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More 50-65 Year-Olds Using Drugs Then Ever Before

elderly drug usersNew research has tackled the previously unstudied field of how the older generations in UK society use illegal drugs. The results indicate that the percentages of older people using drugs is increasing significantly.When the topic of alcohol and drug use in UK society arises the media tend to focus on younger people. Club drugs, binge-drinking and the availability of legal highs seem to be the most popular topics addressed by journalists and politicians. Rightly or wrongly, these substances and the behaviours that accompany their use and abuse are framed as activities undertaken by younger generations (those under the age of thirty). Rarely are we made aware of how the older generations use intoxicating products. Drug use, it would appear, is a young person’s pass-time.

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Prescription Drug Abuse on the Rise

prescription abuseMost are aware of the dangers of drugs such as heroin or cocaine. They are illegal and rightly so due to the damage they cause and their complete lack of medical utility. Yet certain prescription drugs are necessary for doctors and patients can also lead to addiction if abused. The rise of prescription drug abuse is a growing problem.Drugs, both legal and illegal, are prevalent in modern society. Due to educational initiatives most, if not all of us are aware of the dangers that are involved with using illegal substances. Alongside the physical and mental damage that can result in drug use there is also the looming spectre of addiction. Decades ago the UK government took action and in an act of Parliament known as the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 classified drugs into three different groups, A,B and C.  Class A drugs, which carry the highest penalty, include substances such as heroin and cocaine. The penalties decrease in severity from A to B and from B to C.

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Helping Others Can Help Teens Beat Their Own Addictions

A new study has found that teenagers recovering from drug and alcohol problems who actively help others that are struggling with addiction are much less likely to fall back into drug use themselves. This new altruistic form of treatment, tied closely to the 12 step program, has had great success in preventing relapse.

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Seeing the Signs of Alcoholism

Recognizing the signs of alcoholism can be a difficult task for both the sufferer and their family and friends. Much of this is due to alcohol's accepted position within society. If you suspect that either yourself, or someone you care about are struggling with alcohol addiction there are certain signs to look out for.

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Long Term Maintenance Shunned

Recovery from an addiction is a tough, long term process. A main concern of those who study addiction is that a user could replace an addiction to an illegal drug with an addiction to one prescribed as an alternative aid. It has become clear that to truly end an addiction a number of treatments must be utilized alongside medication.

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Friends and Family of Gambling Addicts

support for relatives of gambling addictsContinuing on from our latest blog on the issue of problem gambling and gambling addiction, let us turn our attention to those who involuntarily suffer the consequences of this serious addiction; the family members. While all addictions come to affect the emotional wellbeing of family members, perhaps this is particularly so where gambling addiction is concerned. The secrecy that has enabled the behaviours to continue past the point of rectifiable financial damage leaves not just the gambling addict, but the entire family in a vulnerable position. Conflicting feelings may arise, as resentment builds towards your loved one, for having stolen, deceived, and manipulated, and while part of you may want shame the gambler, when a gambler is feeling hopeless the risk of suicide is high. This is why it is important to explore how you, as a family member, can make positive choices for yourself, and balance encouraging your loved one to get help, without losing yourself in the process?

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A ‘Me’ Day

A day without any should attached to itWhen was the last time you did something purely for you? Something that did not have any ‘should’ attached to the action, -but something you did just because you take enjoyment out of it. When in recovery from an addiction or eating disorder, it may seem as if many things are suddenly surrounded by rules and it is easy to feel overwhelmed with the countless well-meaning tips and pieces of advice that we obtain in the recovery communities. We are by no means urging you to turn your back on these, rather the invitation is to reflect for a moment, whether you manage to still have fun and enjoy yourself in your life-long commitment to sobriety. After all, many of the things that surrounded an alcohol or drug addiction, may on some level have felt fun, while for others there was no fun derived from these addictive behaviours, which is why sober life deserves to be enriched by a sense of connection, fun and light-heartedness.

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Social Anxiety & Alcohol Addiction Treatment

Alcohol Addiction TreatmentThe challenge is that, initially, using alcohol to manage social anxiety does seem to work. However, as the body and mind start to tolerate the use of alcohol more and more is needed to obtain the same effects and so a physical and psychological dependency develops that can easily lead to alcohol addiction and thus the requirement for alcohol addiction treatment.

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Mindfulness

 

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When was the last time you truly noticed the feel of the water on your body whilst taking a shower? Or really savoured your food, noticing the many flavours and the various textures? For most of us, the majority of our daily tasks are carried out without any noticing of the sensory richness of these, somewhat mundane tasks. For many, food is consumed in front of the TV or computer, or on the go, - and the shower routine has become the ideal place to plan the day ahead, think about meetings, or daydream. On reflection the answer that comes up for many of us is that we rarely truly notice and pay attention. The implication of living a life on autopilot, busy entertaining thoughts concerning the future or the past, is that we may never be where we actually are.

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Commitment to Recovery

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Commitment to yourself and your recovery is vitally important, as breaking that commitment can lead to self-loathing, loss of trust and the conviction in yourself.

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