We’re here in central London. Our door is open to adults who need help with addiction to alcohol or drugs. To celebrate, we held a launch event and here’s what people said.
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Like many people in this country who are described as ‘functioning alcoholics’, Dave had a successful career, a family and good friends. However, he reached what he describes as a ‘downward spiral’ in alcohol addiction, ‘virtually at rock bottom’. Watch and read Dave’s experience of alcohol treatment at Help Me Stop and the great strides he has made in his alcohol recovery.
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 too far for many people. Turning to drugs and alcohol is not the answer
So, you have decided that you are drinking too much, and you want to quit – terrific! Currently there are about 8.4 million people in the UK that are drinking at hazardous and harmful levels, almost double the number since lockdown. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) defines ‘hazardous drinking’ as ‘a pattern of consumption that increases someone’s risk of harm’.
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 develop some other healthy coping mechanisms. Exercise can help in this.
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 seem like the natural place to begin the abstinence journey, standalone peer support participation is not always the solution that many people hope for.
Cocaine can remain in someone’s system for some time. Depending on the method of detection used, cocaine can be picked up in a person for as little as 5 minutes or as long as 90 days. To better understand this we have listed the methods of detection and their effective times.
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 voice.
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.