One of the difficulties in recognising drug and alcohol addiction as a disease is it just doesn’t seem like one initially in comparison to others such as diabetes, stroke or blindness.
It doesn’t look, sound, smell and it certainly doesn’t act like a disease. To make matters worse, generally, it denies it exists and resists treatment to the very last second before treatment begins.
Drug and alcohol addiction has been recognised for many years by professional medical organisations such as the NHS, research institutions and leading addiction charities, groups and organisations as a primary, chronic, progressive and also unfortunately sometimes a fatal disease too.
Opioids & opiates are supposed to be a short term solution for moderate to severe pain. However, so many people are on them for so long, that they have become physically and psychologically dependent on them, firstly because they enjoy the way they make them feel and secondly, to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Unfortunately, the ever increasing epidemic of opioid addiction is ravaging nations around the world, killing people unnecessarily, for a health condition that is treatable!
Find out all you need to know about opioids, addiction, pregnancy, overdoses, death withdrawal symptoms and treatment options and much more!…
Considered one of the nation’s greatest health epidemics by many in the medical and mental health fields, suicide is one of the top leading causes of death in the United Kingdom, along with the consequences that addiction can cause, such as overdosing, especially among young people.
The suicide rate of 11.2 deaths per 100,000 population recorded by the Office for National Statistics. This must change, we have the ability to do it, hopefully with this dissemination and public awareness of information, we can all help and make change!…
Coming up over the next two days is our micro-series looking at overcoming trust issues and repairing infidelity in our relationships with others who may be still using, drinking or in recovery or those who help us as addicts, even if we are still using, drinking or in recovery.
It’s not easy, it takes a second to damage a relationship and time, effort and action to repair them.
These articles should be able to help you with that!…
Many people diagnosed with a substance use disorder (an addiction) also suffer from a co-occurring mental health or behavioural disorders. This is known as a “dual diagnosis”. Individuals with a dual diagnosis require an integrated treatment plan that addresses both disorders as interconnected health issues simultaneously.
According to a recent study, approximately 80% people with an addiction also have one or more co-occurring mental health conditions among other physical health conditions too.
These facts, figures and statistics make for an interesting read. Having current, valid knowledge can help us to change the stigma, myths and misinformation still circulating around between people who don’t know better.
Sharing these bits of information is one way we can start to change the opinions of addicts and addiction.
Perhaps we could use scorpion venom to provide a strong opioid-like painkiller that is free from the risk of addiction? Maybe we could use spider venom to create a cure or treatment for addiction? Or could we even use jellyfish venom to help heal damage done to our bodies through chronic drug or alcohol use? All the information you need is inside this article!
Dreams can be entertaining, disturbing, or downright bizarre. We all dream, even if we don’t remember it the next day. But why do we dream? What do they mean and why do I dream about using or drinking again anyway? Find out all you need to know & more by reading on…
Inside this article are 10 weird and interesting things you may not know alcoholic drinks are doing to your body.
For so long, we have been following the same advice, myths and legends of alcohol use and drunkenness, but now science is fighting back with new evidence that turns those theories on their head.
Keep reading to find out how!…