Most of us welcome some warm, sunny weather, it can be nice to enjoy the sunshine and science even provides us with evidence that it can improve our mood, energy levels, motivation to make and maintain change, as well as improving our physical bodily functions as well as our general mental well-being.
However, when it’s too hot for too long, there are serious possible health risks that we need to keep in mind. In England alone, there are on average 2000 heat related deaths every single year, and that’s not even taking into consideration the current unprecedented level 3 heatwave we’re all experiencing!
Keep reading to find out how you can stay safe in this weather, how it can negatively impact those with active substance addictions (both drugs and alcohol) and those in recovery, what to watch out for, how you can help yourself and others, and finally but by no means least, our top tips and heatwave heat hacks to keep you cool and comfortable.
We all experience times when things just get too much, and these can be really scary, especially when you aren’t expecting them. However, having a technique that you can use to rapidly help can be a real comfort, especially when mentally it seems like nothing and no one can help in those scary moments in time.
Make sure that you learn this simple, adaptable and versatile coping strategy to add to your recovery toolbox. It’s one easy technique, but one that can pack a punch alone or in conjunction with other coping strategies!
younger members of family to make the most of every opportunity, say yes without fear, and grasp every opportunity to grow, develop and enjoy the time you have before tomorrow finally arrives and it’s too late!
Try our little exercise to help you put your life and situation into perspective, and find out the 5 questions you should be asking yourself when it comes to accessing help from drug and alcohol services today!
Water is essential for the body to function. The human body is made up of 65% water, which is needed for various processes and reactions such as circulation, metabolism, body temperature and waste removal. If the body doesn’t have enough water, these physiological processes can be impaired.
The brain and heart are composed of 73% water, the lungs are about 83% water, the skin contains 64% water, muscles and kidneys are 79% and even your bones are made up of 31% water! You can now see why it’s so important to keep yourself hydrated if you want your body and mind to function optimally and as healthily as possible.
Reading this article will give you top tips and tricks to improve your fluid intake, recognise the signs of dehydration, over hydration and much, much more!
Everyone experiences a lack of motivation from time to time and when it comes to addiction or recovery, we often put off doing certain things because they may seem to hard to do, we become too scared or fear certain things, we procrastinate, or we maybe even feeling that we aren’t actually worth changing or improving ourselves. There are many other reasons why we put off doing certain things, and I’m sure that you could come up with a list as long as your arm! However as tough as these things may seem to be, they’re the exact things that we need to be doing if we want to make any true, meaningful, long-term recovery.
Find our tips, tricks and ways to change your thought processes in this article with loads, loads more!
Over 95% of people who quit nicotine (smoking, vaping or chewing) without help return to the same habit within approximately 6 months or less.
Our research findings have been proven effective for smoking cessation over and over again. If you’re really serious about quitting smoking, you need to check out our article, it’s one you won’t want to miss!
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.
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!