We often consider drug problems to be an issue for young people. After all, it’s meant to be the time of life when we experiment with new things and make the mistakes that adults avoid. That is why it may come as a surprise then that official drug statistics in Scotland suggest otherwise. A recent report published by the Scottish Drugs Forum (SDF) stated that more than half of the country’s 61,500 problem drug users were aged over 35. The result of Scotland’s drug problem is that the NHS in Scotland is struggling to cope.
When you suspect that your son is addicted to drugs, it’s difficult to know how to respond. Will shouting at them help? Should you call the police? Should you just ignore the situation and hope it’s a passing phase?
We believe that ignoring the situation is the wrong thing to do. Help is available and we can provide it to you and your addicted son. Whilst there is no one solution for every situation, there are steps you can take to start his recovery.
If your daughter is addicted to drugs, it is important that you are empathetic to the challenges she faces and try to help with an open mind by understanding as much as you can. It is difficult for anyone to see a family member struggling with addiction, but as a parent, witnessing your child suffering is incredibly painful. In this blog post, we explain the different ways in which you can help your daughter that is addicted to drugs get onto the path towards recovery.
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.
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.
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.