The Importance of Therapy for Addiction Recovery

Many people with addiction will spend a long time living with their problem rather than getting help. This could be because they are in denial about the severity of their problem or that they do not want to face up to the fact that they even have a problem in the first place. No matter what their loved ones say to them, they may be unwilling to get help. However, many addicts will eventually decide to get help for their addiction when they have reached rock bottom and realise that they need to make a change in their lives. This...

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How to Approach the Issue of a Loved One’s Alcohol Addiction

Most people’s idea of an alcoholic is someone always falling around or slurring their words after drinking far too much alcohol, or someone who drinks spirits from a brown paper bag on the streets. However, some alcoholics are known as high-functioning alcoholics, who continue to provide for their family, go to work, and function normally, despite having an addiction to alcohol. The fact that they can do all this typically fuels their denial of having a problem. High-functioning alcoholics often believe that their drinking is not harming anyone else but themselves. There is no financial hardship and, because they have...

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Desperation of Those with Alcohol Addiction

While not all alcoholics are immediately recognisable as such, it is possible to tell that some people are suffering from this illness. Typically, those who have lost everything to their addiction will be living on the streets and may become quite desperate in terms of getting their hands on alcohol. Some have even resorted to drinking alcoholic hand wash stolen from hospitals. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that there have been numerous thefts of hand wash across hospitals in London, and the BBC has discovered a gang who have been carrying out similar raids. One member of the...

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Is it Easy to Spot an Addict?

Many people wrongly believe that it is easy to spot someone suffering from addiction issues. While some addicts display visible signs of addiction, others are not as easy to pinpoint. The truth is that around half of the addicts in the UK are what is known as functioning addicts, and it is usually impossible to tell that these individuals are suffering addiction issues. Most of those who have no experience of addiction have a stereotype in mind when they imagine what an addict looks like. They picture people who live on the streets and drink or take drugs down dark...

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Now Is the Time to Get Help for Addiction

Nobody chooses to be an addict – it is something that occurs over time and the truth is that many people turn to substances such as drugs and alcohol to help them cope with the pressures of everyday life or to escape certain fears they may have. However, the ironic thing is that drugs and alcohol tend to make their situation worse. Trying to deal with difficult situations by taking drugs or drinking alcohol is a big mistake. No matter how much you want to bury your head in the sand, things will only get worse if you head down...

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How to Deal with a Loved One with a Gambling Addiction

It is difficult to tell if someone you love is suffering from a gambling addiction because there are typically no visible physical signs. It is easy to gamble from a mobile phone, tablet or laptop in the presence of loved ones who may simply think the person is browsing the web. This is why so many individuals refer to gambling addiction as a hidden or secret addiction. With so many online gaming sites available and apps for mobile devices, online gambling has become very popular. For many, it is a relatively harmless activity but, for some, it can develop into...

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The Dangers of Eating Disorders

Many people in the UK suffer from eating disorders that could see them restricting the amount of food they eat or becoming so obsessed with food that they binge-eat. An eating disorder generally comes from an unhealthy attitude towards food, which will then become an obsession. Those with an eating disorder will usually be obsessed with their body shape, weight, and the food choices they must make. Their obsession can ultimately cause damage to their health, with many sufferers restricting the amount of food they intake to such an extent that they lose large amounts of weight, or others over-eating...

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How to Be Tough With Your Addicted Loved One

Living with an addicted person can be extremely tough. If this person is someone you love then it can be distressing to see them struggling with this crippling illness. You may want to do everything in your power to help them and make their life easier, but this can often cause more harm than good; especially if the addicted individual has learned how to manipulate your feelings to get what he or she wants. The truth is that family members may have to adopt a tough-love attitude in order to make their addicted loved one see how much hurt and...

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How to Help Your Loved One Get the Most from Recovery

Getting an addicted person to accept help can seem an insurmountable task, with countless addicts refusing to admit they have a problem. Many believe that they do not need help while others are simply unwilling to accept help as they feel it makes them appear weak. However, if you have managed to convince a loved one to get help for addiction, it is important that he or she realise that there is much more to a successful recovery than simply showing up for therapy sessions. Those who want to enjoy success in rehab need to put in some effort and...

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A Shopping Addiction That Got Out of Control

When most people think of addiction, their thoughts automatically turn to alcohol, drugs, and gambling. Many are unaware that there are other addictions people suffer from, including to sex and shopping. Many people jokingly say they have a shopping addiction because they like to head to the shops, but an actual addiction can be devastating. Those suffering from a shopping addiction have no control over their actions, and they will continue spending even when they do not need the item in question or when they cannot afford to spend the money. Types of Shopping Addictions There are a number of...

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Are British People Ignoring Alcohol Guidelines?

Many people in the UK regularly drink more than the recommended daily allowance of alcohol. This regular consumption of more than the recommended amount can be dangerous for health and can, in some cases, lead to alcohol addiction. New research has found that many people in the UK do not actually heed the guidelines because they do not drink every day. They believe that the guidelines do not apply to them because they only drink on the weekends. However, excessive consumption of alcohol in one session, known as binge drinking, can be equally as damaging to health. Women are advised...

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Hospital Admissions for Alcohol-Related Incidences on the Increase

Alcohol-related illnesses and injuries put an immense strain on the health service in the UK with millions spent each year on admissions and treatments. Drinking too much alcohol can have a devastating effect on health as it increases the risk of developing certain conditions such as heart disease, liver disease, diabetes, dementia, obesity, and some cancers. Alcohol abuse can also lead to accidents on the road or at work. Some people are affected by mental health problems including depression, stress, anxiety, paranoia, and suicidal thoughts. Alcohol also makes certain people aggressive and is a contributing factor in a number of...

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How to Get a Loved One to Accept Help for Addiction

Addiction affects so many people all over the world; unless you have experience with it, it can be difficult to understand how someone could refuse help when it is offered to them. Watching someone destroy his or her life because of addiction is particularly painful and frustrating, especially if this person refuses to accept that he or she has a problem and appears unwilling to get help. From the outside looking in, it can be easy to see how addiction is ruining a loved one’s life; to them, though, you may be overreacting or trying to take away the one...

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Arranging an Intervention for a Loved One with an Addiction

If someone you love is struggling with addiction, you may be wondering how to help. Those who have never experienced addiction for themselves may assume it is simply a case of giving up whatever it is the person has become dependent on. However, it is not that easy. Addiction is an illness of the brain that causes uncontrollable urges to take a particular substance or engage in a given activity. Some individuals have addictions to substances such as illegal or prescription drugs while others may be dependent on alcohol to get them through each day. Some may feel the need...

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The Importance of Eating Right in Recovery

Accepting help for addiction is a significant step. Many addicts will be in denial for such a long time about their problems that no matter what their friends or family members say they will not believe that they actually need help. Those who suffer from addictions to substances such as alcohol or drugs or activities such as shopping or gambling may believe that they are quite capable of stopping any time they want. However, until they do try to stop, they may not realise the grip that addiction has on their lives. Finally accepting that addiction is having a harmful...

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