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 […]
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 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 […]
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 […]
7th October 2013

Losing Control of my Drinking

Losing Control of my Drinking What came first? Drinking too much so that my life fell apart? Or my life falling apart and then I drank too much? The truth is probably that both these things happened. My heavy drinking was at least part responsible for my relationship with my […]
4th October 2013

How did Treatment in Rehab Help Me?

How did Treatment in Rehab Help Me? In December 2010 I arrived to treatment Haynes Clinic for professional help with my addiction to Alcohol and Drugs (cocaine). I could no longer live the life I was living. I needed help! Running Away From my Inner Self I was running away […]
2nd October 2013

At What Age can People Start to Drink Alcoholically?

At What Age can People Start to Drink Alcoholically? As a teenager, I was not known for being a heavy drinker. I had my first alcoholic drink at the age of 13 when my sister and brother decided to give me a vodka and lime rather than the lemonade and […]
20th September 2013

The Personal Experience of a Functioning Alcoholic

The Personal Experience of a Functioning Alcoholic How can I be an alcoholic? That is what I said to my girlfriend when a woman I knew from my teens died of liver disease. She was the same age as me – 33 at the time. “Don’t tar me with the […]
6th September 2013

NHS Alcohol Use Statistics

NHS Alcohol Use Statistics The latest alcohol statistics report (Health & Social Care Information Centre, 2011) that in England, in 2009, 69% of men and 55% of women (aged 16 and over) consumed an alcoholic drink on at least one day in the previous week with 10% of men and […]
5th September 2013

Alcohol and Depression

Alcohol and Depression DO I DRINK BECAUSE I AM DEPRESSED? OR AM I DEPRESSED BECAUSE I DRINK? It is generally perceived that someone who drinks too much is a weak willed person. While someone who suffers from depression is suffering from an illness. So a person who drinks excessively and […]
19th August 2013

What is an Addiction?

What is an Addiction? An addiction is something that people often find difficult to define, but can generally be thought of as a dependence upon a substance or behavior. Many people are surprised to hear however that an addiction is actually a disease. Many people find this concept a beautifully […]
16th August 2013

Why do we need to ask for help?

Why do we need to ask for help? Even the most fearsome warriors in battle often must concede defeat and call for help. Without it they might not be the success that they are and ultimately it can save their life. This is also true of addiction, having the bravery […]
14th August 2013

Accepting the Truth

Accepting the Truth The hardest truth for an addict to grasp is that they are in fact an addict. Just as someone cannot be made to drink or made to be sober an addict cannot be made to believe that he or she has a problem. If it is not […]
29th July 2013

Interventions and Getting Past the Denial

Interventions and Getting Past the Denial Many people who find themselves in a position where a loved one does not believe that they have a problem with drugs or alcohol. It is an innately awkward position to find oneself in. The most important thing is to make sure that it […]
4th February 2013

The Thirteenth Step

The Thirteenth Step When I first heard the term ‘The Thirteenth Step’ I had no idea what it meant. It had to be explained to me that the thirteenth step is when someone in recovery preys on someone new and wants a sexual relationship. ‘Thirteenth Steppers’ make a habit of […]
3rd February 2013

Stick with the Same Sex

Stick with the Same Sex In your early days in recovery meetings, it is advisable to make friends only with members of the same sex as you. This might go against the grain in some way. Especially if you have always been good friends with the opposite sex and naturally […]
27th April 2012

Addiction is Painful

Addiction is Painful Pain is the root of knowledge. So says the reading in ‘Each Day A New Beginning’. I firmly believe that it is through painful experiences that we grow as people. As Gordon Lawrie frequently says (Clinical Director here at The Haynes Clinic) ‘what doesn’t kill you makes […]
5th September 2011

Families and Addiction

Families and Addiction The expression ‘elephant in the room’ is used in many families. However when addiction creeps into a family the ‘elephant’ becomes larger and more powerful. Families attempt to ignore (deny) its existence. They walk around it, fearing to name it in order to avoid sudden and inexplicable […]