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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
22nd August 2013

Life without Addiction

Life without Addiction If you are reading this, then it is likely that you have made the decision to address your addiction and have come to realise that you need professional help and support to achieve the recovery you deserve. Ask yourself some key questions: Are you ready to give […]
17th July 2013

Acceptance in Early Recovery

In jargon used by the members of twelve step programs. The term ‘acceptance’ is a key concept in being able to recognise the problem. The addict has with substance abuse, addiction and admission of the problem. As a principle acceptance in early recovery denotes the necessity to acknowledge their situation […]
15th July 2013

The First 30 Days of Recovery

The first 30 days of recovery are known to be the most strenuous and difficult of all. This is because you are at the infancy of sobriety. The addict does not yet have the experience and know how to change the path of their energy, away from their addiction towards […]
11th July 2013

Alcohol Addiction and Recovery

Alcohol addiction affects us all at some point in our lives and manifests itself through a number of different ways. It affects all walks of life from aristocratic billionaires to the homeless. The addict no matter how hard they try is unable to avoid the misgivings of addiction. Some people […]
3rd June 2013


When in recovery for substance abuse, every addict will be scared of relapsing. The definition of relapse is “to fall or slide back into a former state”. For recovering addicts this means abusing drugs or alcohol again. Although relapse in not desirable, it does not mean you have failed. Falling […]
28th April 2013

More on recovery

No one is perfect which, put another way, means that we all have defects of character. For alcoholics, it is particularly important that we identify these defects and set about working on them in our recovery. As they could lead us down a slippery slope to relapse – which could […]
27th April 2013

Fears associated with recovery

  There are certain ‘big ticket items’ that have improved immeasurably since I got into recovery. Many of these will be identifiable by other recovering alcoholics, that can identify with fears. Fears First, although outwardly a confident person, I was actually quite fearful by the end of my drinking and […]
26th April 2013

Recovery and the Spiritual Dilemma

Many of us who drink too much have an ongoing fear about the physical damage we are doing to our bodies,not so much about the spiritual dilemma we face to enable recovery. We worry about the obvious – liver failure – and have a morbid fascination with the high profile […]
20th February 2013

Recovery is about discovery

Recovery is about discovery – discovery about yourself. If you go into treatment then you will learn a lot about yourself in a very short time. That is one of the reasons why people who go into treatment have a greater chance of getting a firm recovery than those who […]
30th December 2012

Different Kinds of AA Meetings

For many people in recovery, going to different kinds of AA meetings regularly becomes part of their life. Some people generally love doing this; for others it is a bit like taking medicine in order to stay well. Some meetings will be light hearted and enjoyable; others on occasions heavy […]
26th December 2012

Avoid the triggers in recovery

  It is wise to avoid the triggers in recovery that can send us back to drink or drugs. It has usually been quite a hard path to get clean and sober and to go through the withdrawals and detox but so many of us time and again having gone […]
23rd November 2012

Easy does it!

If you go to an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, you will probably see displayed somewhere the slogan ‘Easy does It’. Why? Many of us alcoholics – and I am a prime example – find it very difficult to give up our addiction. Many of us are workaholics too. Easy Does It […]
31st August 2012

Addiction is expensive but recovery is free

Addiction is expensive We all pay a very high price to get into recovery. Addiction is an expensive illness and I have heard many people say that their addiction has cost them millions of pounds. The financial costs are incurred from the actual costs of the alcohol or drugs; the […]