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Drug and Alcohol Use Survey 2022
Posted by Martin Preston
on 11 Aug 2022
Many Brits find themselves in the pub more often when the summer months creep in. So, it leads us to wonder why people are more drawn to alcohol and substances during this time: is it because more people are doing it, so they feel less guilty? Is it due to increased promotion and advertisements around…

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The importance of your environment in recovery
Posted by Youssef
on 01 Aug 2022
Photography of Delamere by Nick Harrison, landscape design by Elaine Cresswell Whether it’s your childhood home, a high-pressured workspace or stressful social situations and events, different environments can be a trigger for any type of addiction. Research shows both your work/school situation, family, peers and the community can all influence your behaviour. Which means it’s…

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The Festival Season & Addiction
Posted by Martin Preston
on 25 Jul 2022
Coachella, Glastonbury, Tomorrowland, Creamfields, every year countries around the world play host to music festivals covering every genre, age bracket and budget. The festival season in the UK and overseas has exploded in the last decade, propelled further by the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions. At most festivals you can camp over for several days, creating…

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Is substance addiction affecting your relationships?
Posted by Alex Molyneux
on 19 Jul 2022
When you have a recurring desire to keep taking drugs or alcohol, despite harmful consequences, it can affect relationships with partners, colleagues, family and friends. Substance addiction is a chronic disease that affects the brain and makes it impossible for the person to control their behaviour. This can have far-reaching consequences from marriage breakdowns and…

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How to help with anxiety attacks
Posted by Mandy Donnison
on 12 Jul 2022
It’s estimated up to one third of the population suffer with anxiety disorders during their lifetime (1). In fact, anxiety is the most prevalent mental illness in Europe among people aged 14 to 65. (2) Also known as panic attacks, these uncontrollable episodes of paralysing fear can occur for a variety of reasons but are…

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The Toxicity of ‘Hustle Culture’
Posted by Mike Delaney
on 08 Jul 2022
Anybody that has Instagram or TikTok will be aware of the hauntingly popular notion of ‘hustle culture’, which refers to people feeling pressurised to work tirelessly, without rest, and to be constantly making money and being productive.  The irony surrounding this trend is that studies have shown constant internal stress and feeling like we are…

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Has COVID made us a more addictive nation?
Posted by Martin Preston
on 28 Jun 2022
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives forever. It’s changed the way we work, learn, travel and socialise which is reflected in a rise of addictions around the world. As well as increased stress from job losses, school closures and health concerns, restrictions imposed by governments have impacted drug use patterns globally. In Britain, reports…

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What is a functioning alcoholic?
Posted by Alex Molyneux
on 22 Jun 2022
The stereotypical alcoholic portrayed in films is a jobless, homeless individual with a lack of morals and few discerning qualities. In truth, alcohol use disorders affect people from all walks of life and it’s not always easy to spot who’s suffering. Anyone who can’t control the urge to drink, consumes a large volume of alcohol…

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Dangerous Drinking Culture Mapped
Posted by Mike Delaney
on 20 Jun 2022
While enjoying a casual alcoholic beverage on the weekend is unlikely to cause any harm to your health, drinking in excess can have a substantial negative effect on your body and mental well-being. In fact, in 2020, excessive alcohol use led to 8,974 deaths in the UK alone, an 18.6% increase from 2019, which is…

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Delamere sweeps the board in first CQC inspection
Posted by Martin Preston
on 13 Jun 2022
Delamere wellness retreat has achieved a ‘good’ rating across all aspects of its care provision in its first inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  Since March 2020, Delamere has established a reputation for delivering exceptional residential care for people who require treatment for substance misuse and other disorders. An achievement which has now been…

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