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.
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.