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 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 importantly, if […]
July 23, 2014

Spouses and Partners in early recovery

If we have managed to hold on to our relationship by the end of our drinking or using, we are very fortunate. We have partners who have put up with a great deal – this maybe because despite everything they still love us, maybe they have put up with us […]
July 7, 2014

Things to avoid in early recovery

One of the most important things to avoid in early recovery – if you can – is stress. Many of us drank or used on the basis that we were ‘stressed’. Even those of us with no major traumas in our lives might have drunk to relax after a hard […]
June 20, 2014

Dealing with feelings in early recovery

Every alcoholic and addict uses alcohol and / or drugs in order to blur or escape from their feelings. We either do not like how we feel or cannot cope with it, so many of us have for years not really ‘felt’ as other ‘normal’ people do. So when we […]
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 […]
August 1, 2013

The addictive nature of drugs

Heroine is arguably the most addictive drug in the world. It affects opioid receptors throughout the body and mirrors the effects of endorphin’s, dampening pain and causing pleasure. Your brain has millions of opioid receptors, thus when people take heroin they are essentially training their brain to crave the effects. […]
June 21, 2012

Are you helping or enabling a loved one's addiction?

It is very often the case that when we find out a loved one has an addiction we help them. However there is much confusion with the blurry lines between ‘helping’ and ‘enabling’ in this kind of situation. When ‘helping’ a loved one or friend we are actively doing something […]