Getting Out And Help Our Community Once Again

Today we’ve been out and about helping those who are homeless or rough sleeping around the town to help keep warm and dry during this constantly changing weather.
Those who rely on us have been happy to see us again too.

We need your help if we are to continue helping those who are homeless or sleeping rough and are addicted to drug and alcohol locally. You can find out how you can support us on our donation page or within this article. Thank you!

The Advisory Council On The Misuse Of Drugs Decision Regarding Sunosi Being Categorised As A Controlled Drug

The ACMD (Advisory Council on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs) and MHRA (Medicines & Healthcare products
Regulatory Agency) has evaluated the risk of substance abuse and physical dependency of the medicine Sunosi (Solriamfetol). Sunosi is a once-daily prescription medicine used to improve wakefulness in adults with excessive daytime sleepiness due to obstructive sleep apnoea or narcolepsy.

Find out all you need to know and more in our article on the subject here!…

Drug Use Isn’t Just Bad For Humans – It’s Impacting Animals And Marine Life Too

A new study has shed light on how drugs taken by humans can affect fish. The study showed that brown trout exposed to methamphetamine in their water changed their behaviour, brain function and had long term effects upon their behaviour and natural processes.

Around 269 million people worldwide use drugs each year, and the byproducts end up in our sewers. Sewage treatment plants don’t routinely filter out drugs. One study estimates it’d cost over £36 million to upgrade wastewater treatment plants to remove these chemicals in England and Wales alone.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, researchers in the Czech Republic investigated how methamphetamine – a stimulant with a growing number of users worldwide – might be affecting wild brown trout.

They examined whether concentrations of methamphetamine and one of its byproducts, amphetamine, which were estimated from other studies that have measured illicit drug concentrations in waterways, could be detected in the brains of brown trout. They also looked at whether these concentrations were enough to cause the animals to become addicted.

To find out what the full results of this study show, how it may affect you and what you can do to help can all be found inside our article!

Study: Doctors Are Pressurised To Prescribe Opioid Based Medications When Asked Much Later In The Day

The authors of a recent study on opioid use and found another startling factor that might be adding to the ever increasing opioid crisis: the increasing rate of opioid prescribing.

Hannah Neprash, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota and Michael Barnett, an internal medicine specialist practicing in multiple hospitals around Boston, found that physicians are more likely to prescribe opioids as their shift progresses and appointments fall behind schedule when Doctors are to talk to the patient, assess or examine them and refer them to other specialties or prescribe medications in a 10-15 minute window.

Check out the surprising results from this highly illuminating study on this increasing, worldwide issue that’s adding more pressure on the current opioid crisis in developed nations.

The Neuroscience Of Gratitude And How It Affects Anxiety, Depression And Mental Health

Did you know just how important it is to show gratitude for what you have or are provided with? If you are blessed with the perfect family, a good job or an ideal one that you’ve always wanted to do, stable finances with some money tucked away for a rainy day or a healthy life, you should be grateful. Even being grateful for the little things in your life can make a real difference to your mental wellbeing, provide an improvement in mood and optimism, as well as motivate you to seek more improvements in your life and for those around you.

Keep reading if you want to know more about the science behind gratitude and how it can benefit you, your mental health, physical health and recovery from substances with our top 10 tips.

12 Ways Addiction And Mental Health Professionals Help People Using Telemedicine/Online Therapy

The lack of local access to mental health and addiction services, ever increasing waiting lists, cost of private treatment, societal stigma and other factors contribute to the global widespread inability to get into therapy//treatment when the person needs it most.

Tele-healthcare or online therapy helps to remove some of these obstacles in order for many more able to receive the mental health care that they need and deserve. Virtual therapy sessions are enabling more and more people with addiction and mental health issues to succeed in their lives. This also includes other therapies including hypnotherapy, mindfulness, meditation and many others.

Here you can discover whether online therapy may benefit you or someone else you know, as well as when online therapy may not be the best fit for you. Check out our new article.

We always want to hear from you so please comment below or get in touch with us through our social media pages and let us know your views and opinions!

What Percentage Of Addicts Stay Clean For The Long Term?

Medically, addiction is known to be a “chronic and relapsing disease” according to the nationwide research and the UK’s National Health Service.

What this definition means is that one or more relapses are a highly expectant occurrence due to the nature of the disease. So, what we want to know, what percentage of addicts stay clean for the long term?

According to a study published in 2000, relapse rates for addiction in the first year after stopping are between 40 and 60%; this is similar to other comparable long term health conditions such as asthma, hypertension and type 2 diabetes. The only difference being is that us as addicts are the ones in control of our outcomes and whether we do what we need to do in order to succeed or do the bare minimum and risk becoming yet another statistic.

In this article you will find ways of managing the risks surrounding lapses/relapses to become a long term success, and avoid becoming nothing more than another proven statistic!

Trauma In Childhood Can Induce A More Pleasurable High In Those Who Take Morphine According To New, Ground-Breaking Research

University of Exeter scientists compared the effects of morphine on 52 healthy people, 27 with a history of childhood abuse and neglect, 25 who reported no such experiences in childhood. This research looks at the possibility of linking childhood trauma and
increased enjoyment of morphine.

The findings in this piece of research is ground-breaking and may pave the way for other similar trials that may help to identify possible candidates who may be at risk of developing an addiction, and to reduce the likelihood of adolescents developing an addiction in later life.

It’s Time To Give Up the Addict Identity And Become Who Or What You Want To Be

Escaping from active drug and alcohol addiction involves more than just giving up and stopping the physical consumption of alcohol and drugs. The addict will also need to give up, amend or develop a certain parts of their own identity.

For years, the addicts life will have revolved around acquiring and using substance (both drugs and alcohol). This will have impacted not only how they view the world around them, but also how they see themselves.

When they give all this up, it will often leave a hole in their life. Those who carry their “addict identity” with them into recovery often struggle to find success away from their addiction. One of the hardest challenges for people in early sobriety/abstinence is to build a new identity for themselves which doesn’t revolve around substances.

That’s the aim of this article, to help you give up the “addict identity” and become who you want to be and do whatever you want to!

May Is Mental Health Awareness Month 2021 – Time To Get Involved And Save Lives!

Mental Health Awareness Month is a national month-long observance that was first established in the United States in 1949. It focuses on raising awareness about and educating the general public about mental health, mental health conditions, seeking help for those who’re struggling with their mental health and removing the stigma that still exists in some areas of society.

The month is used to not only bring attention to the many different mental health conditions that people can struggle with, but also to enforce the importance of getting help if you need it as well as shed light on mental health treatment options.

With the involvement of COVID-19 affecting everyone’s mental health, your involvement in this year’s mental health month is more important than ever. Find out more and how you can get involved to benefit you and those around you in 2021. Your involvement can even save lives!…