Addiction and Recovery

A Crack Cocaine Addicts Life 10 Years Later

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

I entered rehab being told that I had a 3% chance of surviving the addiction. I had to dig so deep inside myself to believe that I would not be a part of the other 97%. I began my journey to recovery 10 years ago.

Extreme Self-Care: My Antidote to Depression

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Extreme self-care for me involves evaluating every decision against the question, "Is this a loving thing to do?" and then making a radical choice to eliminate the things that don't make me feel good. Easier said than done, of course, but practice makes perfect.

Why Sober Cheerleading Works (And Why I'm Gutted That it Does)

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I make no secret of the fact that I don't like addiction counsellors. The methods they work from are totally outdated. They are obsessed with dragging up the past instead of focusing on the present... most of all I dislike them because an addiction counsellor is a role undertaken by people who leave Rehab and don't know what to do with their lives.

How To Make Your New Year's Resolutions Work (Better)

Karin Sieger | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Resolutions take determination, tenacity, strength and commitment. Too often we feel bad about ourselves or ashamed if we don't make it or delay a resolution. Whereas there is another way of looking at it.

Bridging the Gulf Between Addiction and Freedom

Tony Lobl | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.

The Illusion Behind Addictive Behaviour

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often people are aware of their addictive behaviour and would like to stop or slow down. However, the illusion of the addiction can be so powerful that the fear of not being able to cope without it is overwhelming and can suffocate even the smallest attempt to take control of the situation and muster the confidence to change.

What Amy Winehouse's Birthday Means to Me

Beth Burgess | Posted 13.11.2013 | UK Entertainment
Beth Burgess

On 14 September, Amy Winehouse would have turned 30 if her life had not come to such a tragic end, a fact that is especially poignant to me, as I sit here aged 33, sober, in recovery from addiction and very much alive.

The Mythical 'Rock Bottom' of Alcoholism

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

When did you hit "rock bottom"? Tell me your "rock bottom" story. There is not a chance you've made it through even the first tentative steps of recovery from alcoholism without hearing both of these sentences. Which is a real shame given what a pile of sh*t they both are.

Should Cannabis be Legalised?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 05.11.2012 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Before I started working for Castle Craig rehab clinic I was in favour of legalising cannabis. I had experimented with it at college, believed it wasn't addictive and liked the idea of taxing the drug and cutting out the criminals who profit from it.

Addiction Recovery: Why This Alcoholic Won't Play Small

Beth Burgess | Posted 09.10.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Beth Burgess

It's one of those illnesses that you never get over, addiction. But far worse than the looming fear of relapse, is the fact that addicts are not 'allowed' to do anything other than recover.

Is the NHS Trying to Kill Rehab Clinics?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 08.06.2012 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

The British Government spends an estimated £800 million a year on what it calls "addiction treatment" but less than 2% of this is used to fund people to go into residential rehab. Most of the budget is spent on "revolving door" treatments such as home detoxes, community interventions and replacement drugs such as methadone.

Gambling Kills!

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 20.05.2012 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Out of all the addictions, gambling is the one that results in the most suicides. "It's a disease that kills" says Dr Timothy Fong, a professor of psychiatry at UCLA, "25% of gamblers who have entered treatment have tried to kill themselves."