Is Moderation a Good Idea for Alcoholics?

Alcohol addiction affects many people all over the world; in the UK, many thousands suffer every day with this illness. The problem with alcohol addiction is that it is something that happens gradually over time, and many of those affected do not even realise they have a problem until someone else points it out. Some choose to ignore the issue and think that just because they are drinking more than ever it does not really mean that they have an addiction. Some will only accept they have a problem when faced with an ultimatum from family members or when frightened...

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Where to Get Treatment for Addiction

If you have been struggling with addiction for a long time and have finally decided that the time is right to seek help, you may be wondering how to go about this and where to go. It is important to note that there are many organisations throughout the UK offering a range of treatments for various types of addiction. These organisations include private clinics, charities, local support groups, and NHS-funded programmes. Something that hinders many addicts and their families is trying to find the best rehabilitation programme for their requirements. However, Addiction Helper has already done the research and can...

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Dealing With the Death of a Parent to Addiction

Children living with parents who have a drug or alcohol addiction are generally affected in many ways. These children tend to be withdrawn and, in some cases, they are often neglected at home. The kids frequently struggle to cope in school and, because of the shame and embarrassment of their home situation, will usually keep themselves to themselves. Many of these youngsters will have few friends and can often become the target of bullies. Statistics have also shown that the children of addicts often go on to become addicts themselves in later life. Nonetheless, how does parental death from drugs...

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How to Stay on Track after Rehab

If you have completed a programme of rehabilitation, then you should be immensely proud of yourself. It can be difficult to break the cycle of addiction but once you have made it through this first stage of recovery, you can begin to enjoy your new life of sobriety and can start to appreciate everything around you. However, staying sober will require motivation and commitment. It is important to realise that relapse is quite common after rehab and most addicts will suffer at least one relapse in their lifetime. Nevertheless, you can avoid relapse by following a number of steps. If...

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Tragic Consequences of Addiction

An addiction can destroy the life of the affected individual but, in some cases, it can have a devastating effect on those around them. Many addicts will act in a despicable manner, causing heartache to their loved ones. Some will resort to crime and may distress innocent strangers. Most addicts are not in control of their actions because the addiction completely takes over his or her life. They are compelled to act the way that they do, and even if they are aware that their actions are having an adverse effect on those around them, they cannot stop themselves from...

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How Over-The-Counter Medication Can Become Addictive

When most people think of drug addicts, they have a particular image in mind. There is a particular stereotype around drug addiction that portrays those affected as unemployed people who live on the streets and take drugs in dark alleyways. Others assume that drug addicts are those from a poor background or who have had a bad upbringing. However, this is not always the case. Many drug addicts are high functioning addicts, working in stressful jobs and managing to keep their addiction hidden from most of those around them. Moreover, not all addicts are addicted to illegal drugs either. The...

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Dealing with an Addicted Loved One Who Refuses to Accept Help

Seeing a loved one struggling with addiction can be heartbreaking to watch, especially if that person refuses help. Many addicts cannot see how serious their problem is and, although friends and family members can clearly see the damage it is doing, the affected person is oblivious or simply in denial. Many family members have no clue about how to deal with addiction and, as such, feel helpless in this situation. They do not know if they should try to force their loved one to get help or if it would be better to sit back and wait for this person...

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Study Reveals Britons Spend Around £30,000 per Minute on Alcohol

A new study has shown that people in Britain are drinking 13,923 glasses of wine and 14,841 pints of beer every minute. Almost £30,000 per minute is spent on alcohol, equating to around £15 billion per year. Shockingly, the equivalent of twenty-four bottles of white wine and twenty-three bottles of red wine are drunk in the UK every second. The research also shows that more people are drinking at home, although individuals are still drinking at restaurants and pubs. Figures have shown that people drink more beer when drinking out but at home, more wine. The amount Britons drink continues...

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How Even Ultimatums May Not Be Enough to Break the Cycle of Addiction

Breaking free from addiction can be very difficult, especially for someone who has been dependent on a particular substance for a long time. Some addicts find it hard to even admit that they have a problem while others are reluctant to get help because they are afraid they will fail or that it will be too difficult. In many instances, it takes an ultimatum to encourage an addict to seek help. This could be from a family member or friend who has decided the time has come to give their loved one a choice. However, it may also come in...

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What to Avoid When Helping a Loved One with an Addiction

If someone you love is struggling with addiction, it is natural that you want to do everything in your power to help him or her get better. It’s hard to watch the person descend into a life of addiction and you while you can see the obvious reasons why he or she should not be abusing a particular substance your addicted loved one may not be able to see things in the same light. For most addicts, the only way to break free from the cycle of addiction is with a rehabilitation programme, supported by professional counsellors and therapists. However,...

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How to Get Back On Track after a Relapse

Relapsing after a programme of rehabilitation is not uncommon. Many addicts will suffer at least one relapse, with some relapsing numerous times before they finally learn how to live a sober life. However, those who do suffer a relapse may feel disappointed and upset that their hard work has been for nothing. Many individuals who suffer a relapse feel as if they are back to square one again while some will fall completely off the wagon because they fear that the damage has already been done. They feel they have let themselves and their loved ones down, and it can...

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Does Drug Decriminalisation Work?

There has been much debate over the years as to whether drugs should be decriminalised. Many high-profile figures, including former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Sir Richard Branson, have spoken of how they feel the war on drugs in the UK is not working and that decriminalising drugs is the only way forward. However, the UK Government recently announced plans to introduce a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. The effect of this ban would be that so-called legal highs are banned. Many parents and health experts worried about the number...

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Staging an Effective Intervention for an Addicted Loved One

Many family members living with a loved one in the throes of a devastating addiction will want to do everything in their power to help. It can be difficult to watch someone you love struggling every day with the weight of an addiction problem and feeling powerless to act. You cannot force a loved one to get help, no matter how hard you try. Moreover, you cannot cure their addiction either. It is an illness that will not go away simply because you want it to. However, there are ways that family members can help their loved one face up...

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Should Alcohol Guidelines Be Changed

In most countries, alcohol consumption is accepted. Most people that drink do so moderately and within the guidelines set by the Government. However, many people regularly drink more than the recommended daily amount and suffer as a result. For some, moderate drinking can develop into problem drinking, which in turn can lead to alcoholism. A problem drinker is one who experiences difficulty in their life because of the amount of alcohol he or she consumes. Some individuals cannot function each day without alcohol, but because of the stigma associated with excessive drinking and alcoholism, they will hide their problems from...

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Why Will Your Loved One Not Accept Help for Addiction?

Watching a loved one struggling with addiction can be a devastating experience. You can see what the addiction is doing to them but no matter how hard you try, he or she is unwilling or unable to accept help. Many addicts are in denial about the extent of their problem, and may become defensive or aggressive when confronted about it. The trouble is that no matter how hard you beg and plead with them to get help you cannot force the issue. Until your addicted loved one can accept that a problem exists and is ready to get help, you...

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