The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way we work forever. Office workers suddenly found their desk was the kitchen table. Service industry workers were either out of a job or forced to retrain. Already stressed healthcare professionals were stretched to the brink of their mental and physical capacity. It was unprecedented.
Is reliance on technology simply part of modern life or is our need for screen time setting us up for problems with depression, anxiety and substance abuse?
At Delamere we provide vital support to individuals facing a wide range of issues from addiction to work burnout. These issues can come with a range of underlying challenges such as depression, anxiety, cravings, low overall quality of life, and social disconnection. To ensure the effectiveness of our program at Delamere, tracking outcome data has become a crucial practice. By measuring and analysing outcomes in 5 specific areas, we are able to gain valuable insights into our guests’ progress and make informed decisions to enhance treatment plans as well as looking at the things we are doing well and the areas in which we can continue to improve outcomes.
In the UK, it is a truth commonly acknowledged that alcohol and drug consumption is a huge problem – and it isn’t just people who live here that notice it. As a 2021 Vice article reported, many people who visit the concrete streets of our great nation are ‘shocked’ by how ‘integral’ drinking culture is to the Brits. The article goes on to suggest that ‘blackouts’ (drinking so much that you remember nothing the next day) are seen as totally normal, alongside the habit of ‘drinking at lunch’.
Can 28 days in rehab help you stay sober for good? Addiction is very treatable but, just like other chronic disorders, like diabetes and asthma, it can’t be cured. Receiving treatment in a residential rehab facility is only the first step in a person’s recovery.
If you’re considering entering into treatment for alcohol or drug addiction, you’ll no doubt be wondering how effective it is. Are you going to walk out of a rehab centre with a completely different outlook on life or will you fall at the first hurdle? The truth is the success rates of addiction treatments are very hard to measure. The effectiveness of treatment for any health condition, from diabetes to high blood pressure, varies from person to person. So, how can you know what will work for you?
The stigma around addiction can be traced back to the early 1800s. Over the hundred years that followed ‘alcoholics’ were labelled, clinicians who treated ‘addicts’ were criminalised, and ethnic groups were marginalised. Fast forward to present day and the stigma around addiction has changed, but still remains.
Are you dependent on alcohol or do you just like a drink? Have you been taking more painkillers than you need because it’s a habit or are you addicted? Is taking cocaine every weekend just a bit of fun or a compulsive disorder? Dependence and addiction take many forms and it’s not always glaringly obvious if you have a problem.
This report also takes into account such topics as legal drinking ages around the world, if cannabis has been legalised and to what extent, how drastically alcohol guidelines according to gender, the penalties for ignoring drink and drug-related guidelines, and much more. This has subsequently allowed us to create our Drug and Alcohol Guidance Around the World Report.
Addiction is a brain disease. That’s what the NDA’s former director, Dr. Alan Leshner, proclaimed in his 1997 pivotal paper and countless others have supported this theory over the past quarter of a century. More recently, advancements in neuroscience and addiction research have continued to show that drug and alcohol addiction is less about how we behave and more about what’s going on deep inside our brains.
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