August 6, 2013

Cocaine – why do people take it and what does it do?

Cocaine can make the user feel euphoric, positive, wide awake and generally very confident. These effects alongside the fact that many are able to drink alcohol whilst on the drug make it clear why exactly people take cocaine recreationally as users may be able to release their inhibitions and find […]
August 4, 2013

Drug Addiction: What Is Intervention and How Can It Help?

People who are addicted to drugs do not believe they have a problem, and if there is a problem, it’s your problem. That is a key idea to remember when trying to help a friend or loved one who is in the clutch of addiction. Just telling that person you […]
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. […]
April 15, 2013

Fear of Treatment

Fear is a huge issue which inhibits an individual in their seeking help and treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. Those who have never had a substance abuse problem will find it difficult to understand the difficulties of not only admitting to a problem but the process they must go […]
April 14, 2013

The Problem With Relapsing

When an addict leaves a long term rehabilitation facility after completing and receiving their given treatment they will truly believe that they are at a place in their life where they can finally remain sober and clean. However, it is very common for an individual to relapse and fall back […]
April 13, 2013

The different factors affecting success in beating substance abuse

The different factors of substance abuse and rehabilitation. The first step in substance abuse rehabilitation is to make sure the addict enters a long term rehabilitation programme. Once a person has entered treatment it is of the utmost importance for them to stay there and to maintain their sobriety. The […]
April 10, 2013

The immediate dangers of recreational drug use

The Drug and Alcohol Treatment Agency has recently pronounced that the perception of taking drugs has to change. This was in response to the incident on the 2nd of February which left Thomas Jones, 19, dead and another seriously ill after taking a form of ecstasy known as green apples, […]
April 9, 2013

Remaining sober after treatment

Many people view addiction as when someone cannot stop taking drugs or drinking alcohol at all. They view the extreme as addiction, such as a homeless person who has lost everything due to their habit. However there are many addicts who are able to stop for short periods of time […]
April 8, 2013

Abstinence Based Recovery

Those who abuse drugs and alcohol often find it difficult to get clean because they find it difficult to get help. The root of this problem is denial; many addicts view themselves as social drinkers, or recreational drug takers. This may be true, but it does not mean that they […]
April 6, 2013

Drug and alcohol abuse

Alcohol and drugs are potentially harmful substances and therefore it is important to bear in mind the impact which they have not only upon the individual, but also on the family and friends of those who are abusing. It must be recognized that while the addict is using, they are […]
January 30, 2013

Twelve Step Programmes

I make no apology for the fact that I am a total advocate of 12 Step Programmes as being the best way for addicts and alcoholics to get well, stay well and live a happy and fulfilled life. There are other ways of getting well and I know some people […]
January 29, 2013

Staying stopped

Most of us try for a long time and many different ways to cut down or stop drinking or using. I tried the following: – keeping a mental note of the units I drank and vowing to stop at a certain number each day or week (worked for a very […]
January 27, 2013

Visiting your GP

We alcoholics often feel ill but many of us resist going to the doctor. There are a number of reasons for this, one of them being that we do not want to admit to our problem, nor do we want to ask for help for it. We may or may […]
January 11, 2013

Who should I tell about my alcoholism or addiction?

This is a difficult question to answer and one that is personal to your circumstances. The simple answer is that the more people that know about your issue with alcohol and or drugs, the easier it should be in that they should stop offering you alcoholic drinks and so stop […]
January 8, 2013


It is quite common for addicts to be the last people to recognise that they have a problem. Family, friends and colleagues will try and help them into treatment but an addict will generally honestly believe that everything is being blown out of proportion and that they are ok. Drug […]
January 3, 2013

Withdrawal, the detox process and rehabilitation centres

Generally those who enter rehabilitation centres for alcohol or drug addiction have been abusing substances right up to their point of admittance and this is often due to the client’s decision to have a ‘blow out’ before finally quitting. The reason withdrawal happens is due to the brain acting like […]
January 1, 2013


Conventionally, Ketamine has been used in veterinary medicine as an anaesthetic and occasionally in paediatric medicine for the same purpose. Ketamine can both relieve pain and create strong hallucinations. The Ketamine that people acquire off the street is generally likely to have been stolen from vets or clinics. Users of […]
December 23, 2012

Is our problem only drink or drugs?

No one can force us to give up our drink or drugs. No one can force us to admit we are an alcoholic or an addict. We have to be prepared to admit that to ourselves. Others may spot it first and almost certainly our loved ones will get fed […]
December 22, 2012

What is a dry drunk?

A dry drunk is someone who is no longer drinking or using but who has not changed their life, feelings or behaviour beyond that. Lots of alcoholics and addicts think that they only need to stop drinking or using and all will be well. They think their willpower will solve […]
December 21, 2012

Addiction is a disease

Alcoholism is recognised by the World Health Organisation as a disease. Addiction is also a recognised illness. Many of us with the illness are quite relieved to find that it is just that – and we like the term disease given that many of us have been feeling dis-ease and […]
December 20, 2012

Getting clean and sober – the first month

Many of us alcoholics and addicts try many times to give up our alcohol and drugs before finally making it. The reasons for this are many. To start with, although many of us get into some embarrassing scrapes and cause pain to the people we love, we are still getting […]
December 15, 2012

What does an alcoholic or addict look like?

Are you thinking you might have a problem with drink or drugs but can’t be an alcoholic or addict because you do not look like one and your circumstances don’t suggest you are? Many people are under the misconception that in order to be an alcoholic or an addict, you […]
December 8, 2012

Crystal meth

N-methyl-1-phenyl-propan-2-amine is also called methamphetamine, methylamphetamine, or desoxyephedrine. The shortened name is simply ‘meth’. It is a chemical which, when in crystalline form is called crystal meth. It is also commonly called ice, Tina, or glass but goes by many other street names. It is a highly addictive drug. Its […]
November 20, 2012

Can recovering drug addicts drink alcohol?

Here at the Haynes Clinic, we often face quite a challenge convincing some of our younger clientele who come to our drug rehab clinic with drug problems that the way forward for them is total abstinence with no alcohol. Many of them protest that they have never had any problem […]