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If habits and behaviour – such as drug use and drinking – come to dominate your daily life and you find yourself powerless to stop the chaos, then it is very likely that you are suffering from an active addiction. We can help you with detox and other treatment for all manner of problems: from drug abuse, alcoholism, and gambling addiction, to sex, pornography and internet addiction, to prescription drugs, food, or shopping addiction, and more besides…

Addictions recovery is Just Phone a call away

Most people think that Addictions UK only work with people with Drug and Alcohol Addictions. In fact, we work with people who urgently need help with many other addictions. There are for more addiction problems than just drug and alcohol issues.

We have a mixed group of clients and we have direct experience in working with people with addictions with:
” Pornography
” Sex and Love,
” Shopping,
” Shop-Lifting,
” Gambling,
” Internet,
” Food (including Sugar) and various eating disorders.
” Exercise

We work in similar ways across all addiction problems – Our core methods include

(i) Teaching, Coaching and Counselling clients to follow an abstinence-based recovery programme. We actively support both the addict and carer 24/7 by offering our Home- based Treatments which are affordable, effective and confidential. Addicts are just a phone call away from addiction recovery with Addictions UK’s services.

Daily treatment sessions and access to the Addictions UK 24/7 Helpline are a vital service to both clients and their carers. It is always the first time that we give in to our addictions that cause us the problems. If we can avoid the first time that we pick up our habit – then we have a good chance of learning coping measures to abstaining from our addiction.

Further information on these services – please contact us via our website – or telephone 0845 4567 030

Our Treatment Staff are all in recovery

The training of our Addiction Treatment Workers is very important – we insist that all Addictions UK staff have relevant Further and Higher Education in subjects that include Counselling, Coaching, CBT and Addictions issues generally. We also require them to have a good knowledge of the 12 – Steps. A combination of these methods can have a very positive result – hence our success record is very good.

The most important qualification we look for when appointing our staff is their ability and potential for them to train, embrace new ideas and whether they have had personal experiences of addictions themselves. Candidates should have good long term clean time / sobriety. This personal experiences of addiction is often invaluable.

Our clients identify easily with staff members because they can offer such a good mix of skills, It is much harder for clients “to kid a kidder” as I was once told! Sadly more emphasis is now invested in harm reduction services than ever before – and those recovering addicts that want to participate in an abstinence programme cannot find enough placements to work.

It is a long term ambition for Addictions UK to recruit and to employ some of our former clients in years to come. That is definitely our goal!

Yes … Addiction Treatment can continue on Holiday !

Today, I have worked with two clients today who are away from home and on holiday with their families. The weather is marvellous here and I hope that they too are enjoying the sunshine and having fun. Things get much better when we do not drink (alcoholically) even in early sobriety. Sadly though our recovery must come first – we ignore at our peril the need to practice our recovery every day.

Our methods of treating clients allow us to continue working together and to address the various mental obsessions that make us give into our addiction. Holiday time can be a stressful experience and we use our best endeavours to keep in contact and to work with clients during this time of risk.

The flexibility of our treatment programme allows us to support clients through holiday time for the whole family. Our 24/7 help line is always available and can be accessed from within the UK and internationally. Remember you are just a phone call away from addictions recovery. Telephone us on 0845 4567 030

Addictions UK Help for the Carers of Addicts and Alcoholics

Addictions UK provides free help and assistance to the friends and families of our clients. We recognise the importance of providing help and daily support to the immediate friends of family members of clients who are seeking recovery. The unmanageable behaviour of the addict or alcoholics can cause havoc in families. Unhappiness, uncertainty and worry are well known feelings to those trying to care for their loved ones.

Sometimes families and friends gain comfort being reminded that “They did not cause the problems, they cannot cure the problems and they cannot control their loved one’s addiction.” The Addictions UK dedicated team of counsellors and therapy workers who work exclusively with our clients’ carers support them through this issue and we find that this assistance helps to prevent the family getting in the way of the addicts recovery. It is also very comforting having 24/7 support at the end of the telephone.

Here is a reading used by Families Anonymous which many people have found very supportive. For more information on Families Anonymous telephone 0845 1200 660

“My role as helper is not to do things for the person I am trying to help, but to be things; not to try and control and change his actions but through understanding and awareness to change my reactions. I will change my negatives to positives; fear to faith; contempt for what he does to respect for the potential within him; hostility to understanding; the manipulation and over-protectiveness to release with love, not trying to make him fit a standard or image but giving him an opportunity to pursue his own destiny, regardless of what his choices may be.”

“I will change my dominance to encouragement; Panic to serenity; the inertia of despair to the energy of my own personal growth; and self justification to self understanding.”

“Self-pity blocks effective action. The more I indulge in it, the more I feel that the answer into my problems is a change in others and in society, not in myself. Thus I become a hopeless case.”

“Exhaustion is the result when I use my energy in mulling over the past with regret, or in trying to figure ways to escape a future that has yet to arrive. Projecting an image of the future and anxiously hovering over it, for fear that it will or won’t come true, uses all my energy and leaves me unable to live today. Yet living today is the only way to have a life.”

“I will have no Thoughts for the future actions of others, neither expecting them to be better or worse as time goes on, for in such expectations I am really trying to create. I will love and let be.”

All people are always changing. If I try to judge them, I do so on what I think I know of them, failing to realise that there is much I do not know. I will give others credit for attempts at progress and for having had many victories which are unknown.
I, too, am always changing and I can make that change a constructive one, if I am willing. I can change myself. Others I can only love.