The Directors, Staff, Volunteers and everyone connected with Addictions UK’s Home based Addiction Treatment Services offers our clients, former clients, friends and colleagues a Happy and Healthy New Year (2011). We will available to support our clients throughout the New Year break.

Addictions UK is the leading provider of Home-based Addictions Services in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.  You are just a phone call away from Addictions Recovery – (0845 4567 030)

Addictions UK is working throughout the holiday – our Support Line is always open, as usual  …  Please contact us on 0845 4567 030 or info@addictionsuk.com

HAPPY NEW YEAR …

You cannot cure an addiction but you can learn abstinance ‘a day at a time’ . Addictions UK can help you now … You are just a phone call from Addictions Recovery.

The amount of people who tell us that they are going to make a New Year’s Resolution is very large!  Over the holidays the amount of people who have promised that they will never touch their favourite drink or drug has been significant.

Most Addiction Treatment providers and self help groups can teach you how to remain sober and clean on a day to basis by using a variety of methods.   Just stopping suddenly will not insure that you “stay stopped…” but Addictions UK can help you.

If you have decided that you wish to surrender and stop drinking or drug taking contact Addictions UK today or telephone us on 0845 4567 030 (+44 (0)191 4109000 (International) or send us an e-mail to info@addictionsuk.com

Remember – RIOTRECOVERY IS OUT THERE ….

Addictions UK specialises in working with people with addictions problems in rural areas in the UK or in isolated international locations. You are just a phone call away from Addiction Recovery.

Those who live in a rural location will immediately identify with the difficulties of accessing confidential addictions treatment services delivered from within that rural locality. The ability to keep secrets is far harder in a small hamlet than in a major urban conurbation, costs are higher and everything is geared to an urban way of living.

The day-to-day problems of accessing transport, health and social services, education, banks, supermarkets etc are far harder in rural communities than urban equivalents. As such, living costs tend to be higher and choices are limited. Rural poverty can prevent the accessing of many services.

The addictions UK recovery scheme is accessible on a 24 hour basis. The use of the telephone as a delivery method permits the programme to be accessed at a time to suit all clients.  It really works really well – medical services can be offered too – but by traditional means.

Our staff can deliver a personalised one-to-one ‘recovery programme’ into the home of a person who has problems with alcoholism or addictions. The telephone is used to bridge the gap and for us to be able to communicate with you. Thus there will be no person visiting your home, nor will you have to travel to a treatment centre. This programme is ideal for those individuals who live within close-knit communities who require utmost discretion and anonymity. The personalised teaching of the recovery/treatment programme will be complemented by the ongoing coaching element of our delivery method. The service is cheaper to access, is available on a 24 hour basis and is guaranteed to be personalised and confidential.

It is the ability of Addictions UK staff members to form close professional relationships with their clients that makes all the difference. Our staff members are all recovering addicts and alcoholics with good long-term sobriety. They know the difficulties of addiction and have worked through the problems whereby they can abstain from addictive chemicals and behaviour on a day-by-day basis. This scheme works and can make a life saving difference to you.

We can receive referrals from practitioners or direct from individual clients. Additionally, we can offer support to your family members and include them in the process of recovery. If you are committed to your own recovery and can make this treatment programme a priority then you may wish to contact us at Addictionsuk, telephone 0845 4567 030 0r International +44 (0) 191 410 9000 or by sending us an e-mail at info@addictionsuk.com.

Social Networking is now getting more important in the age of new technology. You can now contact us on Twitter.

Do you Twitter?  Do you know what a Tweet is – or do you run a mile at the Thought of communicating with people using this medium.  Addictions UK (or AddictionsUK) is now on Twitter and we can receive and send messages to those of us how use the Internet.

At the moment we cannot see much use or benefit – other than to inform people that we offer a proven home-based Addictions Treatment Service – and that we are quite good at it!  Our name on twitter is Addictionsuk …

It is easy to open a “Twitter” account.  Simply go to www.twitter.com – and fill in a short form.  You will need a name and an Internet connection.  Then you need to “add” your friends” …

You will be able to read tweets that say “Addictions UK is the leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment.  We are affordable, effective and confidential.  We are members of Social Firms UK, and we are here 24 / 7  … We offer 24/7 Home based Addictions Treatment and Home medical detoxes   …  But then you knew that!

Families Anonymous help the friends and families of people with drug problems or associated behavioural issues from using any kind of chemical substance – they work in the same way as Narcotics Anonymous. They do not offer advice but do share strength home and experience amongst their members

When drug addiction enters a family via one of its members, the effect can be devastating. If you have reason to believe or even a vague suspicion that someone close to you may have a drug problem, we know how you feel. We know what it is like to be alone with this problem. We remember the feelings of panic and frustration that resulted from this discovery. Families Anonymous have experienced this too.

Families Anonymous  use first names only, as this is an anonymous programme. No dues or fees are required. The weekly meetings are regularly held throughout the year. Newcomers are welcome without prior arrangements. You will not be urged to participate in the group discussions, but may join in and ask questions if you wish. They do understand how you feel.

Families Anonymous (F.A.) provides support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drug taking. F.A. (the sister organisation of Narcotics Anonymous) believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. They are an international organisation with many support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Families Anonymous is a fellowship of relatives and friends of drug users who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.

How Can It Help You?  The aim of Families Anonymous is to help the family and friends of people with a current, suspected or former drug problem by providing mutual support; and to offer a forum where experiences and anxieties can be shared. In the group members learn to come to terms with the problem that is disrupting their lives. Attending meetings helps members adopt an honest and consistent approach towards the addict. This in turn often brings him/her to realise that he/she needs help to live without drugs. Experience has shown that help for the family and friends means important help for the drug-dependent person.

Families Anonymous Confidential Helpline -please telephone 0845 1200 660   Families Anonymous Helpline calls at the moment are answered on weekdays 1pm – 4pm and 6pm – 10pm and on weekends 2pm – 10pm.  Families Anonymous can also be contacted at:  office@famanon.org.uk   For meetings in the United Kingdom or throughout the world Families Anonymous have provided some excellent links on their website.

Addictions UK suggests to family members and friends of people with drug or drug related behavioural issues that they might well gain help and assistance from this organisation.   It is not for all – but many people find support and fellowship here.  There are UK meetings throughout England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.

Al-Anon Groups help the friends and families anonymously – they work in the same way as Alcoholics Anonymous. They do not offer advice but do share strength home and experience amongst their members

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking. Al-Anon (the sister organisation of Alcoholics Anonymous) believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker. They are an international organisation with over 800 support groups in the UK and Republic of Ireland. Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience in order to solve their common problems.

Addictions UK suggests to family members and friends of alcoholics that they might well gain help and assistance from this organisation.   It is not for all – but many people find support and fellowship here.  There are meetings throughout England Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland.

Al-Anon’s Confidential Helpline -please telephone  020 7403 0888 – Al-Anon is available 10 am – 10 pm, 365 days a year) Fax: 020 7378 9910.      Al-Anon can also be contacted at:  enquiries@al-anonuk.org.uk    For meetings in the United Kingdom or throughout the world Al-non have provided some excellent links on their website.

Al-Anon Family Groups hold regular meetings where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism. Al-Anon does not offer advice or counselling, but members give each other understanding, strength and hope.

Al-Anon – Helpline 020 7403 0888 – for Addictions UK’s  own 24 / 7 carers helpline  – telephone 0845 4567 030

The Directors, Staff, Volunteers and everyone connected with Addictions UK’s Home based Addiction Treatment Services offers our clients, former clients, friends and colleagues a Merry Christmas and a Healthy and Happy New Year.

We will available to support our clients throughout the Christmas and New Year break.

Addictions UK is the leading provider of Home-based Addictions Services in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England.  You are just a phone call away from Addictions Recovery – (0845 4567 030)

Addictions UK is working throughout the holiday – our Support Line is always open, as usual  …  Please contact us on 0845 4567 030 or info@addictionsuk.com

The Serenity Prayer – (God) Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.

Today is Christmas Eve and many of us will be striving for the gift of serenity.  Christmas can a lovely time of years for many families and those people with an element of faith (in the Christian Community).

Many other folk however will be finding it a terrible, stressful and challenging time of year – a fight against commercialism, a battle with the kids not to spend so much cash that it will take for ever to pay off the debts, or a time of sadness as we remember family members not with us.  Some of us will be fighting not to pick up the first drink – thinking “Poor Me, Poor me, Pour me another drink ….”

Staff at Addictions UK will be working throughout the holidays with our clients – we will be reminding both them and ourselves that we must live a day at a time – sometimes an hour at a time.  We will leave the drinking and drugging to others and today we will not pick up our first drink or fix.  It is the first drink or fix that will do the damage.

We will remember the Serenity Prayer (even if we remove the word “God from the prayer)   … Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change; Courage to change the things I can; and the Wisdom to know the difference.  Remembering these words will be important for me and for many of us.  We will find Serenity.

Recovery is a journey that requires different “transport modes” for all. Addictions UK are keen to work with others working in our attempt to promote “Recovery” to our clients and friends. Effectively sharing with others our Strength Home and Experience is very important.

Many of us do not believe that there is a traditional “cure” for addictions.  We do believe however that it is possible for us to learn to live without indulging our addictions on a day to day basis – and that is why we successfully promote a Treatment Programme based on Abstinence.

Our work is innovatory and successful. We provide a joined up service dealing with all treatment aspects required – including relapse prevention.  We are well placed working with other in offering these services to others in partnership.  Please contact us if you are interested in discussing partnership arrangements at www.addictionsuk/contactus or send us an e-mail at info@addictionsuk.com or telephone +44 (0) 191 410 9000 or from the United Kingdom 0845 4567 030 (local rate)

One of the most pernicious and common addictions today is the need to be in control. The Twelve Step programme is not just for recovery from drink or drugs but can help us with psychological dependency too.

It’s the twelfth month of the year and how are you doing on those new year’s resolutions or those things that you’ve been meaning to change in your life? We all know how hard it is to let go of our attachments.  In fact we’re often addicted to them.

I’d like to share an extract from a book by Rami Shapiro which describes how the wisdom of the Twelve Step programme (used most famously by Alcoholics Anonymous) can apply to any area of our life where we are experiencing some form of addiction.  And who isn’t addicted to something?

One of the most pernicious and common addictions today is the need to be in control.

Here’s Rami’s perspective…

. . . “As long as you maintain the illusion of control, you are fine, but eventually and inevitably life slips out of control, and you are faced with a very difficult choice: Quit playing God, and abandon the delusion of life’s controllability, or find some way to escape reality and maintain the illusion that you are in control.

Most of us opt for the latter. Rather than admit that we are powerless over life, we redouble our efforts to regain control. This is like a hamster on a wheel who, wishing to get off the wheel, keeps running faster, hoping in that way to come to the end that much sooner. . . .

Recognizing life’s fundamental unmanageability leads to freedom if we realize that our inability to control life is not the same as having no way to meaningfully navigate it. Just because I can’t control the sea doesn’t mean I can’t learn how to swim in it. Just because I can’t manage the wind doesn’t mean I can’t tap into its power. Just because I can’t manage my life doesn’t mean I can’t live it justly and with compassion. Manageability and control are beyond me, but living wisely and well are not.”

Extract from Seeds of Wisdom – a free monthly newsletter from Sacred Life. www.sacredlife.co.uk

Used with permission.
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