What should you do when you can see the signs of an alcoholic manifest themselves in an employee? Helping a co-worker requires diplomacy and tact. One of the biggest issues is that your colleague may be in denial about the problem. In this blog, we discuss how to spot alcoholism at work and how to approach the issue.
The drug Spice has been on the rise and causing waves of damage across the UK. There has been a huge increase in the drug’s use in Manchester and has resulted in violent bouts of vomiting, numerous hospital trips and, in some cases, fatalities. The Mirror reported that synthetic marijuana, Spice is transforming city centres into ‘real-life horror movies’ with users stumbling around, completely unaware of their surroundings. In this blog, we discuss what the Spice drug is and the effects it has on the body and mind.
The road to recovery from addiction is a challenging one, made harder through commonly associated feelings of isolation and loneliness. Sharing our experience not only contradicts these feelings but forges connections with others which can be both inspiring and life-affirming. Since the internet is so accessible, a great way to share is through online means such as forums and top blogs about drug addiction as part of online rehab programmes, also known as internet recovery.
Are you seeking drug addiction support for you or a loved one? Finding the right drug rehab centre can more often than not become a daunting task. At Port of Call, we want to make the whole process as easy as possible. So we have compiled a five-step guide to finding a suitable rehab treatment centre just for you.
One of the most challenging situations in any marriage can be when one spouse is battling an addiction to alcohol. From the feelings of powerlessness a spouse might feel while their partner is actively abusing alcohol through to the odd combination of hope and anger that arises when a spouse finally enters drug rehab, there is no easy path or solution to deal with this kind of scenario. With the persistent threat of relapse hanging over a marriage or partnership, the emotional roller coaster created by living with an alcoholic spouse can continue for many years. If you, or someone close to you, is experiencing this kind of situation and needs help, then read on to find out more about how to support an alcoholic spouse in recovery.
Facing up to your addiction and dealing with the physical symptoms is only the start of the rehabilitation process. The majority of drug addictions involve an initial phase of detoxification, but this is only the beginning of your recovery journey. Whilst this detox stage is designed to remove all traces of drugs from your body, what happens when this phase of treatment is complete? The importance of drug counselling and the benefits it brings to recovery cannot be underestimated. Having that crucial engagement with a drugs counsellor, giving you, or a loved one, time to talk through personal triggers, issues and feelings can be hugely beneficial and can really make a difference to maintaining your recovery in the outside world.
Coping with drug addiction in the family can have an effect on everyone concerned. Living with an addict can be exhausting and family members are often torn between what to do with a drug addicted family member and how to avoid being sucked into the addict’s world themselves. In our informative and supportive blog, we look at how to cope with drug addiction in the family and how to treat a drug addict family member.
Facing up to the truth of addiction is tough. All too often the denial of a situation can prolong the need to confront an issue. At Port of Call, we talk to lots of people who are locked into this kind of vicious circle of addiction and denial. Refusing to acknowledge that you have an addiction is not uncommon and denial in addiction is very common. Read our blog to find out more about how this cycle of denial must be broken in order to fully engage with your recovery.
If your boyfriend is struggling with a drug addiction, it is natural to want to help him. But it is important to realise that you cannot force him to recover or to seek help – he has to want to do this for himself. However, there are some things you can do to encourage him to want to do so. In this blog, we look at how to help a drug addict boyfriend and what you can do to get support and advice to cope.
Escapism, peer pressure or wanting to experiment are all common reasons why a person might decide to use drugs or alcohol. The vast majority of people who use drugs or alcohol are able to stop using relatively easily. However, about 5-10% of people who use drugs recreationally go on to show signs of dependency. This is when their ability to control their use of the substance (including alcohol) becomes impaired, which is known as addiction.