October 16, 2018

New Workshop for Families of Addicts

New Workshop for Families of Addicts (Learning How to Cope with Addicted Loved Ones)     The Haynes Clinic is delighted to be offering a one-day workshop each month, tailored specifically to help the families of addicted loved ones.   Co-dependency is a learned behaviour that causes sufferers to ignore […]
October 11, 2018

Have you ever experienced a blackout due to drinking?

Over the past month there has been a lot of publicity about the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the USA. The controversy concerning his appointment was due to an allegation of sexual assault in the early 1980s when he and his alleged victim were in high […]
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 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 […]
September 26, 2013

Alcoholism and Addiction – a personal tale

Alcoholism and addiction – a personal tale   In the present day pressure cooker existence of modern life, what greater threat is there for the well-being and future of ourselves and our children than drink and drugs? There may be hidden away somewhere in some silo underground weapons of mass […]
August 21, 2013

What is an Opiate Detox?

When deciding to abstain from your opiate addiction, the first few steps can be some of the most important. It doesn’t matter how serious your opiate problem is there is always the ability for an addict to get clean. It is incredibly important to recognise the process during the first […]
August 20, 2013

Big Book Quote

“Next we launched out on a course of vigorous action, the first step of which is a personal housecleaning, which many of us had never attempted. Though our decision was a vital and crucial step, it could have little permanent effect unless at once followed by a strenuous effort to face, and to be […]
August 19, 2013

What is an addiction?

An addiction is something that people often find difficult to define, but can generally be thought of as a dependence upon a substance or behavior. Many people are surprised to hear however that an addiction is actually a disease, and it will be expressed to you in these terms throughout […]
August 16, 2013

Why do we need to ask for help?

Even the most fearsome warriors in battle often must concede defeat and call for help. Without it they might not be the success that they are and ultimately it can save their life. This is also true of addiction, having the bravery and courage to ask for help is one […]
August 15, 2013

Please read this really good write up on Antidotes for Addiction

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August 15, 2013

Dry Drunk

Dry drunk is a term used to describe those who are no longer abusing substances, but are still exhibiting behavior which is associated with their using. Anti-social behavior such as a bad temper depression dishonesty and selfishness. Essentially nothing has actually changed other than the fact that they no longer […]
August 14, 2013

Accepting the truth

The most concept for an addict to grasp is that they are in fact an addict. Just as someone cannot be made to drink or made to be sober an addict cannot be made to believe that he or she has a problem. If it is not acknowledged that the […]
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 2, 2013

Making Amends

The most effective way of remaining abstinent post rehabilitation is by attending twelve step group meetings like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). In these programs steps 8 and 9 discuss “making a list of all persons we had harmed…and making direct amends, wherever possible”. It can be confusing to both those recently […]
July 30, 2013

Treatment Methods for Women

Addiction to drugs is a serious, chronic, and relapsing health problem for both women and men of all ages and backgrounds. Among women, however, drug abuse may present different challenges to health, may progress differently, and may require different treatment approaches. It is possible for drug-dependent women, of any age, to […]
July 29, 2013

Interventions and getting past the denial

Many people who find themselves in a position where a member of their family or a loved one is in a position where they believe that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. It is an innately awkward position to find oneself in, the most important thing is to […]
July 26, 2013

Alcoholics Anonymous and the principle of being of service

In Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), ‘service’ alongside ‘unity’ and ‘recovery’ is a key principle of the program. It may appear that service has a blatant interpretation to it but it has the potential to cause some confusion when it is used as a manipulative way to attempt to control others. What […]
July 25, 2013

Changing Perceptions of Marijuana

Many people have argued that marijuana is neither addictive nor a problem to the lives of those who use it. People argue that marijuana is different from other drugs, where as they are chemicals refined and manipulated by man, marijuana is merely a herb which they smoke. People have commonly […]
July 24, 2013

Personality and Opiate Addiction

Trying to understand the reasons behind who are more likely to have an opiate addiction and why they have a greater propensity towards addiction that others, can be very complex. At a basic level one will look at the function of narcotics and the effect they have on the brain […]
July 23, 2013

Pills Anonymous

The twelve step programs such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous are incredibly popular and successful. However a lesser known group that is just as regularly used by those in the early stages of recovery. Pills are generally believed to be the same as narcotics, therefore someone may be confused […]
July 22, 2013

Meditation is Part of Recovery

Meditation and prayer is sometimes talked about within the twelve step community. It is not uncommon for recovering addicts to feel slightly uncomfortable with the concept. However, many who are in long term abstinence have become adept at meditation as it is a way in which they can find peace […]
July 19, 2013

Gambling Addiction

Gambling addiction is possibly one of the most difficult addictions to get past. Wherever we go and whatever we do we are constantly reminded of gambling, whether it be in a movie advertisements surfing the web or shopping on a high street it is constant. The temptation is constant and […]
July 16, 2013

The link between Nicotine and Cocaine use

Research carried out by Dr. Amir Levine, Eric R. Kandel, and Denise Kandel at Columbia University examined the link between nicotine and cocaine. In their experiments, mice that were recurrently exposed to nicotine showed much more addiction-like behaviors and addiction-related brain changes when then exposed to cocaine than mice that had never had nicotine. Those […]
July 11, 2013

Alcohol Addiction and Recovery

Alcoholism affects us all at some point in our lives and manifests itself through a number of different ways. It affects all walks of life from aristocratic billionaires to the homeless and the addict no matter how hard they try is unable to avoid the misgivings of addiction. Some people […]