Archive for April, 2013

What is depression?

What is depression?

Depression is one of those words that is widely used in a rehab/treatment center and in meetings of Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12-step fellowships. In many ways the word depression can mean anything that anyone want to mean, although it doesn’t have a very clear clinical and medical meaning. A rehab may have, in fact […]

What does surrender mean?

What does surrender mean?

Surrender is one of those terms that is widely used in the recovery movement, normally used in the context of a person surrendering in the sense of admitting that they have a problem with alcohol and/or drugs. Such an admission that they have a problem is normally also followed by a request for help of […]

What is a personality change?

What is a personality change?

The idea of a personality change can be a scary prospect for many people, especially those who have no idea really what it means and feel they have no control over exactly how it happens. This is the scenario that quite often applies to people who enter a rehab, normally to deal with a problem […]

What does love mean to an alcoholic?

What does love mean to an alcoholic?

It is often said that an alcoholic only loves themselves, and this is usually said in such a way as to imply that the alcoholic is chronically self-centred and only thinks about themselves and their own lives and has no regard for anyone else. This analysis of an alcoholic’s behaviour and being is one that […]

Family Expectations

Family Expectations

In this context the term family can apply to many different types of extended network of people in the life of an alcoholic. The type of family set up is not particularly important, what is more important is that there is a huge area of recovery that exists alongside that of an alcoholic, which may […]

Dealing with the Family !

Dealing with the Family !

There is an assumption that an alcoholic, upon entering a rehab will have some type of family as part of their lives. This is not always the case but in the majority of situations it is. A family may consist of an immediate family, an extended or birth or natural family, a group of close […]

Instant Recovery?

Instant Recovery?

It is often said when talking about recovery from alcoholism, that it is very much a process rather than something that is instant. The comparison is often made that there is an expectation in society today, that everything should be instant. This sense of everything needing to be instant has become even more pronounced with […]

Research into cocaine addiction

Research into cocaine addiction

New research by scientists at  Michigan University show insight into way cocaine works in the brain, and how addiction loop might be broken ‘Researchers say cocaine alters the nucleus accumbens, the brain’s pleasure center that responds to stimuli such as food, sex, and drugs. “Understanding what happens molecularly to this brain region during long-term exposure […]

Is smartphone addiction a real problem ?

Is smartphone addiction a real problem ?

Smartphone addiction may be hiding a real problem, or is it just people wanting to jump on an addiction bandwagon ? Interesting article with some seemingly valid research here : One in ten people have revealed that they are addicted to their smartphone, according to a new study. The US study conducted on 2,000 college […]

Crystal Meth Addiction Story

Crystal Meth Addiction Story

Harrowing story of the reality of addiction to crystal meth A 32-year-old elementary school teacher — we’ll call her Jamie to protect her identity — never felt like she belonged. Not in her small town, not in the home she was raised in, and not in her own skin. Now a recovering methamphetamine addict, she tells […]

Eating disorder awareness

Eating disorder awareness

Interesting piece about a student run awareness week for eating disorders – education is a key part of helping to deal with this problem, and initiatives like this can help significantly. The aim of promoting awareness spread further than just Portsmouth with a Parliamentary debate taking place in Westminster Hall on 14th February 2013. The inquiry […]

Hazelden introduces maintenance programme

Hazelden introduces maintenance programme

For the first time, Hazelden will begin providing medication-assisted treatment for people hooked on heroin or opioid painkillers, starting at its Center City, Minnesota facility and expanding across its treatment network in five states in 2012 This so-called maintenance therapy differs from simply detoxifying addicts until they are completely abstinent. Instead, it acknowledges that continued […]

Awareness,Acceptance,Action

Awareness,Acceptance,Action

The use of slogans in recovery has become an important part of the process for many people, albeit unwittingly at times. This slogan, awareness, acceptance and action is often referred to as the 3 A’s, and essentially refers to a process that many people quite naturally go through when beginning the process of recovery from […]

What does faith mean ?

What does faith mean ?

People are often told to have faith, but often not told what have faith in. There is quite often an assumption that having faith means believing or trusting in God, but this again can have many different meanings and implications. For many people, this is anything but an academic question, but something upon which their […]

Spiritual development

Spiritual development

The idea of spiritual development in relation to recovery from alcoholism/alcohol abuse whether in a rehab or by directly going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings is sometimes a difficult concept for many people to grasp. This is because most people who have a fairly limited understanding or experience of alcoholism will see the problem as being […]