Rehab

The NHS Endorses AA - After 80 Years

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Gradually things are changing. Public Health England, an NHS policy making body that has the mission to "protect and improve the nation's health", issued a briefing document at the end of last year which encourages GPs to make use of "mutual aid" groups like AA.

San Patrignano UK - Now a Charity

Danny McCubbin | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Danny McCubbin

This week we are off to San Patrignano with a special team of volunteers who are going to work with me and be responsible for the admissions process here in the UK. This will mean that we will be able to support more people who are dependent on drugs and looking to enter the community in Italy.

WATCH: Zac Efron Talks Rehab

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK Entertainment

Zac Efron has opened up about how he's feeling after his recent stint in rehab. The 26-year-old former Disney star said: "I'm in the best place I'v...

Dealing With Toronto's Mayor Two - Enabling, Denial, Disease and Blah, Blah, Blah...

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 02.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Just as most murderers are not absolved by reason of insanity, most people who misbehave in public when tipsy (e.g., urinating for the crowd) are not necessarily diseased - some people are just rude and crude, without any medical qualification.

Beyond the Paleo

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

I was drawn to this way of eating because grains were the basis of my meals; lunches were a sandwich, quick easy dinner was microwave brown rice and a stir fry and Paleo seemed to be a good way of consciously increasing veg and reducing grains and sugar in my diet.

Hannah's story - Getting Help for Drug Addiction

Danny McCubbin | Posted 18.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I started smoking cannabis and drinking socially when I was about 13. I fairly quickly progressed on to harder drugs and at about 15 I was using speed, ecstasy and cocaine.

Cooking for Good - Please Spread the Word!

Danny McCubbin | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I often here myself saying that I have one of the best jobs in the world. I work part time for the Jamie Oliver Food Foundation and the rest of my time is spent running the UK San Patrignano Association. I get to meet some pretty amazing people and travel to wonderful locations spreading Jamie's message about good food and how it can bring people together.

Dream Your Way to Recovery

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Don't let anyone laugh at your dreams. Or let them tell you they can't become a reality. Sick or well. People used to laugh at me all the time, which is fine, some of my dreams seemed fairly ridiculous.

Get the Balance Right

Sarah Blackwood | Posted 27.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Blackwood

I became a personal trainer after a long journey struggling with low self-esteem and poor body image fuelled a frustration to drink until I blacked out most evenings. The entertainment industry seems to excuse this behaviour; in fact it thrives on the myth of rock n roll excess, the wilder the better.

San Patrignano - A Free Drug Rehab Community

Danny McCubbin | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

From heroin to cocaine and ecstasy the people who call me have realised that what San Patrignano offers is a long term solution that works and I am proud to say that I can now help anyone in this country who wants to enter the community.

What Gazza Taught Us About Rehab

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 09.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Carrie Armstrong

Gazza is unlikely to make it this time. Gazza is very near death right now. The very end of end-stage alcoholism. Soon. Very soon. Sadly. And when he does? We will still all be shocked. Because it makes us all a bit vulnerable doesn't it? When someone so strong, with such professional brilliance disintegrates right in front of us.

Smoking Cannabis Can Lead to Harder Drugs

Danny McCubbin | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I can tell you here and now that I think it is a huge mistake to legalise cannabis use because I have seen and witnessed first hand how smoking cannabis at a young age can ruin a persons life. Instead of saying to our young that it is acceptable to smoke cannabis we need to educate them to make better choices and to inform them of the dangers of taking drugs.

World Drug Day Blog: Treating the Addiction Not the Drug

Mandy Saligari | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Saligari

The mistake we all make when treating addiction is to fire fight and call that treatment. Rehabs and addiction programmes tend to treat the manifestation of the addiction, not the condition itself and so of course people relapse.

Please Come to San Patrignano Richard Branson

Achim Franchetti | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Achim Franchetti

I just read a story written by Richard Branson that he wants to relax the laws on smoking marijuana and I am worried that if this happens then more young people like I did will think that it is ok to smoke a joint. The thought that my little brother back home could buy marijuana easily just like buying chewing gum makes me very worried.

NHS and Government Have No Policy on Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 04.08.2013 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

It's becoming increasingly obvious that the Health Department and NHS have no policy about the ever increasing alcohol epidemic beyond repeating "something must be done" and making sure that nothing gets in the way of the drinks companies maximising their profits.

Why Lindsay Lohan Will Never Escape From Rehab

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle

When Lindsay Lohan entered the Betty Ford Center, as part of a court ordered rehabilitation programme, it was her second time as a visitor, and her si...

Why There's No Such Thing as Relapse

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Everyday I speak to someone who feels hopelessly addicted - whether they are drunk or sober - and every time the word they use is the same: relapse. The fear of slipping backwards. Returning to where they started. And it can't happen. It's not real.

Don't Admit You Have a Drinking Problem

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 12.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

We've got it all backwards. Horribly backwards. And its killing us. This awful catch 22 situation. If we wait to admit and accept we have a drinking problem in our society? We are waiting for end-stage alcoholism. Or alcoholic Alzheimer's. Or being arrested. Or being injured horribly.

Thank You Ban Ki-Moon

Danny McCubbin | Posted 04.06.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I have just finished reading Ban Ki-moon's address to the residents of San Patrignano. On Wednesday the Secretary - General of the United Nations visited the drug rehabilitation community in Italy and in his address he mentions two residents that I am proud to call my friends - Mike and Damir.

Rehab After a Road Crash Shouldn't Be a Postcode Lottery

Kim Bowler | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Kim Bowler

I consider myself one of the luckiest people in the world. I was rescued by the amazing, highly qualified London Air Ambulance Service, who arrived on the scene within just seven minutes. And, it's thanks to them that I'm still alive.

Russell Brand's Insight into Heroin

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 21.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Russell Brand, the notorious actor and comedian, recently published an article that gives the most penetrating insight into the struggles of a heroin ...

AA and My Nan

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 05.05.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

My nan is all kinds of great. She is strong. She had six kids in nine years. She worked. Raised a big family on very little. She's seen a lot of life and she never judges anyone. But there are some problems outside her realm of experiences these days. So as much as my nan remains my favourite person, she's not always the most relevant. Oldest is not always best.

Alcoholism Is Not a P*ssing Contest

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 21.04.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't frighten easily. I lived in a constant state of fear for so many years that it takes a lot to reignite it and take me to that dark place now. But when I see people using end-stage alcoholics to measure their own drinking against? It frightens me. When I see the media latch onto one person, the exception to the rule that has been able to subject their body to horrendous amounts of alcohol abuse and still just about function? It frightens me. Alcoholism is not a p*ssing contest. There is no glory to be had in being further up the sliding scale than these individuals.

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Paul Gascoigne?

Beth Burgess | Posted 15.04.2013 | Home
Beth Burgess

As a fellow addict, I have been struggling to read the ongoing coverage about the resurgence of Paul Gascoigne's alcoholism; perhaps the most difficult thing of all is to see well-meaning people staging what might be an entirely pointless intervention.

The Best Christmas Present

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I gave up alcohol as a New Year's Resolution at the end of 2006. Since then I haven't had a drop (actually that's not true, I did sip a gin and wine punch last weekend at a party and it was amazing). But it has been easy to 'stay stopped' and I never saw the point of starting drinking again.