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. […]
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 […]
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, […]
June 17, 2014

Abuse of over the counter medication

In the past there was a limit to the substances that could have been abused or experimented with. For example, during the first and second world wars, alcohol and cigarettes were the most commonly used with cigarettes being used by a large percentage of the population? During the so called […]
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 […]
May 13, 2014

Alcoholism: the progression

For almost everyone, their first drink tastes disgusting and takes a long time to get down. My first drink was bought for me by my brother and sister. As a 13 year old, we were all out at a young person’s do and there was a bar. I asked for […]
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 […]
December 31, 2013

What are the common issues for alcoholics and addicts?

When we are drinking alcoholics or using addicts, we have many common problems in our lives. Not all of these apply to every alcoholic or addict but the common themes are that we lie a lot; we do not show any real interest in things around us; we have eating […]
December 11, 2013

What is an Addictive Personality

Many of the people attending the Haynes Clinic come because they are addicted to one particular substance, be it alcohol, one of the fairly prevalent illegal drugs or prescription medication.  A significant number present with a dual addiction such as alcohol and cocaine. Whatever the substance, as a total abstinence […]
December 9, 2013

Cocaine Abuse

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive drug of abuse. Once having tried cocaine, an individual cannot predict or control the extent to which he or she will continue to use the drug. The major routes of administration of cocaine are sniffing or snorting, injecting, and smoking (including free-base and crack cocaine). […]
October 23, 2013

How Cocaine Addiction Destroys The Family

Although the cocaine addict doesn’t intend to draw everyone into their addiction, they do.  Cocaine is one of the most rampant addictions in today’s society and it is also one of the hardest addictions to break.  People start out with it innocently enough; say, at a party, but then it […]
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 […]
October 16, 2013

Alcoholics Anonymous: dominated by men?

Alcoholics Anonymous and social workers: Some criticisms and responses Part 1   It would seem there are many social workers and other professionals who have submitted a number of criticisms of Alcoholics Anonymous. These are: Excessive male orientation and neglect of social divisions Adherence to a medical model/disease model The […]
October 15, 2013

Alcohol and liver disease

Consuming alcohol over the recommended amount of units may lead to liver disease. Excessive alcohol intake over a prolonged period of time leads to an even higher risk of liver diseases such as fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis. This in turn can lead to liver failure and if not treated […]
October 14, 2013

Trying to cut down or to stop drinking

I knew I had to cut down on my drinking. I thought this would do the trick. However, as my drinking got out of control, it began to impact heavily on my day to day life. I tried all ways to control my drinking from moderate drinking to having a […]
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 8, 2013

Am I an alcoholic?

Do you think you might be an alcoholic? There may be many reasons why you do not want even to consider this question in relation to yourself. There is still a stigma attached to the word and you may feel that people will judge you and think less of you […]
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 3, 2013

The early signs of alcoholism

Even in hindsight, it is hard to identify exactly when my drinking started to become a problem. I know I had to hide it to some extent even early on in my 20s, 20 years before I finally got into recovery. My weekly shopping always included a few bottles of […]
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’. […]