A loved one is using cocaine – and you want to help them stop. Here’s our advice on doing it safely, decisively and effectively.
Worried about a loved one doing cocaine? Unsure if they are? Read our article on common symptoms and facts on the drug itself.
Three final excuses easily made to justify substance abuse.
Drug and alcohol use getting out of hand? Here’s how to open up.
Three more excuses commonly made by people misusing substances.
Ketamine use is dangerous. If you’re trying to help a friend or loved one quit, read this.
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.
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.
Worried about relapse as you or a loved one leaves residential rehab? Aftercare can stop it. Here’s how.
Non-medical cannabis can be addictive and dangerous.
London alone consumes over 23kg of cocaine a day. Combined with binge drinking, the danger is severe and immediate.
Worried about your recent alcohol use? Click here for our advice.
Common mistakes to avoid when helping a person struggling with addiction and substance misuse.
How anger and trauma can lead one towards alcohol and addiction.
What you need to know about alcohol and COVID-19.
How you can best help a loved one in their fight against addiction.
In this article we explore common challenges that can lead to addiction.
Does online rehabilitation work? Who is it best for?
Recovery can happen, even if you're alone or at home.
Lucy, a member of Help Me Stop, shares her personal story of recovery.
How relapses occur - and how we can learn to better avoid them.
Nutrition is vital to recovery and rehabilitation.
The reality of how alcohol cravings work - and how they can be managed.
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.
The media's portrayal of addiction causes harm. Here's how.
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...
Isolation is harmful and can enable destructive behaviour.
What causes compulsive behaviour? How does it affect addiction?
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.
Our minds can be unkind to us - and it holds back recovery.
An explanation from the team on the dangers and reality of cross addiction.
Follow Simon's journey as he deals with addiction and mental health issues.
How and why trust is rebuilt during rehabilitation.
Our guidance on handling insomnia during rehab and recovery.
Alcoholism and alcohol use disorder are genuine diseases - not decisions.
Today we share the story of Tom, a successful client of Help Me Stop.
Substance misuse damages employers and employees both. Here's how.
Our advice on how to maximise your likelihood of successful recovery and sobriety.
What are the signs - and dangers - of alcohol withdrawal?
When done right, returning to work can help your journey of recovery after rehab. This article explores how.
This article discusses how to best conduct a family intervention.
The stigma of addiction is damaging. This article explains why.
Our revolutionary Dayhab programme differs from traditional treatment models. Here's how.
Liam Payne opens up about problematic alcohol and drug use and why he chose treatment.
Exercise is massively beneficial to treatment and recovery. Here's how.
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.
This article talks about how alcoholism and dependency begin and progress.
How dayhab works - and the signs a person close to you may need it.
This article talks about problematic alcohol use and work.
In this article we discuss the dangers of cross addiction.
Are you ready for rehab? This article answers common questions on the subject.
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.
Understanding emotions and the family in helping a loved one with problematic alcohol and drug use.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Once addicts, then on a recovery journey, and now guides to others.
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.
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.
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...
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...
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,...
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.
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.
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.
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.
Compassion is the most important tool when helping someone recover from alcohol and drug problems. Psychotherapist Warren Vinciguerra discusses how it works.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
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...
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...
“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....