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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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