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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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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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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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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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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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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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How isolation fuels and affects addiction

Isolation is harmful and can enable destructive behaviour.

How isolation fuels and affects addiction

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What is addiction?

What is an alcohol or drug problem?

What is 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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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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The importance of trust during recovery

How and why trust is rebuilt during rehabilitation.

The importance of trust during recovery

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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