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Understanding alcohol addiction: Alcohol cravings

The reality of how alcohol cravings work - and how they can be managed.

Understanding alcohol addiction: Alcohol cravings

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The myth of the functioning alcoholic

People who consider themselves ‘functioning alcoholics’ should be aware that this could develop into a more severe Substance Use Disorder if their drinking patterns become more frequent or intense.

The myth of the functioning alcoholic

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Three ways to help someone stop their cocaine use

A loved one is using cocaine – and you want to help them stop. Here’s our advice on doing it safely, decisively and effectively.

Three ways to help someone stop their cocaine use

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How to deal with a cocaine comedown

A cocaine comedown is best described as a collection of thoroughly unpleasant physical, mental and emotional symptoms that are the polar opposite of what you hoped to achieve by taking the drug in the first place. For advice, click here.

How to deal with a cocaine comedown

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Integrative Therapy

A simple answer to the question “what is integrative therapy” is knowing treatment involves different therapeutic techniques. An important key is recognizing that each person deserves individualized care for their unique and distinct needs.

Integrative Therapy

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Marks Story

We talk to Mark, who has recently completed the Help Me Stop Digital Dayhab programme

Marks Story

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How to use cocaine safely

The question is, is there a safe way to have cocaine? This article will explain what cocaine is, and how to use cocaine safely, what are signs of an overdose. Some historic facts and other useful resources and information to consider. Written by Chris Love...

How to use cocaine safely

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What is King Baby?

King (or Queen) Baby was coined by Sigmund Freud in the 1930’s. It comes from a mental condition where the person believes the world literally revolves around them. This condition is common with alcoholics and addicts.

What is King Baby?

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What Does Cannabis Do To Your Body?

Learn from the experts how cannabis affects your body. We have compiled a list of the effects cannabis has on the body and the dangers and benefits it can have.

What Does Cannabis Do To Your Body?

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How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted To Heroin?

The experts at Help Me Stop explain how long it takes to become addicted to heroin and why the answer is more complicated than you might think.

How Long Does It Take To Get Addicted To Heroin?

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Benefits of Dayhab

Whether you need inpatient or outpatient addiction treatment depends on your personal situation, it helps to know what the benefits are for each option.

Benefits of Dayhab

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5 Ways to Support Family Recovery from Drugs & Alcohol

Written by Victoria Seed

5 Ways to Support Family Recovery from Drugs & Alcohol

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New Central London Dayhab

New Central London Dayhab Launch - by Param Singh Sahni

New Central London Dayhab

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How Does Ecstasy Affect The Body?

Lean how ecstasy affects your body during use, overdose and long term abuse from the experts at Help Me Stop. We provide a breakdown of how the drug will affect you.

How Does Ecstasy Affect The Body?

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How Does Ecstasy Affect The Brain?

Learn how ecstasy affects the brain, from the experts and Help Me Stop. We examine the science behind ecstasy's effects.

How Does Ecstasy Affect The Brain?

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Results from our Q1 client satisfaction survey are now in.

Clients from the Help Me Stop Dayhab and Digital Dayhab programmes all stated that treatment with Help Me Stop exceeded their expectations.

Results from our Q1 client satisfaction survey are now in.

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How Much MDMA Is Too Much?

The experts at Help Me Stop discuss MDMA use, overdose and the side effects of the drugs. Read our blog to learn more.

How Much MDMA Is Too Much?

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When Should You Do Something About Your Alcohol Or Drug Use?

Now on the face of it this seems a blindly obvious answer but as we have said in previous blogs many people wait years to address their drinking or drug use & some unfortunately never get the opportunity to address it at all.

When Should You Do Something About Your Alcohol Or Drug Use?

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How Long Does MDMA Comedown Last?

Learn more about what causes MDMA comedowns and how long you can expect them to last from the experts at Help Me Stop.

How Long Does MDMA Comedown Last?

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Parental Alcohol Misuse - It's just Not You That Your Drinking Effects

Living in a household where a parent misuses alcohol doesn't mean a child will experience abuse but it can be a risk. However parental alcohol misuse can have negative effects on children at different stages in their lives including when they are adults themselves.

Parental Alcohol Misuse - It's just Not You That Your Drinking Effects

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The Risks Of Not Addressing Your Drug and Alcohol Use Early

No one initially wants to admit that their alcohol use has become problematic. No one wants to admit that their drug use has become more than just recreational. But the reality is that is that if you have developed a problem with drugs and/or alcohol...

The Risks Of Not Addressing Your Drug and Alcohol Use Early

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Alcohol Use, Women, And Lockdown

Research, published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health and led by the University of Glasgow’s Institute of Health and Wellbeing, found that women were drinking more, and with increased frequency than they did before lockdown.

Alcohol Use, Women, And Lockdown

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Drug And Alcohol Use And Coming Out Of Lockdown

Lockdown has been, and still is, a complex social phenomenon that no one is quite sure what the long-term consequences are going to be. We know that there has been an intense interplay between heightened financial difficulties, social isolation, loss of loved ones, uncertainty about...

Drug And Alcohol Use And Coming Out Of Lockdown

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How Does Heroin Affect The Body

Learn how heroin affects your body both mentally and physically in the latest blog from the experts at Help Me Stop. We look at both the long and short term implications of heroin use.

How Does Heroin Affect The Body

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How To Give Up Cocaine

Help Me Stop have put together a list of steps to help you stop using cocaine. These pieces of guidance can aid you to find the support you need to quit.

How To Give Up Cocaine

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Alcohol Use And The Over 50s

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists “About a third of older people with drinking problems (mainly women) develop them for the first time in later life”. Help Me Stop has a solution for drinkers over 50

Alcohol Use And The Over 50s

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Spiritual Principles in Recovery

The most common misconception surrounding the twelve-step approach is that it is a religious programme. Its not.

Spiritual Principles in Recovery

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The Right Time To Do Something About Your Drug or Alcohol Use Is the Moment That You Are Thinking About The Question

The concept of the ‘right time’ is dangerous and insidious. The right time is now.

The Right Time To Do Something About Your Drug or Alcohol Use Is the Moment That You Are Thinking About The Question

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Learn The Side Effects Of Ketamine

Ketamine is a popular drug in the UK but many people are unaware of its side-effects. The Experts at Help Me Stop examine the effects of Ketamine and how it affects your body.

Learn The Side Effects Of Ketamine

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Online Drug And Alcohol Treatment Works - Observations From Someone That Has Completed Dayhab Online

Online drug and alcohol treatment works. Online drug and alcohol treatment is nothing new, it’s been running successfully in places like the USA for over a decade so why not take advantage of it now its here in the UK? Our drug and alcohol addiction...

Online Drug And Alcohol Treatment Works - Observations From Someone That Has Completed Dayhab Online

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Learn The Classic Signs Of Opiate Addiction

Learn the classic signs of opiate addiction from the experts at Help Me Stop. We can help you recognise and opiate addiction and get help.

Learn The Classic Signs Of Opiate Addiction

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Drug And Alcohol Treatment For English Speakers Living In Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe

Non-residential intensive drug and alcohol treatment in Europe can be a very mixed bag. One of the biggest issues is that provision of specialist services in the first place. Much of this is governed by each European countries drug and alcohol strategy and the funds...

Drug And Alcohol Treatment For English Speakers Living In  Western, Eastern, Northern and Southern Europe

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Stopping Drug and Problematic Alcohol Use and Staying Stopped

Individuals, friends, and families are looking for new solutions. Many will turn to the private sector as they can’t afford to wait to make changes and stop their decline into further chaos. With finances tight then value for money is going to be even more...

Stopping Drug and Problematic Alcohol Use and Staying Stopped

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Dayhab – The Alternative To Residential Drug And Alcohol Rehab

If you are looking for intensive drug or alcohol treatment for yourself or someone you care about, it is well worth considering Dayhab as an alternative to residential rehab.

Dayhab – The Alternative To Residential Drug And Alcohol Rehab

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Sammy's Story

How our Treatment Service Manager found recovery.

Sammy's Story

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I Don’t Drink Every Day, So That’s Ok? – The Dangers Of binge Drinking And Alcohol Poisoning

The NHS defines binge drinking as “drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk”. They go further to say this can be quantified by drinking over 8 units in a single session for men and over 6 units...

I Don’t Drink Every Day, So That’s Ok? – The Dangers Of binge Drinking And Alcohol Poisoning

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Acute Alcohol Poisoning Treatment - What You Need To Know

Learn what you can do if someone you know has acute alcohol poisoning and what to expect from treatment. We provide information about acute alcohol poisoning and help for people who may be struggling with their alcohol use.

Acute Alcohol Poisoning Treatment - What You Need To Know

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COVID Secure Services

Since the introduction of COVID-19 restrictions last March we have been continuously updating our risk assessment processes to ensure the safety of our clients and staff. The procedures we put in place at the beginning of the first lockdown have prepared us for any policy...

COVID Secure Services

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How To Deal With Prescription Drug Misuse

Drugs don’t have to be illegal to be problematic. Prescription drug misuse and prescription drug addiction is widespread and growing.

How To Deal With Prescription Drug Misuse

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How To Deal With A Ketamine Come Down

Over the past 6 months Help Me Stop has received every increasing calls from concerned parents who have found out that their children are taking Ketamine, and who are at a loss of what to do as for them this is a new drug and...

How To Deal With A Ketamine Come Down

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Cross Addiction – What is It And Why Do I Need To Know About It If I Am Quitting Drugs Or Alcohol

Those that have been through treatment know the dangers of cross addiction and many that underplay the risk of it find themselves back in treatment with their new addiction.

Cross Addiction – What is It And Why Do I Need To Know About It If I Am Quitting Drugs Or Alcohol

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How To Stop My Cocaine Use And Stay Stopped?

The short and long term negative effects of cocaine use are often overlooked and underplayed by individuals that use the drug. Most cocaine users will also not entertain going to residential rehab for 28 days mainly because they do not think that their drug use...

How To Stop My Cocaine Use And Stay Stopped?

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Why Should I Give up Alcohol? - Reasons For a Temporary Break Or A Longer Lifestyle Change

According to the Royal Society of Psychiatrists 8.4 million people in the UK are now drinking at hazardous and harmful levels. There are real health and social benefits for giving up alcohol

Why Should I Give up Alcohol? - Reasons For a Temporary Break Or A Longer Lifestyle Change

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How To Quit Alcohol and Drugs As Your 2021 New Years Resolution

Even though nearly 50 % of people say they want to improve their health and wellbeing and save money, only 16% say they want to do something about their drinking. The fact that alcohol use can contribute to over 60 negative physical and mental health...

How To Quit Alcohol and Drugs As Your 2021 New Years Resolution

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My Xmas Nightmare - The Impact Of My Drug & Alcohol Use

The impact of drug and alcohol use on the family

My Xmas Nightmare - The Impact Of My Drug & Alcohol Use

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Depression, Stress, Anxiety And Drug And Alcohol Use – The Art Of Self Medication

Dealing with stress, anxiety and depression is never easy at any time of the year but 2020 has bought in additional challenges with COVID-19. And with the latest announcement with many areas of the UK going into Tier 4 lockdown has been just one step...

Depression, Stress, Anxiety And Drug And Alcohol Use  – The Art Of Self Medication

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What Is The Heroin Rehab Success Rate?

Heroin rehab is a great first step for getting your life back on track. Learn more about heroin rehab success rates and how you can improve your chances of staying clean.

What Is The Heroin Rehab Success Rate?

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New Year’s Resolutions Every Alcohol or Drug User Should Consider

As 2020 comes to an end, many people are looking within themselves to see how they can put self-improvement at the forefront in 2021. For many this is around, reducing stress, eating more healthily, losing weight, getting to the gym more, or starting some form...

New Year’s Resolutions Every Alcohol or Drug User Should Consider

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I’m Working But Turning To Alcohol And Drugs To Cope – What Can I Do?

According to a recent Bupa Global survey almost 40% of business leaders in the UK have turned to alcohol or drugs to cope with mental ill health during the pandemic, with 36% admitting they self-medicate because they feel they cannot talk to anybody about their...

I’m Working But Turning To Alcohol And Drugs To Cope – What Can I Do?

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Chemsex – Be Safe At Xmas

As we said in our blog a few months ago Chemsex is a growing phenomenon in the UK and is virtually exclusive to the LGBTQ+ community. Chemsex has become synonymous with a specific type of sexual behaviour and drug taking, where the three main drugs...

Chemsex – Be Safe At Xmas

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Do I Need An Alcohol Detox?

I want to stop drinking alcohol but do I need a detox?

Do I Need An Alcohol Detox?

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Ben's Dayhab Experience

Read about Ben's experience with Help Me Stop's Dayhab programme

Ben's Dayhab Experience

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The dangers of Calvin Klein, CK1 or CK Blend

Calvin Klein, CK1 or CK Blend is not a new synthetic drug like spice, but instead is a deadly combination of cocaine and ketamine and with even a restricted Xmas scene approaching services are already starting to see the impact.

The dangers of Calvin Klein, CK1 or CK Blend

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Alcohol DTs Treatment

Learn about alcohol DTs treatment and how you can handle delirium tremens safely and effectively. We provide information on the treatments available and the best options once you are past your initial detox.

Alcohol DTs Treatment

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Should I quit my cocaine use before Xmas & the New Year?

Britain is a cocaine-loving country, and its love for the drug is growing. The country uses more cocaine than anywhere in Europe and in some big cities like London 23kg of it is being used every day. For some of you reading this you may...

Should I quit my cocaine use before Xmas & the New Year?

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Help Me Stops' New Non-Residential/Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programme

In response to client and family feedback and a desire to carry on face to face treatment and maintain a COVID secure service we have made adjustments to our programmes.

Help Me Stops' New Non-Residential/Outpatient Drug & Alcohol Treatment Programme

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How To Stop Drinking Alcohol Safely

Depending on how much you drink, how often and other factors such as a history of fitting, suddenly stopping can not only be dangerous it can be fatal.

How To Stop Drinking Alcohol Safely

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The Average Cost For Rehab From Alcohol

The average cost for rehab can vary wildly depending on the type of treatment you choose. Read our blog on the options available and their average costs to understand more.

The Average Cost For Rehab From Alcohol

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SAD Enough For A Drink - Alcohol, Drugs and Seasonal Affective Disorder

Many years ago, Consultant Psychiatrist Tom Foster wrote a paper, Dying for a Drink, about the link between mental health, suicide, and the use of alcohol. In particular he explored the correlation of this around SAD (seasonal affective disorder). As we move further into the...

SAD Enough For A Drink - Alcohol, Drugs and Seasonal Affective Disorder

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Drug and Alcohol Treatment Online – Effective Treatment On Your Doorstep

Here at Help Me Stop, we believe that problematic alcohol and drug use and addiction treatment should be available to you wherever you are. As such, we have been running our online treatment program and replicating the great outcome results that academic studies from the...

Drug and Alcohol Treatment Online – Effective Treatment On Your Doorstep

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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) &Fighting Cocaine Addiction

Addiction treatment has come a long way in a relatively short amount of time. Specialty treatments, like rTMS, are allowing people to receive new treatments that, alongside intensive psychotherapy, can help tackle the battles of cocaine addiction.

Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) &Fighting Cocaine Addiction

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Signs You Are Overdosing On Cocaine

Spotting the signs you are overdosing on cocaine can save your life. Learn the physical and behavioural signs in this latest blog.

Signs You Are Overdosing On Cocaine

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How Problematic Is My, Or Someone I Know, Drug Or Alcohol Use?

In order to see how bad you drug and alcohol use look at the 11 factors below and then score yourself or someone you are concerned about.

How Problematic Is My, Or Someone I Know, Drug Or Alcohol Use?

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Why Physical Exercise is Important in Drug & Alcohol Treatment

Because drugs and alcohol are often used as a means to self-medicate and deal with a whole host of things such as depression, low self-esteem, anxiety & anger it becomes especially important for someone who has decided to quit the booze and the drugs to...

Why Physical Exercise is Important in Drug & Alcohol Treatment

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What to Do When Just NA, CA, AA or SMART Isn’t Enough

For many, peer support serves are a pivotal part of their relapse prevention, and countless people say that they would not be where they are today had it not been for the structure and support of their local groups. But while peer support services may...

What to Do When Just NA, CA, AA or SMART Isn’t Enough

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Have I Got A Narcissistic Alcohol or Drug Disorder?

More often than not narcissists' will not come willingly through the front door, and why would they, for they can see no wrong in their drinking and drug taking behaviour

Have I Got A Narcissistic Alcohol or Drug Disorder?

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How Long Does Cocaine Stay In The System

Cocaine can remain in your system for some time. Learn how long it takes to clear your body of cocaine and what affects the timeframe.

How Long Does Cocaine Stay In The System

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Why do I keep relapsing? - Why is it that I can’t stay stopped?

Well problematic substance use is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. As we have said in earlier blogs “If nothing changes, nothings changes”.

Why do I keep relapsing? - Why is it that I can’t stay stopped?

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How To Quit Smoking Weed

Cannabis is the most common drug in the UK but people interested in quitting often struggle to find advice. We provide help in our latest blog.

How To Quit Smoking Weed

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Drug and alcohol use and COVID-19

Can drug and alcohol use increase my risks of getting COVID-19?

Drug and alcohol use and COVID-19

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High risk Drinking has DOUBLED to 8.5 million since February

Royal College of Psychiatrists have indicated that those drinking alcohol at high risk levels has DOUBLED to 8.5 million since February. Here are some signs that you are struggling to cope with your drinking

High risk Drinking has DOUBLED to 8.5 million since February

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Cocaine use shouldn't be taken lightly & its more serious with alcohol

When a person uses both alcohol and cocaine, they create a very unique substance known as cocaethylene as result of the substances being metabolised in the liver.

Cocaine use shouldn't be taken lightly & its more serious with alcohol

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New Way Of Treating Opiate Dependence

Buvidal is effective in reducing opioids and opiates withdrawals and cravings. The main difference between Buvidal and other daily opiate detox medications such as methadone or oral Subutex is that you only need to be dosed weekly or monthly which is especially useful for those...

New Way Of Treating Opiate Dependence

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Alcohol And Pregnancy

Abstaining from alcohol around conception or during pregnancy has long been advised for many reasons, including preventing foetal alcohol syndrome. Nonetheless, modest levels of consumption are often seen as likely to be safe, this should not be the case.

Alcohol And Pregnancy

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Do I have a problem with alcohol? Am I alcohol dependent?

If you find it difficult to enjoy yourself, relax or deal with everyday problems without having a drink, it’s possible you’ve become dependent on alcohol.

Do I have a problem with alcohol? Am I alcohol dependent?

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Powerless or powerful? Why adapting to addiction is so important.

The urge to abuse drugs and alcohol lurks in your head – and you want it gone.

Powerless or powerful? Why adapting to addiction is so important.

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Is getting drug and alcohol treatment really worth all the hassle? - read Anne's story

National Recovery Month is an international observance held every September to educate as many people as possible that drug and alcohol treatment can enable those struggling with alcohol and drug problems to live a healthy and rewarding life.

Is getting drug and alcohol treatment really worth all the hassle? - read Anne's story

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The Addictive Voice - the thinking that supports or suggests the use of alcohol or drugs

People struggling with problematic alcohol and drug use and addiction are usually “of two minds.” That is, part of them knows they have a problem and is contemplating stopping, and the other part wants to continue the behaviour. These contradictory desires are called the addictive...

The Addictive Voice - the thinking that supports or suggests the use of alcohol or drugs

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Blocks to alcohol & drug treatment that keep us from changing our behaviour

Behavioural change is key to getting on top of problematic alcohol and drug use but the things we do and the ways we behave often keep us from changing our behaviours

Blocks to alcohol & drug treatment that keep us from changing our behaviour

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How to become addicted.

How people fall into dependency and substance abuse – and what you can do if it happens to you.

How to become addicted.

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Lapse or Relapse – What’s the difference & what to do if it happens?

The thought of relapse can be terrifying for anyone that has been abstinent for a period of time, be that a few days, a week or more but a lapse or relapse shouldn’t be the end of long-term abstinence.

Lapse or Relapse – What’s the difference & what to do if it happens?

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Behavioural change in drug and alcohol treatment – its not just about stopping

If someone could just stop their problematic alcohol and drug use they I would – if the underlying reasons for use are not addressed then relapse will happen

Behavioural change in drug and alcohol treatment – its not just about stopping

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The “family” and drug and alcohol treatment – why involving family members is vital

Problematic alcohol and drug use are not a one-way street. When a person compulsively uses drugs or alcohol, their behaviours do not exist in a vacuum. The negative behaviours—of which there are many—carry outward in a capacity that heavily, and often dramatically, affects the people...

The “family” and drug and alcohol treatment – why involving family members is vital

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If nothing changes – nothing changes

If nothing changes, nothing changes. If you keep doing what you're doing, you're going to keep getting what you're getting. You want change, make some!

If nothing changes – nothing changes

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I have, or I know someone that has, a problem with drink or drugs – What are my options?

Despite the valiant effort of Britain’s drug and alcohol professionals, the UK has a growing drug and alcohol problem. Learning your options for help and treatment is a great first step in recovery.

I have, or I know someone that has, a problem with drink or drugs – What are my options?

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Problematic drink and drug use (Addiction) – It’s not my fault?

On a daily basis drug and alcohol services get 100’s of calls from parents, partners, wives, husbands etc. that don’t understand why the person they are calling about just can’t stop.

Problematic drink and drug use (Addiction) – It’s not my fault?

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The elephant in the room – why is no one doing anything about my partners drink and drug use?

Families in which a partner abuses drugs or alcohol are unhappy. As drinking or drug use gets worse, it starts to take more and more time away from the family, eventually it will take its toll by creating an emotional distance.

The elephant in the room – why is no one doing anything about my partners drink and drug use?

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How women differ from men in drug and alcohol abuse – and how this impacts on treatment

Women can experience and fall into addiction differently from men. Today the team explores research on the subject and explains how to help someone catch their substance abuse before it gets worse.

How women differ from men in drug and alcohol abuse – and how this impacts on treatment

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Men drink, use drugs and don’t seek treatment. What can be done?

Why do men drink and do drugs? Why are they reluctant to get treatment – and how can I help make that happen? All legitimate questions the team answers in our latest article.

Men drink, use drugs and don’t seek treatment. What can be done?

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Living with a drug or alcohol user? What do I need to know?

Struggling to live with someone misusing alcohol and drugs? We’ve gathered tips from our addiction professionals on how to cope – and how to get them the help they need.

Living with a drug or alcohol user? What do I need to know?

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Living with a drinker: When does drinking become a problem?

Someone you live with is drinking a lot. When is it a problem? How do you know when it’s time to get help and what do you do?

Living with a drinker: When does drinking become a problem?

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Too busy for rehab – A modern-day solution for drug and alcohol treatment

Affordable, evening rehab is here – and you don’t have to come into a treatment centre to benefit. Click to learn more about why adults across the UK are conquering their drug and alcohol issues around work and normal day to day life.

Too busy for rehab – A modern-day solution for drug and alcohol treatment

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How Long Does It Take To Detox From Alcohol

Learn how long it takes for your body to detox from alcohol.

How Long Does It Take To Detox From Alcohol

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Driving drunk? Here’s how - and why - to stop.

Alcohol abuse sees many adults get behind the wheel of a car. Behind that decision lays abuse of alcohol that may be hard for you or a loved one to stop. Today we talk facts on drink driving – and how to stop the cycle.

Driving drunk? Here’s how - and why - to stop.

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Help them stop: Talking to loved ones about prescription drug abuse.

You don’t have to be an addict to have a problem. Read our latest article on prescription drug abuse and how you can help a loved one quit before it gets worse.

Help them stop: Talking to loved ones about prescription drug abuse.

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Mixing drugs: How to spot the signs, understand the dangers and help a loved one stop

Mixing drugs can kill. From chemsex to polydrug use, learn more today on how and why people mix substances – and how to help them stop.

Mixing drugs: How to spot the signs, understand the dangers and help a loved one stop

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How Addictive Is Heroin

A blog on the addictive properties of heroin.

How Addictive Is Heroin

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Three ways to make achieving sobriety easier.

Quitting drugs and alcohol: Three valuable points from addiction professionals on how to do it right.

Three ways to make achieving sobriety easier.

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The crisis of addiction and the state of our country on World Drug Day

World Drug Day arrives with our country in a state like never before. In a uniquely challenging time in our history, treatment and care for drug addiction must continue.

The crisis of addiction and the state of our country on World Drug Day

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Benefits Of Quitting Weed

Learn the benefits of quitting weed.

Benefits Of Quitting Weed

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How do you know if someone is abusing prescription drugs?

You can help it stop. Read eight symptoms of prescription drug abuse, understand what they mean and learn what to do next.

How do you know if someone is abusing prescription drugs?

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The myth of the magic moment: Why beating substance abuse is a game of inches.

You want recovery quickly and that won’t happen. Read more on how lasting recovery from drugs and alcohol works in the real world.

The myth of the magic moment: Why beating substance abuse is a game of inches.

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Three powerful ways to help someone to stop misusing alcohol.

You make the difference. Read three vital tips from alcohol and drug treatment professionals on how to support a person struggling with alcohol.

Three powerful ways to help someone to stop misusing alcohol.

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Three ways you can win against relapses and problematic substance misuse.

You’re worried about relapsing. Here are three tips from Help Me Stop on how to get stronger, minimise relapses and succeed in your fight.

Three ways you can win against relapses and problematic substance misuse.

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Three signs someone could be abusing alcohol

You’re worried about alcohol abuse, but what are the signs? Our addiction professionals speak on three indicators of problems with drink.

Three signs someone could be abusing alcohol

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How and why to redefine your problematic use of alcohol and drugs

Hating yourself won’t work. Here’s why you need to change your story - so you can change you.

How and why to redefine your problematic use of alcohol and drugs

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Chemsex: A growing trend and a dangerous potential for problematic drug use

Chemsex is dangerous. If you or a loved one are worried about chemsex and associated drug problems, read this article now – before it gets worse.

Chemsex: A growing trend and a dangerous potential for problematic drug use

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Is alcohol really a drug?

Is alcohol really a drug? Is it addictive like one?

Is alcohol really a drug?

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How do you know if someone is abusing cocaine?

Worried about a loved one doing cocaine? Unsure if they are? Read our article on common symptoms and facts on the drug itself.

How do you know if someone is abusing cocaine?

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In denial of reality: Another three damaging excuses made by addicts and substance misusers.

Three final excuses easily made to justify substance abuse.

In denial of reality: Another three damaging excuses made by addicts and substance misusers.

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Letting it out: Admitting to loved ones your alcohol and drug use is getting out of hand

Drug and alcohol use getting out of hand? Here’s how to open up.

Letting it out: Admitting to loved ones your alcohol and drug use is getting out of hand

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The illusion of control: Three more excuses abusers of drugs and alcohol make.

Three more excuses commonly made by people misusing substances.

The illusion of control: Three more excuses abusers of drugs and alcohol make.

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Ketamine: How to help a loved one stop using this dangerous drug.

Ketamine use is dangerous. If you’re trying to help a friend or loved one quit, read this.

Ketamine: How to help a loved one stop using this dangerous drug.

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Hurt, relief, identity: Four excuses abusers of drugs and alcohol make.

Drug and alcohol misuse changes us. As dependency grows, excuses develop in a bid to justify the continued abuse of substances – and they’re more common than you might think. Here are four of them and the danger they pose to recovery, health and wellbeing.

Hurt, relief, identity: Four excuses abusers of drugs and alcohol make.

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Ketamine: How to understand the dangers and symptoms of its use.

Ketamine is a powerful and widespread drug in the UK. In this article, we discuss the dangers of its use – and how to spot symptoms of addiction and dependency.

Ketamine: How to understand the dangers and symptoms of its use.

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Loved one leaving drug and alcohol residential rehab? Here’s why aftercare matters.

Worried about relapse as you or a loved one leaves residential rehab? Aftercare can stop it. Here’s how.

Loved one leaving drug and alcohol residential rehab? Here’s why aftercare matters.

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Non-medical cannabis, skunk and addiction: What you need to know.

Non-medical cannabis can be addictive and dangerous.

Non-medical cannabis, skunk and addiction: What you need to know.

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Cocaine, alcohol and the rising dangers of both across Britain

London alone consumes over 23kg of cocaine a day. Combined with binge drinking, the danger is severe and immediate.

Cocaine, alcohol and the rising dangers of both across Britain

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Self-isolating? Alcohol use increased? Read these three points of advice.

Worried about your recent alcohol use? Click here for our advice.

Self-isolating? Alcohol use increased? Read these three points of advice.

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Want to help an addict and not hurt them? Don't make these six mistakes.

Common mistakes to avoid when helping a person struggling with addiction and substance misuse.

Want to help an addict and not hurt them? Don't make these six mistakes.

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Anger, trauma and their ties to problematic drug and alcohol use

How anger and trauma can lead one towards alcohol and addiction.

Anger, trauma and their ties to problematic drug and alcohol use

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Understanding alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic

What you need to know about alcohol and COVID-19.

Understanding alcohol during the COVID-19 pandemic

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How to support a loved one who is in rehab or fighting addiction

How you can best help a loved one in their fight against addiction.

How to support a loved one who is in rehab or fighting addiction

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Seven common causes of problematic drug and alcohol use

In this article we explore common challenges that can lead to addiction.

Seven common causes of problematic drug and alcohol use

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Online substance misuse treatment: Does it work?

Does online rehabilitation work? Who is it best for?

Online substance misuse treatment: Does it work?

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Recovery is changing. Addiction stays the same.

Recovery can happen, even if you're alone or at home.

Recovery is changing. Addiction stays the same.

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Lucy's story of addiction recovery

Lucy, a member of Help Me Stop, shares her personal story of recovery.

Lucy's story of addiction recovery

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Relapse: Common causes and prevention techniques

How relapses occur - and how we can learn to better avoid them.

Relapse: Common causes and prevention techniques

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Nutrition: Why it matters during recovery

Nutrition is vital to recovery and rehabilitation.

Nutrition: Why it matters during recovery

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The media and substance misuse: How they get it wrong

The media's portrayal of addiction causes harm. Here's how.

The media and substance misuse: How they get it wrong

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Addiction In The Workplace - A Help Me Stop Whitepaper

17 million days of productivity are lost each year due to drug and alcohol use. Our whitepaper investigates the effect on businesses and the economy in the UK.

Addiction In The Workplace - A Help Me Stop Whitepaper

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Digital Dayhab - Online Drug and Alcohol Treatment

London Dayhab Help Me Stop has now launched an online treatment service for people struggling with drug and alcohol problems. It will deliver intensive treatment for existing clients unable to leave their homes during the COVID-19 crisis and new clients who wish to take advantage...

Digital Dayhab - Online Drug and Alcohol Treatment

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What is addiction?

What is an alcohol or drug problem?

What is addiction?

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How isolation fuels and affects addiction

Isolation is harmful and can enable destructive behaviour.

How isolation fuels and affects addiction

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The link between compulsion and addiction

What causes compulsive behaviour? How does it affect addiction?

The link between compulsion and addiction

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Help Me Stop: COVID-19 Statement

Help Me Stop is working within the governments' guidelines to help stop the spread of COVID-19. While we remain open, Help Me Stop is committed to infection prevention and control.

Help Me Stop: COVID-19 Statement

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Facing fear in recovery

Fear: We must learn to manage it to succeed in recovery.

Facing fear in recovery

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Negative mental narratives: A threat to recovery

Our minds can be unkind to us - and it holds back recovery.

Negative mental narratives: A threat to recovery

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The cost of making change

Change is a commitment, and rehabilitation is no exception.

The cost of making change

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Drug and alcohol treatment: To go or not to go

Why you shouldn't wait for the right time.

Drug and alcohol treatment: To go or not to go

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Understanding cross addiction

An explanation from the team on the dangers and reality of cross addiction.

Understanding cross addiction

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The importance of trust during recovery

How and why trust is rebuilt during rehabilitation.

The importance of trust during recovery

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Simon's story of alcohol addiction recovery as a client of Help Me Stop

Follow Simon's journey as he deals with addiction and mental health issues.

Simon's story of alcohol addiction recovery as a client of Help Me Stop

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Handling insomnia during drug and alcohol treatment

Our guidance on handling insomnia during rehab and recovery.

Handling insomnia during drug and alcohol treatment

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Tom's story of alcohol addiction recovery

Today we share the story of Tom, a successful client of Help Me Stop.

Tom's story of alcohol addiction recovery

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Alcoholism & Alcohol Use Disorder: A disease, not a choice

Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are genuine diseases - not decisions.

Alcoholism & Alcohol Use Disorder: A disease, not a choice

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Hidden risk: How drug and alcohol use costs employers and employees

Substance misuse damages employers and employees both. Here's how.

Hidden risk: How drug and alcohol use costs employers and employees

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Habits that keep you succeeding in recovery

Our advice on how to maximise your likelihood of successful recovery and sobriety.

Habits that keep you succeeding in recovery

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Alcohol withdrawal: Know the signs

What are the signs - and dangers - of alcohol withdrawal?

Alcohol withdrawal: Know the signs

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How to return to work after residential rehab

When done right, returning to work can help your journey of recovery after rehab. This article explores how.

How to return to work after residential rehab

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How and why to conduct a family intervention

This article discusses how to best conduct a family intervention.

How and why to conduct a family intervention

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How Help Me Stop differs from traditional residential rehab

Our revolutionary Dayhab programme differs from traditional treatment models. Here's how.

How Help Me Stop differs from traditional residential rehab

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The stigma of alcohol and drug addiction and its consequences

The stigma of addiction is damaging. This article explains why.

The stigma of alcohol and drug addiction and its consequences

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The importance of exercise in alcohol and drug treatment and recovery

Exercise is massively beneficial to treatment and recovery. Here's how.

The importance of exercise in alcohol and drug treatment and recovery

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One Directioner Liam Payne Talks About His Addiction

Liam Payne opens up about problematic alcohol and drug use and why he chose treatment.

One Directioner Liam Payne Talks About His Addiction

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Help Me Stop - Start Your Recovery

The flexible Help Me Stop programme in London is designed to fit around work, study or family commitments. Watch our introductory video to learn more.

Help Me Stop - Start Your Recovery

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Is alcohol addictive? How do you get addicted to it or dependent on it?

This article talks about how alcoholism and dependency begin and progress.

Is alcohol addictive? How do you get addicted to it or dependent on it?

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Terry's story

Today we share the story of Terry, a recovered client of Help Me Stop.

Terry's story

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How our breakthrough Dayhab model works – and signs a loved one may need it

How dayhab works - and the signs a person close to you may need it.

How our breakthrough Dayhab model works – and signs a loved one may need it

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Misusing alcohol and working? Here’s what you need to know.

This article talks about problematic alcohol use and work.

Misusing alcohol and working? Here’s what you need to know.

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Cross addiction: What it is and what you need to know

In this article we discuss the dangers of cross addiction.

Cross addiction: What it is and what you need to know

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Do I need rehab? When is the right time to seek treatment?

Are you ready for rehab? This article answers common questions on the subject.

Do I need rehab? When is the right time to seek treatment?

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First steps: How to effectively start helping a loved with problematic alcohol and drug use

In this article, the Help Me Stop team will describe to you several key points that will help you act in a positive and productive manner during this challenging time.

First steps: How to effectively start helping a loved with problematic alcohol and drug use

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First steps: Understanding emotions and family when loved ones have problematic alcohol and drug use

Understanding emotions and the family in helping a loved one with problematic alcohol and drug use.

First steps: Understanding emotions and family when loved ones have problematic alcohol and drug use

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How to tell if friends or family members have a drinking problem

It’s sometimes difficult to tell whether someone has a drinking problem or whether they’re simply a social drinker who occasionally over-indulges. However, there are some questions you can ask yourself to determine whether or not a person has a drinking problem.

How to tell if friends or family members have a drinking problem

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Top tips to help your employees stay sober

Drinking culture in UK workplaces is prolific. Young graduates trying to impress managers and colleagues in the workplace are channelled into taking part in evening social activities. Here are four top tips to support your employees with a sober lifestyle.

Top tips to help your employees stay sober

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Help Me Stop's Official Launch

Help Me Stop launched its first Dayhab centre last month. Branded “rehab in the real world”, Dayhab has shown to keep two in three participants abstinent nine months after completing in the US.

Help Me Stop's Official Launch

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Supporting recovery through religion

Having been in recovery for several years, I was seeking a way to connect my personal journey of battling addiction with teachings from my religion. Subsequently, last month I attended the Gurmat Sikh retreat in the outskirts of London.

Supporting recovery through religion

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Addiction Therapists, our Recovery Guides

Once addicts, then on a recovery journey, and now guides to others.

Addiction Therapists, our Recovery Guides

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Is Dayhab the answer for professionals suffering addiction problems?

Dayhab treatment is breaking many of the barriers to receiving addiction treatment for many people in full time roles, by launching a service that is both flexible and affordable.

Is Dayhab the answer for professionals suffering addiction problems?

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Resilience Within and Purpose

Over the course of nearly 30 years of battling addiction and ongoing mental health issues, resilience buried within a strong meaning and sense of life purpose, have helped me to survive.

Resilience Within and Purpose

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The Joys of a Spiritual Recovery

Being in a spiritual recovery means that I follow a way of life guided by principles such as honesty, perseverance, trust, humility, integrity, self-acceptance, steadfastness, willingness, patience and self-forgiveness. It also allows me to be of service to others. I help people who are unwell...

The Joys of a Spiritual Recovery

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Removing Stigma

Mental illness is one of the most common disorders worldwide. 355 million people suffer from depression globally making it more common than aids, diabetes and cancer combined. Yet there is still so much stigma around it. And this has a negative impact on recovery.

Removing Stigma

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International Drug Day

Wednesday 26th June is the UN's International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking It's been observed annually since 1989. Senior Addiction counsellor, Warren Vinciguerra talks about his own history of drug use and his experience of recovery.

International Drug Day

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Serenity; the by-product of addiction recovery

Serenity is the state of mind that comes from a surrendering of the will, letting go of the daily fight with circumstances and accepting life on life’s terms.

Serenity; the by-product of addiction recovery

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The Art of Kindness

Experiencing the kindness of a fellow human being is one of the most transformative experiences I’ve ever had. When new to the prospect of recovery, what I felt about myself and my life was utter devastation.

The Art of Kindness

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Compassion

Compassion is the most important tool when helping someone recover from alcohol and drug problems. Psychotherapist Warren Vinciguerra discusses how it works.

Compassion

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Using meditation to overcome addiction and prevent relapse

Today we’re constantly bombarded with fast fixes, instant access, high-speed Internet, fast food, mobile phones that ping; a constant streams of emails and an ethos of busy-busy, work-work, bang- bang. And a desire for not only instant coffee but instant gratification: I want what I...

Using meditation to overcome addiction and prevent relapse

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We are the most addicted society ever to have walked the planet

Addiction is the inability to have a causal relationship with addictive substances. We are the most depressed, medicated, obese, disconnected - even though we are so privileged to live in Western society a first world country.

We are the most addicted society ever to have walked the planet

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The importance of involving family in addiction treatment

One of the major benefits of running a day programme is connection with family members who can quite often be the instigator of treatment, they can be the 1st point of contact to our service, coming into our service for support, education and advice. Family...

The importance of involving family in addiction treatment

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Addiction is an epidemic that some people don't want to cure.

Recently I heard somebody talking about how much money could be made if scientists invented a cure for addiction. And I thought how very naïve, as there are many corporate scientists out there trying to create more addictive processes. At no time in history has...

Addiction is an epidemic that some people don't want to cure.

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Prescription Drugs: A script for life?

The historical case of Dr. Conrad Murray, and his relationship with Michael Jackson, highlights how easily a straightforward process can become confused in a way that most patients find hard to understand.In an ideal world one would like to think that getting a prescription from...

Prescription Drugs: A script for life?

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Rehab or Dayhab

Help Me Stop's Head of Treatment talks about why he believes Intensive Outpatient Programmes are the way forward for addiction Treatment. Until now, there has been no intensive Dahab, like the U.S model, available in the UK. Help Me Stop is a breakthrough in addiction...

Rehab or Dayhab

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Addiction: Challenging Beliefs

“Once a junkie, always a junkie”. “What’s the point in spending money on addicts, they never get better anyway”. These are just some of the conflicting and judgemental comments that you will hear if you introduce the subject of addiction in to most normal conversations....

Addiction: Challenging Beliefs

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