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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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Our staff in the newspapers - 'I thought I knew what a heroin addict looked like, then I became one'

Our own Lucy published her story in the Metro this week 'I thought I knew what a heroin addict looked like, then I became one', openly discussing her own journey through addiction to encourage other sufferers to reach out. Here's what she said.

Our staff in the newspapers - 'I thought I knew what a heroin addict looked like, then I became one'

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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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Increase in drug deaths is no surprise

This week I was invited onto Sky News for an interview with Kay Burley. She wanted to talk to me about the recent increase in drug-related deaths. According to the Office for National Statistics. The number of drug-related deaths in England and Wales reached record...

Increase in drug deaths is no surprise

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Chip Somers: Dayhab offers a solution to the alcohol and drug 'epidemic'

The recent research findings from Kings College London do not come as a surprise to me. What do we expect when there have been such massive cuts to alcohol rehab services? As the report shows, since the withdrawal of funding in England for essential services,...

Chip Somers: Dayhab offers a solution to the alcohol and drug 'epidemic'

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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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Chip's Story

Help Me Stop's Clinical Adviser, Chip Somers tells how he went from a middle-class family, to boarding school, prison and the streets. He suffered sexual abuse as a child and lived the life of an addict for many years before going into rehab and coming...

Chip's Story

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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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