alcohol and Depression

ALCOHOL AND DEPRESSION: DO I DRINK BECAUSE I AM DEPRESSED? OR AM I DEPRESSED BECAUSE I DRINK? Alcohol abuse is socially unacceptable. The common opinion is that an alcoholic is a weak willed, pathetic person whereas more sympathy is given to a person who suffers from depression. So a person […]
August 22, 2013

Life without Addiction

LIFE WITHOUT ADDICTION If you are reading this, then it is likely that you have made the decision to address your addiction and have come to realise that you need professional help and support to achieve the recovery you deserve. Ask yourself some key questions: Are you ready to give […]
September 5, 2011

Families and Addiction

The expression ‘elephant in the room’ is used in many families. However when addiction creeps into a family the ‘elephant’ becomes larger and more powerful. Families attempt to ignore (deny) its existence. They walk around it, fearing to name it in order to avoid sudden and inexplicable outbursts. When painful […]