10th January 2019
Addiction Recovery

How Addiction Affects the Mind and Body

How Addiction Affects the Mind and Body In the depths of addiction, we find a vicious cycle of not understanding the affects of addiction on the mind and body. A painful place rarely understood, unless experienced. The only thing I can liken it to, that an average Joe may understand, […]
10th December 2018
Alcoholic Drinking

Living with an Alcoholic

Living with an Alcoholic From my personal experience, living with an alcoholic is somewhat an emotional rollercoaster. On one hand you love that family member who suffers from addiction and on the other, you hate their illness. At times it’s heart-breaking to watch somebody who you love be consumed by […]
19th November 2018

I’m Jane and I’am addicted alcohol

Alcohol Addiction Recovery – Jane’s Story My name is Jane and I am addicted to alcohol. True, I have not had a drink now for 5 years. I now know that if I have just one drink today, within a week I would be drinking round the clock and be […]
9th November 2018

Medical cannabis is now available on prescription

Medical cannabis is now available on prescription Working in a drug and alcohol rehab clinic, I am often asked for my opinion on whether or not this new development is going to be a ‘good thing’ for people’s health. I have to admit, I have a number of concerns about […]
22nd October 2018
Red Wine

The Prevalence of Alcohol and Drug use

How common is it for people to drink and use drugs? There has been a lot of publicity recently about the reduction in the proportion of young people drinking. More than a quarter (27%) of young people aged 16 – 24 years old do not drink at all, compared to […]
16th October 2018

New Workshop for Families of Addicts

New Workshop for Families of Addicts     The Haynes Clinic is delighted to be offering a one-day workshop each month, tailored specifically to help the families of addicted loved ones.   Co-dependency is a learned behaviour that causes sufferers to ignore their own needs. Meanwhile, they can constantly try […]
11th October 2018

Have you ever Experienced a Blackout due to Drinking?

Have you ever Experienced a Blackout due to Drinking? Over the past month there has been a lot of publicity about the appointment of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in the USA. The controversy concerning his appointment was due to an allegation of sexual assault in the early 1980s […]
23rd February 2017

How to best support a recovering alcoholic/addict

How to best support a recovering alcoholic/addict When our clients leave our 12 step clinic, having completed the alcohol rehab treatment programme, they have no reason at all to use again. If they have taken on board what has been said and what they have learned. If they want to […]
23rd February 2017

What is the Success Rate of the Haynes Clinic?

What is the Success Rate of the Haynes Clinic? This is a question I am often asked and understandably people want to know what are the chances of the person coming to drug or alcohol rehab treatment getting and staying well. There are a number of answers I can give. […]
23rd July 2014

Spouses and Partners in Early Recovery

Spouses and Partners in Early Recovery Once in recovery everything has changed and this does not necessarily mean that everything will suddenly come right. Our expectations may be that all will suddenly be fantastic, though. If we have managed to hold on to our relationship by the end of our […]
7th July 2014

Things to Avoid in Early Recovery

Early Recovery – Things to Avoid In early recovery one of the most important things to avoid – if you can – is stress. We drank or used on the basis that we were ‘stressed’. Even those of us with no major traumas in our lives might have drunk to […]
20th June 2014

Dealing with feelings in Early Recovery

Dealing with feelings in Early Recovery Every alcoholic and addict uses alcohol and / or drugs in order to blur or escape from their feelings. We either do not like how we feel or cannot cope with it. Many of us have for years not really ‘felt’ as other ‘normal’ […]
19th June 2014

What is an Addictive Personality

What is an Addictive Personality Addictive personality traits make themselves apparent in a multitude of ways and affect many and varying people. People can have an addictive personality that make them more vulnerable to self-destructive, compulsive behaviours making it easier for them to become addicted to all sorts of things. […]
17th June 2014

Abuse of Over the Counter Medication

Abuse of Over the Counter Medication In the past there was a limit to the substances that could have been abused or experimented with. During the so called ‘hippy’ era marijuana and other hallucinogenic drugs, such as LSD were popularly used. Widening the spectrum of drug abuse. Furthermore, the seventies […]
4th June 2014

Tackling the Problem of Addiction within the Family

Tackling the Problem of Addiction within the Family Parents who have children with addiction often understand that the addiction has taken over their children’s life.  To the point where they are unrecognisable. These parents may have had to resort to legal help to forcibly remove their child from the home […]
13th May 2014

Alcoholism: The Progression

Alcoholism: The Progression For almost everyone, their first drink tastes disgusting and takes a long time to get down. My first drink was bought for me by my brother and sister. As a 13 year old, we were all out at a young person’s do and there was a bar. […]
13th January 2014

Crack Addiction and Treatment

Crack Addiction and Treatment The problem with crack as a drug and this addiction to it, is changing and developing in the UK. This ultimately leads to greater health and social problems which can challenge and destabilise society. According to the British Crime Survey (2003-2004), since 2001 the use of […]
31st December 2013

What are the common issues for alcoholics and addicts?

Being in active addiction, we have many common problems in our lives. Not all of these apply to every person in active addiction, but the common issues for alcoholics and addicts are that we lie a lot; do not show any real interest in things around us;  have eating issues;  […]
11th December 2013

What is an Addictive Personality

People who have an addictive personality, could be suffering with one of the following addictions, alcohol, illegal drugs or prescription medication.  A significant number present with a dual addiction such as alcohol and cocaine. Whatever the substance we treat the addictive personality in therapy rather than focusing on the substance […]
9th December 2013

Addicted to Cocaine

Being addicted to cocaine can be very abusive on the body. Once having tried cocaine, the person cannot predict or control the extent to which they will continue to use the drug. The major routes of administration of cocaine are sniffing or snorting, injecting, and smoking (including free-base and crack […]
23rd October 2013

How Cocaine Addiction Destroys The Family

Although the cocaine addict doesn’t intend to draw everyone into their addiction, they do.  Cocaine is one of the most rampant addictions in today’s society and it is also one of the hardest addictions to break.  People start out with it innocently enough; say, at a party, but then it […]
22nd October 2013

The Twelve Step Programme Works

I woke up with the police in my living room and my two year old son running around – not knowing how I got there again.  My thirteen year old daughter was on her way home from school and was greeted by an ambulance and two police cars outside our […]
15th October 2013

Alcohol and Liver Disease

Alcohol and Liver Disease Consuming alcohol over the recommended amount of units may lead to liver disease. Excessive alcohol intake over a prolonged period of time leads to an even higher risk of liver diseases such as fatty liver, hepatitis and cirrhosis. This, in turn, can lead to liver failure […]
10th October 2013

Relapse – Just One Drink – Beware!

Relapse – Just One Drink – Beware! After I had completed my treatment, I felt good. I left The Haynes Clinic and felt it was time to start work again. I found some work in London and was attending AA meetings 3 times a week. Life was good and I […]