Going to university is as much about experiencing your first taste of freedom and independence as it is about preparing for your career and any other postgraduate training you may need to do for your job of choice.
For many young adults, going to a university is the first opportunity they have to live away from their parents. It can all be very exciting. Yet all of this new freedom and the experiences that you’ll shortly face means being suddenly faced with a lot of unfamiliar choices and new possible temptations, some involving the temptation or social pressure to use alcohol and drugs.
This article is designed to give you brief, yet full overview of drugs, alcohol and addiction that may come from chronically misusing substances. You’ll find tips, tricks and so much 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!
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!
When you still use or drink, your brain will do anything and everything to ensure that you have that next hit, pipe, bong, pint, glass or any other. It knows exactly what to say to you, what to make you think or feel in order that you follow through with its desired intentions.
This little experiment will show you first hand what your brain will do, make you think or feel in order to get what it wants.
One of the hardest parts of battling an addiction of any form (in this case, drugs and alcohol) is the cessation of rituals, habits and compulsions to do something in a set order or the same way every single time.
Certain things trigger the urge to use or drink, even things such as getting up in the morning, getting into the car, coming home from work, seeing certain people, doing certain activities and many, many others. As people living with an addiction, we build our lives around our illness. It is the centerpiece of our existence when our world becomes totally insular.
Find out what habits, rituals and compulsions are, what Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and how it can worsen those habits and rituals, along with treatment and coping strategies to manage and change those deep seated habits and rituals that have been built over months, years or even decades of chronic substance use and dependency.
We all have had those times when thoughts of using or drinking come to mind, sometimes with real ferocity. For example, those days after lockdown has started to take one step back toward normality, you might find yourself wondering down a high street, past a pub and you suddenly glance at the cold sweat running down the outside of a freshly poured pint of beer or suddenly get a waft of that distinctive cannabis smell from someone else nearby.
Actor Charlie Sheen, known for his heavy cocaine and alcohol use, has been stating in interviews that he freed himself of his drug habit “simply by closing my eyes and make it so” according to him.
Is this public display damaging the hard work that those in the recovery field work so hard to build upon, and the addicts who come to succeed in their recovery thanks to various coping strategies, organisations and fellowship groups?
Find out all you need to know inside this article!…
A relapse prevention plan (RPP) features a concrete course of action, outline coping mechanisms and ideas for managing cravings and triggers in times of stress when you may end up relapsing.
The plan can be amended and added to as time goes on and needs change. The more detailed the plan is, the more likely it is to be helpful during a variety of negative situations and events, should they arise.
Find out all you need to know and more, including downloadable templates, top tips, expert advice and printable checklists!…
Life is full of obstacles. This is certainly true if you struggle with an addiction. The road to recovery from substance use is often long and difficult, and there will be obstacles that all of us will face, some are common and others will be unique to you and your situation. Will you go over, under or around them? Will you stop and give up? Fortunately, life is also full of choices.
These top 5 tips will help you manage obstacles a little easier
Whilst still leaving you in control!…