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.
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.
How do you know if you are showing signs of alcoholism? It is often the person with the drinking issue that is the last person to face up to this reality – often when it is too late to stop without help. Read on to find out more about some of the common symptoms of alcoholism and the best ways to get advice and help.
Helping a loved one to overcome their addiction to alcohol or drugs can be frustrating, lonely and exhausting, but support for the family is widely available and encouraged. Port of Call explains how to help an addict by helping yourself.
Addiction is something most families never consider they will have to battle, until it happens to them. Losing that battle is even more unthinkable, as Lisa Cote Johns knows. She has channelled her loss, grief and heartbreak to help others avoid the same fate.
Community Speaks Out co-founder, Lisa Cote Johns is the driving force behind the US-based organisation that believes that families in crisis due to addiction need the support of their community and aims to provide that support. Lisa is driven by the death of her son, Christopher, who lost his battle with heroin addiction and now helps families and their loved ones who are dealing with heroin addiction. Her mission is to work towards preventing others from having to suffer a terrible loss like hers. Though her story unfolds in Connecticut, it could just as well have happened in any town or city here in the UK.
Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is painful and can lead to feelings of anger, frustration, worry and isolation. Recovery from addiction is rarely done alone. Therefore, the help and support of friends and family is vital to successful recovery. This is especially true if your loved one is in denial about their addiction. Which is where an intervention, organised by Port of Call, can prove invaluable.
Communication is one of the best support mechanisms when recovering from addiction. Building relationships, and having people to turn to when in recovery, can help overcome the feelings of isolation and loneliness often associated with addiction. In an age where the internet is easily accessed, many people look for this communication online. This is known as internet recovery and can take the form of online rehab programmes, forums and blogs.
It’s estimated that 25 percent of young people under the age of 18 are exposed to alcohol abuse or dependence in the family. Research shows that if you are a child with drug addicted parents you are more likely to develop depression or anxiety in adolescence and use alcohol or other drugs in later life. The impact of parental drug and alcohol abuse on a child can lead to lifelong problems if the child or teen doesn’t get the right help and support. Read on to find out where and how to get help for a child with drug addicted parents.