The death of Any Winehouse has highlighted the danger of alcohol and drug addiction and the fact that this is a family illness. It affects all members of the family – not just the addict. Mitch and Janis Winehouse’s struggle to “cure” their daughter of her addiction will be shared by many parents and family members throughout the world.

Can a parent save their child from addiction?

Parents are used to being able to help their children through love and “kiss better” many problems – but addiction is different. Sadly we cannot change other people – only ourselves. Our loved ones suffering from addictions must want to be helped – fighting the illness of addiction is very hard – sometimes impossible. Surrender to it is the only option. It is possible on a day by day basis to live without drink and drugs – but help is needed in the form of addictions treatment and sometimes family interventions. In Amy Winehouse’s case the help offered – which was very considerable – failed. In other cases we have seen people conquer this dreadful illness and respond to treatment.

There are many theories about why people are addicts and even more about what type of treatment is the best. Addictions UK offers a person-centred approach to addiction treatment and we work with the whole family in teaching a recovery process. We offer two 24/7 telephone help and coaching telephone lines for our clients – and their families. Our home-based treatment is offered every day of the week. Yet like Amy Winehouse’s tragic case – it is not always going to work. Addiction is a savage and heart-breaking illness that knows no boundaries – rich/poor, famous/unknown, male/female, old/young, black/white and many other diversity differences – it can strike anywhere.

We commend an article on the BBC News Website which describes some of the issues that have arisen from Amy Winehouse’s tragic death. Help for family members and people who need addictions help is available. There are many self-help groups that can help, many recovery projects that can actively assist and support addicts. However, the willingness to seek help is in all cases required. Denial is often the first symptom of addiction.

Addictions UK is a specialist addictions agency that was established by addicts, alcoholics and carers in recovery. Our aim is to get people well. We specialise in working with people who chose not to enter residential rehabilitation centres or attend meetings of alcoholics. We can help people in their own home and if anyone needs help with either home detox or on-going treatment with addictions please contact us on

0845 4567 030

We are just a telephone away from addictions recovery.

An article in the Guardian discusses Minimum Pricing for Alcohol in Scotland

Proposals to introduce minimum pricing for alcohol in Scotland have received much publicity and are the subject of a recent article in the The Guardian.

While we are committed to doing all we can to help people with an alcohol addiction, we do not take a moral position on the consuption of alcoholic drinks.

People who want a drink will get one and tinkering with prices will do nothing to discourage patholigically dependent drinkers (aften called “alcoholics”).

At best, minimum pricing affects a few casual binge drinkers; it does nothing to help and treat those for whom alcohol has become a real problem.

Addictions UK provides Home-based Addictions Treatment including medical Detox throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For further information fill in our contact form or telephone 0845 4567 030

Welsh Health Survey: Analysis of the Mental Health and Wellbeing of Adults

The latest National Statistics on the mental health and wellbeing of adults produced by the Welsh Government were released on 7 July 2011 according to the arrangements approved by the UK Statistics Authority. These are based on data from the Welsh Health Survey for 2009, with some additional analysis from the 6 year period 2003/04-2009.

The key points from the latest release are:

  • Mental health and wellbeing is generally better amongst males, and amongst those aged 65-74; it is poorest amongst people aged 45-54.
  • Mental health and wellbeing is generally better for people who lead healthier lifestyles, although the pattern for alcohol consumption is more complex.
  • In general, adults who suffer from an illness or who use health services have poorer mental health and wellbeing.
  • Mental health and wellbeing decreases with deprivation, and is poorest amongst those living in the most deprived areas or living in households headed by someone in a routine and manual occupation or who has never worked/long term unemployed.
  • Mental health and wellbeing scores have remained fairly constant since 2003/04.

Addictions UK – has great concerns that people with addiction problems and mental health issues fund it hard to be treated within the community. Many providers fail to understand the importance of addictions treatment being offered alongside other interventions.

Addictions UK is a Social Enterprise promoting Home-based Addictions Treatment including medical Detox and on-going Relapse Prevention in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. For further information on Addictions UK contact us or telephone 0845 4567 030

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatments and is now expanding the range of Residential Opportunites too.

Addictions UK specialises in Home based Addictions Treatment and Home Detox and for the last four years we have been unable to assist potential clients who are not suitable for this specialist Home Service.

We are now able to offer a full range of residential treatment facilities – sometimes in partnership with Residential Rehab Centres.

Some offer reasonably regimented therapeutic intervention while others use a selection of holistic treatments and have continuous residential programmes stretching over weeks or months.

Residential Medical Detox

Some clients because of their medical conditions require a more supervised form of detox treatment. Addictions UK can now offer a range of residential medical detox services aimed at clients for whom Home Detox Service is not suitable.

Full Residential Treatment

We have a number of weekly and monthly residential treatment options and will be able to select and arrange whichever programme best suits your needs.

Week-end Residential Treatment

This service is available to busy individuals who cannot find the time to be treated in a 24/7 residential facility. Addictions UK – with selected partner agencies – can now offer a combination of Home-based and residential treatments. The effectiveness of on-going home-based addictions recovery can be enhanced by week-end residential treatment. Combining residential and home-based treatments in this way provides an effective and affordable option.

Continuing Treatment

As well as short-term treatment, we can arrange extended secondary care facilities where residents continue treatment while adjusting to normal work, education or training. Some excellent facilities exist for this type of service and very good results can be achieved.

Locations

Accommodation is available in a variety of locations and varies from five star luxury to homely comfort to suit your preference and your budget. As well as centres in the UK, some of our providers abroad offer additional interests and activities as well as effective recovery treatments. For example, Addictions UK is currently establishing a luxury treatment centre in southern India.

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Addictions Treatment to those requiring the best treatment support available which is Affordable, Effective and Confidential. For further details of our Free Assessment, Home Detox, Home and Residential treatment Service contact us at www.addictionsuk.com or telephone 0845 4567 030

Special units to help prisoners kick their drug addictions are launching in five prisons as part of the Government’s plans to reform sentencing.

New drug recovery wings will be piloted at Manchester, Middlesbrough, High Down, Bristol and Brixton prisons. They are designed to help prisoners serving short sentences of under 12 months who need intensive support during the early stages of their recovery from addiction.

The Government believes that given the strong association between drug use and reoffending, there should be more focus on recovery and challenging offenders to come off drugs.
The drug recovery wings will therefore also place a strong emphasis on connecting offenders with a wide range of community services to help them to live drug-free lives on release – such as finding a home, a job and rebuilding relationships with their families.

Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke said: ‘We want to attack the shamefully high rate of reoffending and that means cracking down hard on drug abuse inside prison.
‘That’s why we are today launching ambitious new drug recovery wings which will get prisoners clean and stop them committing more crime.’

A full review of the pilots is expected in early 2013.

For further information see http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/features/feature220611a.htm

Addictions UK promotes recovery programmes throughout the UK and calls for joined-up services – especially after inmates are released from Prison back into the Community.

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment including Home Detox. For further details fill in the response form on our contacts page or telephone us on 0845 4567 030

Addictions UK pays tribute to Betty Ford, founder of the Betty Ford Centre, who has died at the age of 93.

Addictions UK pays tribute to Betty Ford, the widow of former President Gerald Ford and founder of drug treatment facility the Betty Ford Centre, who has died at the age of 93.

Mrs Ford, who was known for her strong opinions on public issues, established the drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility in 1982. She was noted for helping to create the Betty Ford Centre for drug and alcohol rehabilitation in Rancho Mirage in California, a facility where tens of thousands of addicts have been treated. The Betty Ford Centre was present at the recent UKESAD held in London and their work has inspired many UK based projects working in the drug and alcohol addictions rehab services.

“As our nation’s First Lady, she was a powerful advocate for women’s health and women’s rights,” President Barack Obama said, following the news of Mrs Ford’s death. He added: “After leaving the White House, Mrs Ford helped reduce the social stigma surrounding addiction and inspired thousands to seek much-needed treatment.”

“I was deeply saddened this afternoon when I heard of Betty Ford’s death,” another former First Lady, Nancy Reagan, said in a statement. “No one confronted life’s struggles with more fortitude or honesty, and as a result, we all learned from the challenges she faced”

Mrs Ford, who won battles with breast cancer, and drug and alcohol addiction, sought to raise awareness about both issues. She was also outspoken on women’s rights issues.

From BBC News. Read more and watch a Video clip here »

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment including Home Detox. For further details fill in the response form on our contacts page or telephone us on 0845 4567 030

Addictions UK welcomes the appointment of new Colin Wilkie-Jones as the new CEO of eATA (European Association of Treatment Agencies).
It has been announced this week that Colin Wilkie-Jones has been appointed the new CEO of eATA (European Association of Treatment Agencies). Addictions UK is a member of this Agency along with many other reputable Private and Third Sector Agencies in our Sector.

We call upon the new eATA Chief Executive to promote Recovery Services within the United Kingdom and to ensure that eATA provides the dynamic leadership that we have received through the Concordat Group of members and in particular the Addiction Recovery Foundation.

Membership agencies not only have to work alongside Government – they must be encouraged to represent their membership’s voice. The active development of the Third Sector involved in the Recovery Movement – and Social Enterprise in particular – would be welcomed by us. It is essential for our survival and will help countless people who suffer from the ravages of alcoholism and other addictions.

We publish the eATA logo on our website – and we look forward to joining Mr Wilkie-Jones in promoting Recovery Services with other eATA members with great enthusiasm.

Addictions UK is a Social Enterprise promoting Home-based Addictions Treatment including medical Detox and on-going Relapse Prevention in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland. For further information on Addictions UK contact us or telephone 0845 4567 030

Have Civil Servants posted anti rehab comments onto the Addictions Today Website?
A blog on the Addicitons Today Website has received adverse comments puporting to come from The National Treatment Agency. (Read that blog now»)

Addictions UK have been informed by Addictions Today (The Addictions Recovery Foundation) that the NTA have denied that their e-mail system had been hacked. Their Spokesman acknowledged that someone – yet to be identified – was responsible for sending a response to the Addictions Today web site attacking some Rehab projects following the publication of Kathy Gyngell’s report on Government Addictions Policy. This is contrary to the Civil Service Code of Practice.

To date, Jon Hibbs of the NTA has issued a denial that the NTA has been hacked and at the same time he denied personal responsibility for this anonymous posting. Others who have contributed include the Director and Chairman of WiredIn – the Recovery Blogging Website
We are looking forward to hearing the results of the NTA enquiry. Surely a Government Agency should not be the source of unattributed attacks on Rehabs?

Addictions UK provides Home-based Addictions Treatment including medical Detox throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For further information fill in our contact form or telephone 0845 4567 030

Prime Minister condemns previous Drugs Policies in Parliament – 29 June 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron made this statement in Parliament on 29th June (Hansard 954):

“Drugs policy has been a failure over recent years… We have spent too much time on heroin replacement and methadone rather than on trying to get people clean and clear up all the things in their lives that perhaps cause them to take drugs in the first place.”

Addictions UK hopes that the NTA (National Treatment Agency) are listening to Mr Cameron and that Public Health England and Commissioners throughout the UK will start investing in more Abstinence based models of treatment.

Addictions UK provides Home-based Addictions Treatment including medical Detox throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. For further information fill in our contact form or telephone 0845 4567 030

Addictions UK leads the way in offering Text Messaging as an important part of Addictions Recovery Therapy.
Supportive text messages can double the chance of someone successfully quitting smoking, according to UK researchers.

In an independent study, just over 10% of 2,900 smokers who received encouraging texts such as “you can do it” had quit after six months, but only 4.9% of a similar number who did not have the same support gave up.

The study, published in The Lancet, called for texts to be included in services to help people kick the habit. This study looked at 5,800 of them. Supportive texts were sent to 2,915 of the smokers for six months. The rest received only messages thanking them for taking part. They were sent five texts a day for the first five weeks and then three a week for the next 26 weeks.

Participants could also text back for specific advice when they had cravings or had lapsed back into smoking.

For further details of this study – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-13956252

For several years Addictions UK has been using daily text messaging with clients – sometimes clients are sent up to three texts per day seven days per week.

Simon Stephens, Director of Case Work at Addictions UK said

We are gratified to read in the Lancet about the therapeutic value of sending clients text messages as part of an overall treatment package. We agree with the findings of this study and intend to continue promoting this important part of our treatment services.

Addictions UK is a leading provider of Home-based Addictions Treatment including Home Detox. For further details fill in the response form on our contacts page or telephone us on 0845 4567 030