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Life Works Eating Disorder Programme

Life Works Eating Disorder Programme

To offer you an insight into Eating Disorder treatment at Life Works, we have laid out our Eating Disorder Treatment Programme below. If you are worried about a loved one, read through our guide to the symptoms of the different eating disorders.

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The true cost of taking drugs

The true cost of taking drugs
  • Marked increase in young people who have developed depressive and anxiety disorders as a result of drug use
  • 25% of chronic paranoid psychoses is marijuana-induced
  • Young people focus on the short-term physical effects of drugs
  • This is at the expense of understanding the long-term effects of drug use on mental health
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Surviving Christmas With An Addiction To Drugs Or Alcohol

b2ap3_thumbnail_christmas-depression_20151221-103959_1.jpgPeople in recovery from drug or alcohol addiction often struggle over the holidays. It can feel like everything and everyone is pushing you to use. Life Works mental health professionals understand this and so we have put together a little list of do's and dont's for the holidays. This list is by no means comprehensive but it does give you some groundrules for staying sober this Christmas. Remember one of, if not the most important rule is do not isolate yourself. Isoaltion feeds addiction so locking yourself away during the Christmas season is not nesisarily the best option for recovery. If you would like to learn more about recovery check out the infographic. If you need addiction help please contact us today. 

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Reasons To Stay Sober This Holiday Season

alcohol addiction recovery at Christmas Christmas can be a very tempting time for alcoholics in recovery. There are drinks everywhere and for someone newly on the wagon, it may seen like the only way to celebrate is with alcohol. With that in mind, we put together a list of reasons not to drink. This is a basic list but it is a good start and an excelent motivational tool. Check out our list and then make your own. Look at all the reasons you have to stay sober, write them down and keep that list with you. When you are really struggling, sometimes seeing what you are fighting for can give you the strength you need to stay alcohol free. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction please contact Life Works for help. Have a merry Christmas from all of us at Life Works. 

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Surviving Christmas With An Eating Disorder Infographic

eating disorder helpEating disorders are some of the most difficult mental illnesses to treat simply because those in recovery can not avoide their triggers. Alcoholics can avoide drink, drug addicts can find places free of narcotics but everyone has to eat. With so much food available at the holidays, that can make recovering from an eating disorder very difficult. With that in mind, The counsellors at Life Works have some simple tips that can help people suffering from an ED get through the holidays safely and happily. While these are not a guarantee of success, following these 10 steps will give you the edge you need to stay in recovery and enjoy the holidays. If you need help with your ED please visit Life Works Eating Disorder Treatment Page

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Dealing With Depression During Christmas

depression infographicDepression during the holidays can be a terrible burden to carry but it is important to understand that you are not alone. Depression affects millions of people and knowing this can make people suffering from this mental illness feel at least some reliefe. In order to better understand depression, Life Works has created this infographic. It will help you understand who depression affects, when it is likely to strike and what can bring it on. If you are suffering from depression, make sure you speak to your doctor about the problem and get help. You can recover and Life Works can help. If you would like to know more about our depression treatment, please contact us today

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List Of Websites To Help You Stay Sober

3485581Cutting down and stopping drinking is often just the beginning, and most people will need some degree of help to stay alcohol-free in the long term.

We have created a List of useful websites which give you more information on how you can stay sober and stay on the path to recovery.

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Life Works Joins The Priory

An open letter from Chris Cordell, Life Works Hospital Director,

As a valued supporter of Life Works you know yourself that Life Works has been a leading provider of addiction and behavioural health care in the UK for the past 10 years. During this time we have gone from strength to strength, building on our dedication to recovery, our excellent clinical model, our impressive outcomes and the high value we put on our relationship with the recovery community, alumni and our referrers.

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Understanding Alcohol Addiction Through Quotes

alcohol addiction quotesLife Works has compiled a list of some of the best quotes describing alcohol addiction, alcohol addicts and the challenges faced by someone with a drinking problem. Please feel free to share your own favourite alcohol addiction related quotes with us on Facebook. If you are struggling with alcohol addiction, you can contact us for help today. 

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Drinking Myths Debunked

alcohol mythsAlcohol is a curious thing. Millions of people drink it, it is a billion dollar industry and we have a wealth of scientific studies about it, yet it is still surrounded by persistant myths. To help bust some of those myths, we have created an infographic showing the myths and realities of alcohol. If you would like to know more about alcohol, please check out our alcohol knowledge centre

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Wealthy Middle Class Have Serious Drink Problem

alcohol and over 50sWealthy middle class people over 50 have a serious drinking problem according to new research. A study has found that men and women who have done well in their careers and are over 50 drink far more than the recommended guidelines.

The study looked at 9,000 people over 60 years old and found that men and women with good educations, high salaries and children who had left home were significantly more likely to drink dangerously. Men in this group drank an average of 21 units per week and women drank 14 units per week. That works out to nine pints of beer and one and a half bottles of wine respectively.

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How To Say No To Alcohol

Say no to alcoholAlcohol seems to be a part of everyday life for many people. That means giving it up can be very difficult. While alcoholics may go to a rehabilitation centre or seek help from a group like AA, there is less help for people who just want to cut back or choose to stop drinking for personal reasons. People may decide to stop drinking to loose weight, because of health concerns or simply because they want to try doing without for a time. In any case, giving up alcohol may feel like you are giving up your social life.

With that in mind, Life Works has compiled a quick guide to help you turn down alcohol without damaging your social life. Bellow are 5 easy tips to help you avoid temptation and get the support you need. If you would like professional help cutting back on your drinking, please contact Life Works today. 

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Blue Eyes Cause Alcohol Risk

blue eyes and alcohol A new study from the University of Vermont shows that people with blue eyes are more likely to become alcohol addicts.

The study looked at more than 1,263 Americans of European decent and found that those with blue eyes were most likely to develop an alcohol addiction. This research came on the heels of a study showing that people with light coloured eyes drink more on average than their darker eyed counterparts.

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Social Media Fights Drinking

teen drinkingThe majority of British teenagers say alcohol does not play an important role in their social lives according to a new report. The research shows that two thirds of British teens have little interest in alcohol and nearly one fifth of those do not drink at all.

The reason for this shift in attitudes seems to be, at least in part, due to social media. Nearly 50% of students said they avoided drinking because they feared drunken pictures would end up on social media.

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Safe Summer Drinking Information

safe drinking guideSummer is here and while we know many of our readers abstain from drinking, we wanted to put out some safe drinking guidelines for those of you who do decide to indulge. This is just a quick reference to help you understand how much alcohol you are really drinking. Remember the recommended daily intake for women is 2 to 3 units and for men it is 3 to 4 units. If you would like to learn more about alcohol related harm, check out our knowledge centre

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Former England Cricketer Gives Up Alcohol To Fight Depression

Alcohol and depression in former cricketerFormer England cricket star Andrew Flintoff has said he has quit alcohol because it makes his depression worse.

Flintoff was known for his drinking during the years he played but during an interview on Radio 4, he admitted that alcohol was his way of dealing with the pressure of being the England captain, injuries and trouble on the field.

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Safe Drinking This Summer

alcohol informationHere at Life Works, we know many of our readers choose never to drink. We also understand that many people still enjoy an alcoholic beverage and because of this, we decided to put out a safe summer drinking guide. 

Many of the UK's favourite summer drinks are deceptively alcoholic and it is important to understand how much alcohol you are ingesting and how it will affect you. To help, we have created this infographic outlining how much alcohol is in many of the most popular drinks. Remember the UK government recommends men have no more than 3 to 4 units per day of alcohol and women limit their consumption to 2 to 3 units each day. 

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Life Works Is The Only Outstanding Care Home in Surrey According to the CQC

Life Works CommunityBBC Surrey has reported that half of care homes in Surrey needed improvement or were inadequate. Reports from the CQC show Life Works is the only Surrey based care home to receive the top rating of outstanding in the past 6 months.

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Test Yourself For Depression

depression testIn our final instalment of Mental Health Awareness Week tests, we have a questionnaire used to help diagnose depression.  This test is called the PHQ-9 and is designed to help people recognise the level of their depression.

It is important to understand depression levels because many people suffering from depression withdraw from society rather than seeking help. This makes it harder for them to find treatment and can actually make depression worse.

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Test Yourself For An Eating Disorder

eating disorder testIn today’s instalment of mental health week tests, we will be examining eating disorders. Eating disorders are the most deadly mental illness and one of the most difficult to treat. The longer an eating disorder is left without help, the more engrained it becomes. That means the best way to help someone with an eating disorder is to get them treatment early.

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