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Alcohol: Is It Really Harmless Fun?

Alcohol: Is It Really Harmless Fun?

In our everyday lives, the line between what is considered a drug and what isn’t often blurs, especially when it comes to substances we commonly encounter. Alcohol and socialising have gone hand-in-hand for centuries – so much so that it is easy to forget that alcohol is a drug. Understanding alcohol in the context of being a dangerous drug is crucial for recognising the risks associated with its consumption, raising awareness as to alcohol’s potential for harm and addiction and challenging...

12 Step Programmes: A Pathway to a Lasting Recovery

12 Step Programmes: A Pathway to a Lasting Recovery

It is rare to find a place in the world, where there is as much courage, vulnerability, acceptance, and honesty as in a 12 Step fellowship meeting. Originating from Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) in the 1930s, the 12 Step recovery programme has been adapted for various types of addiction including drugs, gambling, sex, eating disorders, gaming, prescription medication, and other process addiction. It has helped countless individuals achieve and maintain sobriety. The 12 Step programme has been a...

Breaking the Cycle of Co-dependency

Breaking the Cycle of Co-dependency

“I wish I had known that I was a co-dependent and that my co-dependent nature was learnt from my upbringing. Reason being is because growing up and up until finding recovery my happiness relied on someone else’s happiness. If someone was not happy then I was not happy so I felt like it was my job to make them happy. Recovery gave me a chance to change that nature. I didn’t know I was a people pleaser and looking back I can see it meant that a lot of the time I was doing things I didn’t want to...

Addiction Unmasked: Separating Fact From Fiction

Addiction Unmasked: Separating Fact From Fiction

Addiction. The word alone often conjures up thoughts of weakness, lack of willpower, or moral failure. For many, it remains a misunderstood and stigmatised illness, cloaked in myths that get in the way of our ability to address it healthily. However, despite growing awareness and advances in medical science, misconceptions about addiction persist. These misconceptions do more harm than good – they fuel stigma, hinder effective treatment, and perpetuate the misinformed perceptions surrounding...

Surrender to Win – The Great Paradox of Addiction

Surrender to Win – The Great Paradox of Addiction

“If I look back, the biggest thing that I regret is not surrendering sooner. It dragged the misery out for years. My family suffered. That iciness still weighed me down because I was so scared to try something that I knew nothing about, I had judged it so I kicked against it. At one point, I reached a place where I fundamentally knew that it was time to change – that point was when I felt the most lonely, hopeless, insecure, scared, guilty, and angry, all at once. After making that decision to...

Building Bridges: The Role of Halfway Houses in Community Integration

Building Bridges: The Role of Halfway Houses in Community Integration

Halfway houses are vital in the continuum of care, providing a supportive and structured environment for individuals transitioning from treatment facilities back into society. At our facility, we focus on empowering residents through a combination of personalized support, community engagement, and skill development. Our approach emphasizes the importance of stable housing as a foundation for recovery. Residents are encouraged to participate in various programs that enhance life skills, such as...

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