We all have friends and family members who like the odd tipple, but when you recognise harmful patterns in someone’s drinking habits it may be time to intervene. It sounds very intrusive and official, but what do we mean by an intervention?
With any challenges in life, from coping with grief to having your first child, you don’t get very far without the support of family and friends. In addiction recovery, building a support network is even more crucial. It can mean the difference between maintaining long-term sobriety and falling victim to a relapse.
We all feel the winter blues as the nights draw in. The gloomy conditions and cold, wet weather can make us want to retreat indoors and feel less like socialising. But there’s a big difference between feeling a bit low and experiencing major depression.
The silence of addiction is deafening in the workplace. The pressures of performing, conforming, and adhering to cultural norms means our work selves are often very different to our private personas.
Earlier this month, we welcomed former guests back to Delamere for our first ever reunion. Re-connecting with guests who came through Delamere, and hearing how their lives have changed since, was very special indeed.
We’ve come a long way since the early “stag” films and striptease shows. Porn is now a multibillion-dollar industry accessible to men, women and even children. Since the dawn of the internet, access to sexually explicit content has become mainstream.
There’s much more to holistic health than meditation and yoga. Consumers are seeking more holistic wellness products and services than ever before. Complementary and alternative therapy is used by almost 40% of adults in the US with the global market set to grow to over $400 billion by 2030.
Popping painkillers is incredibly common. They’re easy to obtain, well tolerated and, when taken as intended, safe and effective. But for some people who rely on them long term, the relief they provide can become a habit that’s hard to break.
The Rolling Stones wrote a song about it. Betty Ford launched an addiction treatment centre because of it. In the seventies and early eighties, Valium was the most widely prescribed drug in the Western world. Following concerns about its addiction potential Valium’s popularity waned, yet British doctors still issue almost 18 million prescriptions of it every year.
Whether we realise it or not, most of us will have taken codeine at some point in our lives. Traces of codeine can be found in a number of over-the-counter pain relievers, such as Nurofen Plus and Solpadeine, as well as numerous cough medicines. It’s also available in its purest form on prescription to treat ongoing pain.
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