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 – 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 “G” 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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Memory Wiping Process Could Aid in Addiction Recovery

In what seems like something directly from a science fiction film, a respected Cambridge University professor believes that a safe memory wiping process could be developed to aid in addiction recovery. Professor Barry Everitt told the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS) at a recent gathering that his research into memory plasticity could provide a major breakthrough in preventing relapse among recovering addicts. Everitt’s research involved lab rats injected with certain chemical substances that inhibited adaptive memory formation. He believes that the process could be adapted to the human brain in a way that would reduce cravings during withdrawal and...

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Rape Case Shows Dark Side of Drink and Drugs

An ongoing rape trial in Barnstaple could land a middle-aged man in prison if convicted in court. The case has already changed the life of the alleged victim, putting her private life on display for all to see. Yet regardless of the outcome, the case shows the dark side of drink and drugs. It clearly demonstrates that no good ever comes out of excessive alcohol and drug use among young people. News reports say the case started when a woman in her 20s became intoxicated at a local bar. After passing out, she was taken home by the alleged perpetrator...

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How to get an alcoholic into rehab

How to get an alcoholic into rehab The main issues to be considered around getting an alcoholic into rehab are: do they want to go? And how is it going to be funded? If an alcoholic wants to get into rehab, it makes life a lot easier as half the battle is won. However, if they are not motivated to seek help, then this is something that Addiction Helper can support you through. Firstly, we have written literature called Motivation in Addiction, which is designed to give the family and friends of an alcoholic tips on how to deal with...

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Doctor Draws Comparisons between Addiction Recovery and Diet Programme

An American doctor writing for the Psych Central website recently published an important piece that should get the attention of professionals within the addiction recovery environment. Dr David Sack, MD entitled his piece 5 Lessons Addicts Can Learn from Weight Watchers. In it, Dr Sack discussed some of the methodologies employed by the American weight loss programme known as ‘Weight Watchers’; methodologies he believes are applicable to addiction recovery. Sack’s assertions are rooted in the belief that compulsive eaters suffer from some of the same brain abnormalities as those who are addicted to alcohol and illicit drugs. He believes overeating...

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Pregabalin – Health Officials Concerned About Recreational Use

We’re receiving more and more enquiries about the drug Pregabalin, particularly when combined with other drugs, especially opiates. The drug has positive uses when prescribed for the correct reasons, however, it can also produce feelings of euphoria, relaxation and calmness, when misused with other drugs, increasing the risk of adverse effects and behaviour. Some health officials are concerned about the rise of the new prescription medication for recreational use, especially among younger people. The drug, known as Lyrica in the US, was approved for use in the European Union in 2007. It is classified as a Schedule V controlled substance...

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Research Suggests Sexual Compulsion Similar to Chemical Addiction

Addiction recovery experts have been treating sexual compulsions very similarly to chemical addictions for some time now. However, there has never been any concrete scientific data to suggest the two conditions are similar. Until now. Research recently published in the PLOS ONE journal suggests sexual compulsion may be similar to chemical addiction in the way it affects the brain. A Cambridge University team led by neuropsychiatrist Dr Valerie Voon carried out the research. The team looked at the brain activity of two groups of men viewing pornography – one group already diagnosed with compulsive sexual behaviour (CSB) disorder and another...

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New Drug for Alcohol Addiction Finding Support in England

A new drug for fighting alcohol addiction is finding support in England thanks to positive results shown thus far in Scotland. New sources say the drug, known as Nalmefene, is a once-a-day pill that recovering alcohol abusers and alcoholics can take in conjunction with psychotherapeutic treatments. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) stated in its official guidance that Nalmefene could be used to treat as many as 600,000 people suffering from various levels of alcohol abuse and dependence. The organisation believes that offering it as an NHS option would cost approximately £600 million annually. One NICE representative...

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UN: Scotland Has Serious Problem with Cocaine and Ecstasy

Scotland has a lot of positive things going for it – economically, politically and socially. However, if the UN is to be believed, the Scots also have a serious problem with drugs. The annual UN World Drug Report has ranked Scotland number one in the world in terms of cocaine use and number three for ecstasy. The Scottish government disagrees. The UN report suggests that one in 42 Scots, or 2.3% of the population, uses cocaine regularly. That puts Scotland ahead of other cocaine ‘powerhouses’ like England and the US. Where ecstasy use is concerned, Scotland is third only to...

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SMART Recovery: A Different Way to Tackle Alcohol Abuse

Alcoholics Anonymous was founded in the 1930s by two Americans who realised there was an astonishing lack of support for those struggling with alcohol issues. Their support group approach spawned the well-known 12-step programme that is the pillar of addiction recovery today. Yet one of the most important things we have learned since the 1930s is that recovery is a very individual process. No single treatment method works for everyone. Thus the introduction of the SMART Recovery alternative in the mid-1990s. SMART is an acronym that stands for ‘self-management and recovery training’. It is an approach to alcohol recovery that...

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Could Epigenetics Account for Genetic Link in Addiction

Many of us were saddened to read recent news stories of Indio Downey, the son of A-list actor Robert Downey Jr, and his battle with drug addiction. To his credit, Indio’s father said he was committed to helping his son overcome his problems. He also stated that addiction is genetic and that Indio had inherited the addiction gene. To some, Downey Jr crossed the line by implying that addiction is a genetic disease over which one has no control. To others, his words were spot on. The interesting thing is that science has proven that drug and alcohol addicts suffer...

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