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 19, 2014

Addictive Personality

Addictive Personality Addictive personality traits make themselves apparent in a multitude of ways and affect many and varying people. People can have addictive personalities that make them more vulnerable to self-destructive, compulsive behaviours making it easier for them to become addicted to all sorts of things, from drugs, alcohol, shoplifting, […]
October 22, 2013

The Twelve Step Programme Works!

I woke up with the police in my living room and my two year old son running around – not knowing how I got there again.  My thirteen year old daughter was on her way home from school and was greeted by an ambulance and two police cars outside our […]
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 […]
July 17, 2013

The Principle of Acceptance in Early Recovery

In jargon used by the members of twelve step programs, the term ‘acceptance’ is a key concept in being able to recognise the problem the addict has with substance abuse, addiction and admission of the problem. As a principle recovery, acceptance denotes the necessity to acknowledge their situation and to […]
July 15, 2013

The First 30 Days of Recovery

The first thirty days of recovery are known to be the most strenuous and difficult of all. This is because you are at the infancy of sobriety and the addict does not yet have the experience and know how to change the path of their energy away from their addiction […]
April 28, 2013

More on recovery (3)

No one is perfect which, put another way, means that we all have defects of character. For alcoholics, it is particularly important that we identify these defects and set about working on them as they could lead us down a slippery slope to relapse – which could lead to us […]
April 27, 2013

More on recovery (2)

There are certain ‘big ticket items’ that have improved immeasurably since I got into recovery. Many of these will be identifiable by other recovering alcoholics. First, although outwardly a confident person, I was actually quite fearful by the end of my drinking and my fears have now generally gone. In […]
April 26, 2013

More on recovery (1)

Many of us who drink too much have an ongoing fear about the physical damage we are doing to our bodies. We worry about the obvious – liver failure – and have a morbid fascination with the high profile personalities who literally drink themselves to death, such as George Best. […]
November 12, 2012

The first 5 traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous

The twelve traditions of Alcoholics Anonymous are considerably less well known than the Twelve Steps. I do not know anyone that can recite them all by heart – though I will test this over the coming days with those who I believe are most immersed in AA! The first Tradition […]