The Forgotten: Pensioners Struggling with Drink and Drugs

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a report earlier this year showing the prevalence of substance abuse problems among American adults under the age of 64. The report revealed just how serious drink and drugs are among working age adults. However, as with so many other reports, the CDC findings ignored those 65 and older. Some say it is time to change how we look at things. There is a whole class of forgotten substance abusers among pensioners. USC Kreck School of Medicine professor Dr Akikur Mohammad told Newsday earlier this month that the number of...

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Promoting Recovery through Accomplishment

Noreen Oliver is a successful entrepreneur, having launched Langan’s in Burton-upon-Trent. Her West Midlands tearooms offer guests the opportunity to enjoy some wonderful food and beverages in a welcoming atmosphere that promotes relaxation and conversation. Yet many of the guests do not realise that the establishment is largely staffed by recovering addicts. They also do not know that Oliver is a recovering alcoholic herself. Oliver, who also runs an addiction recovery treatment clinic known as BAC O’Connor, established the tearoom to promote recovery through accomplishment. It is something she firmly believes in after having undergone treatment herself. She now devotes...

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Think Tank Calls for Police to Start Closing Head Shops

The well-known think tank known as the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) is calling on UK police agencies to get serious about closing head shops just as their Irish counterparts are doing. The think tank believes that a failure to aggressively deal with head shops selling so-called ‘legal highs’ could lead to greater numbers of deaths linked to the substances. Also known as New Psychoactive Substances (NPS), legal highs are sold in head shops under the banner of plant food, research chemicals, or bath salts. These are labelled as such in order to get around regulations prohibiting their sale for...

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Addiction in the Workplace: a Very Dangerous Thing

Next time you are at work, briefly take a step back and count how many people are in the room with you. For every 30 co-workers you see, there is one who likely has drugs or alcohol in his or her system. For those who like numbers, that breaks down to 3%. The number is even greater (6%+) when you separate out alcohol consumption. Addiction and substance abuse is very real in the modern workplace, and it is very dangerous. Highlighting the problem is a story recently published by The Telegraph. The August 14 (2014) story focused primarily on substance-abusing...

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Williams’ Passing Reminds Us of the Need for Intervention

The tragic death of comedian-actor Robin Williams has shocked tens of millions of fans around the world. Williams, who may go down in history as one of the best comedic talents of his time, usually appeared in public with a warm smile and a sparkle in his eyes. Yet the private pain he went through proved too much in the end. If nothing else, his passing reminds us of the need for constant intervention. Williams was never shy to talk about his lifelong struggles with drugs and alcohol. He was very candid in the hopes that the stories of his...

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Should We Put Warning Labels on Alcohol?

A group of parliamentarians in Northern Ireland is calling on ministers to do with alcohol what has already been done with tobacco and food packaging. They want labels placed on alcohol products that provide both nutritional information and warnings about the consequences of using alcohol irresponsibly. The group, known as the All Parliamentary Party Group on Alcohol Misuse, is asking all of the political parties to adhere to a list of 10 principles that would ostensibly reduce alcohol misuse. In an official statement, the group referenced the fact that health and safety warnings are clearly printed on tobacco packaging. Likewise,...

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New Rehab Clinic Coming to the Midlands

Alcoholics and drug addicts looking for help in Leicester will have another choice when a brand-new rehab clinic opens up in the city at the end of August. The clinic will be occupying space formerly used by the Harley Medical Group in a three-story building in Upper New Walk. The owner of the facility, Perry Clayman, already operates successful clinics in Chelmsford, Clapham, and Luton. Clayman’s new rehab clinic will be a hybrid of sorts. It is neither a true residential clinic nor an outpatient clinic; rather, it sort of mixes the two together in a way that combines the...

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Carrie Armstrong: Sober Cheerleading Really Works!

Well known TV presenter and blogger Carrie Armstrong is no stranger to addiction and sobriety. Having struggled with alcohol for many years, she eventually came to terms with her own recovery to the point that alcohol is no longer an issue. Armstrong is also not shy about her belief that effective, permanent recovery is largely self-taught. Yet there is room for what Armstrong calls ‘sober cheerleading’ to come alongside self-taught principles of recovery. Armstrong recently published a nice piece at the Huffington Post profiling the sober cheerleading approach to sobriety. The concept begins with the understanding that recovery is about...

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Wigan Council Takes Stand Against Legal Highs

What would you do if you learned your teenager walked into a local head shop under the pretence of purchasing plant food or bath salts, only to find out the purchased substance was used to get high? The scenario is not so far-fetched any more. Head shops all over the UK sell what are known as Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS), better known on the street as ‘legal highs’. Wigan Council and the Manchester police have teamed up to do something about them within their jurisdiction. Legal highs are synthetic drugs created to mimic the effects of illicit drugs like heroin,...

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Loss of Addiction Is Very Real to Recovery Addicts

Addiction is a very complicated condition rife with contradictions and misunderstandings. Nothing illustrates this more clearly than a recent piece published on the Psych Central website. The post was written by Addiction Recovery’s Dr David Sack, and it deals with something that is very real: the sense of loss experienced by addicts in recovery. Dr Sack explains that recovering addicts can experience a serious crisis of personal loss long after detox and rehabilitative therapy is complete. That sense of loss comes with the knowledge that the individual can no longer participate in certain activities that previously provided great comfort. That...

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Addiction and Work: Can a Job Aid Recovery

The addiction recovery community is constantly looking for creative ways to help those in need overcome drugs, alcohol, or behavioural disorders. There is no shortage of counselling therapies and 12-step programmes that are combined with detox and other treatments. It is all good, when it works. However, some people continue to struggle despite being given a myriad of treatment options. Could a job be the answer? The Guardian recently profiled a London-based jewellery company that helps women recovering from addiction or eating disorders by providing them with jobs. The company is supported through funds from charities, so it is able...

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State Survey Shows Drink and Drugs among Children Falling

In the midst of what seems to be an endless flow of bad news regarding drink and drugs in the UK, there is now some good news by way of a just-released state survey. The survey shows that the incidence of drinking and drug use among children of the ages 11 to 15 has dropped dramatically over the last decade. By some estimates, it has been cut in half. The results of the research, which were made public on July 24 (2014), showed that the rate of drinking and drug taking among 11 to 15-year-olds is a third of what...

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GHB and the Law

GHB ā€“ what you need to know. Here at Addiction Helper, we have noticed a recent increase in the amount of calls asking about residential rehabilitation for ā€œGā€ or GHB as it is more commonly known. Therefore, I think it is pertinent that we provide some more information about it. What is GHB? GHB is a natural substance found within the body which has been adapted for use within the medical field. In a medical setting, it is utilised as a general anaesthetic, or to treat conditions such as insomnia and depression. However, more recently it has also been used...

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Peaches Geldof Death Raises Questions about Methadone Treatment

The tragic death of Peaches Geldof this past April (2014) has refocused the spotlight on drug addiction and recovery in the UK. Her death has also reopened the wounds for many recovering addicts who remember what life was like when addiction was the only purpose for living. In all of it, there are new questions being raised about the effectiveness and necessity of methadone treatment. News reports say that Geldof died from a lethal injection of heroin. However, a post-mortem revealed the model and presenter also had significant amounts of methadone, codeine, and morphine in her system at the time...

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