January 24, 2019

Anxiety & Addiction

January 10, 2019

Drug and Alcohol Addiction – The Nature and Truth

How Addiction Affects the Mind and Body In the depths of addiction, we find a vicious cycle. A painful place rarely understood, unless experienced. The only thing I can liken it to, that an average joe may understand, is the simple need for food and water. But this cannot be […]
December 10, 2018
Alcoholic Drinking

Living with an Alcoholic

Living with an Alcoholic From personal experience, living with an alcoholic is somewhat an emotional rollercoaster. On one hand you love that family member who suffers from addiction and on the other, you hate their illness. At times it’s heart-breaking to watch somebody who you love be consumed by their […]
November 19, 2018

Jane – Recovery from Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction Recovery – Jane’s Story My name is Jane and I am an alcoholic. True, I have not had a drink now for 5 years but I know that if I have just one drink today, within a week I would be drinking round the clock. I have no […]
November 9, 2018

Medical cannabis is now available on prescription

Medical cannabis is now available on prescription Working in a drug and alcohol rehab clinic, I am often asked for my opinion on whether or not this new development is going to be a ‘good thing’ for people’s health. I have to admit, I have a number of concerns about […]
October 22, 2018
Red Wine

The Prevalence of Alcohol and Drug use

How common is it for people to drink and use drugs? There has been a lot of publicity recently about the reduction in the proportion of young people drinking. More than a quarter (27%) of young people aged 16 – 24 years old do not drink at all, compared to […]
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 […]
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 […]