September 28, 2017

Stress management requires people to take focused inventory of internal and external factors impacting one’s life. There are warning signs of stress which are helpful to know so that a person can cope better with stress to avoid relapse in recovery.


September 26, 2017

Many different rehab programmes and treatment centres offer group therapy in addition to individual counselling for addiction treatment. While some may offer variation in treatment, group therapy has proven to be quite effective for many reasons. Group therapy is a safe space where people can come out of personal shells and feel free of judgement. Many other reasons exist to try group therapy as a key to success in recovery from addiction.


September 25, 2017

Mindfulness is the practice of awareness. In addiction treatment, the practice of mindfulness helps people pay attention to cravings and leads a person to realise which thoughts, emotion and body sensations make up cravings. Aside from cravings and impulse control, mindfulness therapy can also help in other aspects of addiction recovery.


September 22, 2017

Many different options exist in drug rehab treatment including a residential treatment programme, behavioural therapy and alternative therapies including work with horses. Learn why equine therapy is beneficial for people seeking help with addiction.


September 21, 2017

Gambling can be fun and relaxing. However, for some people gambling can become an addiction. Of all addictions and dependencies, excessive gambling has one of the highest rates of suicide. Gambling addiction can also cause an array of physical and mental health problems.

September 20, 2017

If your friend or family member has gone into treatment for a drug or alcohol problem, you’re probably quite happy and relieved. It can be heartbreaking to watch a loved one struggle with addiction and all the misery it brings.

September 20, 2017

We get the invitation: A co-worker is retiring, and there’s a send off at the local restaurant/bar. Or, an old friend is flying in from out of town, and the gang is planning a welcome-home party. Though we know there’ll be alcohol or drugs at these gatherings, we’re sure we won’t be tempted to partake.

When we get there, we’re greeted by laughter and booze. Everyone is having a great time, and we find ourselves loosening up. “Just one drink couldn’t hurt,” we think. Just one line. Just one hit. Just one.

September 18, 2017

Human beings are pleasure-seeking creatures: We chase after food, drink, and activities that make us feel good, and we seek to repeat that behavior. While this pleasure-seeking behavior is at the core of our evolutionary survival, it can also threaten our very existence when it runs amok. Such is the case with drug or alcohol addiction.

September 18, 2017

Addiction is classified as a medical disease, just as asthma and diabetes are diseases. However, society has long treated addiction in a much more negative light than other diseases. Even when conditions such as cancer and hypertension result from habits like smoking cigarettes or eating a salt-rich diet, we treat the disease without judging the patient. Not so with addiction: Society often views addicts and alcoholics with disdain, blaming them for not having the strength or the willpower to quit.

September 18, 2017

Vitamins are extremely important for safe alcohol withdrawal. Thiamine is just one of the vitamins in which many alcoholics are deficient. Even former drinkers should get their thiamine levels tested.