Can You Force an Addict to Get Help?

Discovering that a family member is suffering from addiction can be heart-breaking. It is difficult for loved ones to understand how the person that they know and love so well can change before their very eyes. However, in many instances, family members will not discover an individual’s addiction until it is well advanced. Those who are suffering from addiction will go to great lengths to avoid suspicion, and many family members will simply not want to consider the possibility that this person could have an addiction to a particular substance or activity. Knee Jerk Reaction Once family members find out...

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Tips for Avoiding Alcohol after Rehab

One of the hardest parts of becoming free from addiction is admitting you have a problem. Many addicts remain in denial for a long time and, quite often, it takes concerned family members to make them see that they need to get help. However, once they do take that step towards recovery, they can access treatments and support to help them get clean. For someone with an alcohol addiction, the goal is to become free from alcohol and to be able to re-enter society without reaching for the bottle every time life gets a bit tough. If you have completed...

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Police Raid Legal High Shops in Manchester

Legal highs are a growing problem in the United Kingdom as more and more young people are risking their lives to take what many assume to be safe substances. However, the fact that these substances are labelled as ‘legal’ does not mean they are safe to take. By law, these substances cannot be sold for human consumption but manufacturers get around this by labelling them as plant foods, salts, or even incense. Nonetheless, many young people are taking these substances because they are cheap and readily available. Many do not realise that they are putting themselves in danger every time...

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Growing Problem of Gambling Addiction

Gambling has become a growing problem in all areas across the UK. Online gambling has made it much more accessible and, as a result, thousands of people suffer from growing debts because of a habit they cannot break. There are also a growing number of online gaming sites offering new customers the chance to get free money to play with once they make their first deposit. Many problem gamblers will have accounts on various gaming sites because, each time they open a new account, they will get more cash to play with. With more and more gambling advertisements on TV...

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The Effect of Addiction on Intimate Relationships

Addiction can affect all types of relationships. It can cause the breakdown of relationships between a parent and child and, in many cases, can cause the breakup of a marriage. One of the biggest casualties of addiction is intimacy between partners. Addicts will find it almost impossible to maintain a healthy relationship with anyone when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. The substance to which a person becomes addicted often becomes the most important part of their life, and they will neglect other areas. Children, marriage, and sex will all take a backseat to the addiction. Until the person...

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The Link Between Low Self-Esteem and Addiction

There seems to be a definite link between low self-esteem and addiction, with those who deem themselves to be unworthy of love and happiness often turning to substance abuse as a way to forget about their problems. People with little self-worth may struggle to enjoy life and develop relationships with other people, and because they are so unhappy with their life, they will seek anything to help them to escape how they are feeling. That will often lead to alcohol or drug abuse, which only provides temporary relief. In the long-term, low self-esteem will be accompanied by depression and misery....

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How to Get an Addicted Loved One to Accept Help

One of the most heart-breaking things to see is a loved one suffering because of addiction. If someone you love has changed because of addiction, it is natural to want him or her to get help. Most family members will do everything they can with the hope that they can get their loved one back. Seeing this person change for the worse because of addiction can be soul destroying. Knowing that the individual they once were does not exist anymore can be hard to accept and many family members will be convinced that they cannot get that person back. However,...

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What Causes Addiction and Why Are Some People More Susceptible?

Around two million people in the UK suffer from addiction. An addiction is an illness of the brain that causes the affected person to do something to the point where it could cause them harm. Individuals suffering from addiction have no control over their urge to take specific substances or engage in certain activities. Most think of drugs, alcohol, and gambling upon hearing the word addiction, but there are many things to which people can become addicted, including dieting, sex, shopping, and the internet. Regardless of what a person is addicted to, one thing is common among all addicts –...

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The Importance of Support for Addiction Recovery

Addiction is an illness that affects tens of thousands of individuals across the UK. Those who suffer from this devastating illness may be in denial for a long time, finding it difficult to accept the fact that they do indeed have a problem. This has a lot to do with the stigma and stereotyping that is often associated with addiction. Those who have never experienced the trauma of dealing with an addiction will no doubt find it hard to understand. Some assume that it is a particular type of person that suffers from addiction when, in fact, it can affect...

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The Dangers of Underage Drinking

Underage drinking is a problem in the UK that seems to be getting worse. There are concerns for the wellbeing of young adults that drink alcohol because they are particularly at risk of serious side effects. Many teenagers die each year because of complications from alcohol abuse, and a large number of them that begin drinking alcohol at an early age will find themselves in rehab during early adulthood. Parents and officials are working hard to prevent underage drinking by educating youngsters on the dangers of this activity. Undercover Operation One of the biggest challenges for teenagers who wish to...

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How to Tell if Someone Has an Addiction

Many people have an idea of what an addict looks like. This is largely to do with how the media portrays addicted people. However, not all addicts show physical signs that they have a problem. Some individuals that abuse substances such as drugs or alcohol can hide their addiction from the outside world, but those who know them well may be able to spot certain signs that there is a problem. Addiction is an illness that causes individuals to engage in specific activities including gambling, sex, or shopping, or take certain substances such as alcohol or drugs, despite the fact...

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The Risk of Relapse for Recovering Addicts

For anyone who has been through the process of rehabilitation for an addiction such as alcoholism, relapse is a constant danger. During early recovery, it is common to spend time thinking of returning to the substance to which the person was addicted. The threat of relapse never goes away because it can just take one time for a person to succumb to temptation for them to be right back where they started. Relapse is a continual worry for both the individual and their family because there is always that concern that if he or she does return to their addictive...

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NHS Could Save Millions by Changing the Way Alcoholism Is Treated

Alcohol abuse is a problem that costs the British economy billions of pounds every year. However, the Victoria Derbyshire programme believes that, if the NHS were to change the way it deals with alcoholic patients, it could save around £27 million every year. With almost £3.8 billion spent by the taxpayer on alcohol-related issues each year, something needs to be done to change the way that these issues are dealt with. It is estimated that a third of all A & E admissions are due to alcohol abuse. However, at the weekend that figure can rise to over two-thirds. Wasting...

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How Parents Can Influence Their Children’s Decision to Take Drugs

Almost every parent’s worst nightmare would be to discover that their child had been taking drugs. Most parents worry that the growing problem with drugs on the streets of Britain will affect their child and will, therefore, want to protect them from this situation at all costs. Drugs in Schools Imagine how devastating it would be to find out that your young teenager was in possession of an illegal drug such as heroin. A request under the Freedom of Information Act has revealed that a fourteen-year-old girl from Greater Manchester was discovered with £500 worth of heroin at school. Between...

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Why All Recovering Addicts Need a Fighting Spirit

Nobody chooses to be an addict – it is just something that happens to some people. When it comes to drugs, the person decides to take them the first time but they will never be planning to become addicted to them. It is the same with alcohol; alcohol is socially acceptable despite the fact that there are many individuals across the UK suffering from alcoholism. There are many reasons why people will begin taking alcohol or drinking to excess, but none of them plan to develop an addiction that can potentially ruin their lives. For many, taking substances such as...

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