Addictions North East Training Courses in Country Durham

illustrationAddictions North East will be launching a series of training courses funded through County Durham Community Foundation , the Skills Funding Agency and the European Social Fund within County Durham.  This project – known as the “Escape Club” will be commencing in May 2012.

The courses, spread over 6 x 4 hour sessions run for six weeks and will be dealing with the following areas – and more:

  • Facing Fear and Coping Mechanisms
  • Dealing with Anger Management Issues
  • Resentments and Relationships
  • Self Esteem and Dealing with Un-Manageability
  • Make your Choices – Sobriety and Abstinence?
  • Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
  • Managing Your Feelings
  • Counselling Support Services
  • Signposting for more help and advice

Training will be aimed at people who are on state benefits and working less than eight hours a week.  The courses will be held in different venues throughout County Durham and people who are interested can gain further details from Simon at Addictions North East, who can be contacted by telephone on 0845 450 3960, or by e-mail or by using the on-line contact form. Those interested can also gain further information through the local Job Centre.

There is only a limited number of places available. The courses are free of charge. Applicants must be over 18. Lone Parents, Over 50s and people with health problems and disabilities are welcome to apply.

Addictions UK supports the charitable efforts of Addictions North East and is a leading provider of addictions treatment at home, including detox at home.

Please telephone us on 0845 4567 030 or contact us on line.

European Social Fund Skills Funding Agency County Durham Community Foundation


Counselling North – Counselling throughout the UK

illustrationAnxiety, Depression, Bereavement or just feeling “Stuck in a Rut” – these are all reasons why you might feel inclined to seek help from a qualified “accredited counsellor”.

Counsellors help you explore issues that are troubling you by using what are called “talking therapies”. These are a scientifically proven methods of helping you come to terms with difficult Thoughts and feelings. Imagine if you will that your brain is represented by a computer. You would use a program like “Word” or “Excel” to instruct your machine to achieve something useful. In much the same way speech is used to help you understand what is going on for you.

It might be useful to dispel a few myths. You don’t have to lie on a couch facing away from a bearded man who is constantly talking notes and saying “Hmm” and “I see”. Counselling these days is much more relaxed and friendly; it’s more like a structured conversation where it’s you who chooses what you want to discuss. You are not going to be made to disclose things that you not yet ready to talk about.

Accredited Counsellors will first of all be qualified, with a substantial amount of training behind them. They will also have joined an organisation like the British Association of Counselling and Physiotherapy and will have agreed to abide their strict rules of “Ethical Conduct”.

Be aware, there is nothing to stop anyone from claiming that they are a counsellor. A qualified counsellor will always advise you to which association they belong and their qualifications will be available to be checked and verified.

Don’t be alarmed and allow the above to put you off – just be aware that a few simple questions will help you find some one right for you. Counselling is a great “medication free” way of finding wellbeing.

We recommend Counselling North to those people who need to find suitable help. Counselling can be arranged both face to face and remotely.  For further details, visit Counselling North’s Contact Page on line or phone 0845 450 4960.

Addiction Treatment can be obtained through Addictions UK –  contact us on line or telephone us on 0845 4567 030.  Addictions UK is the leading provider of Addictions Treatment at home including medical detox.

News about Addictions Treatment and Recovery in the UK and Worldwide


Addictions Digest has been launched to publish blogs, news and other general information from the UK and Worldwide Addictions Treatment and Recovery Community.  This follows a re-design of the successful Addiction Focus blogging web site.

Addictions UK – the leading provider of Addictions Treatment at Home in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland and Addictions Focus – the UK based Addictions blogging site will be contributing material to the newc Addictions Digest site.

Contributors are invited to submit their articles by e-mail to and

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework for Addictions UK, thanked Yowsie! for providing all the technical and practical support. He said “The design of our websites and the efficiency with which they are managed places the specialisms that Addictions UK offers clients seeking home-based addictions treatment services in the forefront of the Internet.”

Simon also thanked David and Beth Congreave for their work developing Addiction Focus .  He said “The development of the Addiction Focus Website has been an important influence on Addictions UK – we are now blessed with two good information sites.  The creation of Addictions Digest will permit us to co-ordinate our activities more efficiently and to reach more people through our e-mail mailing lists.

Addiction Focus Blogging Web Site was launched in 2009 and has increased its readership over this time.

Addictions UK provides 24/7 Addictions Treatment at Home including Home Medical Detox Services.  Advice and support can also been offered on a wide range of addictions Recovery Rehab Centres in the UK that offer intense and structured abstinence-based residential treatment.  For further information please telephone 0845 4567 030 or contact us on line.

Mental Health North East are organising two events for people who use mental health services and their carers.

illustrationCome to these events and ask your questions, share your views, talk with people who are putting personalisation in place – and with each other.

Whether you have a personal budget or direct payment – or not – these events are for you!

19th April: The Studio, The Dolphin Centre Darlington

26th April: The Theatre, Blackfriars Hall, Newcastle upon Tyne

The events include presentations, groupwork, a Q&A session, and a theatre performance based on your experiences. Reasonable travel expenses will be refunded (for service users and carers).

Download more information and the booking form now (.pdf) »

How regular conversation with a trained therapist can help Addictions Treatment at Home.

illustrationHow can talking daily to a skilled addictions therapist help me?

This part of treatment is probably both the most important and hardest thing you will ever do in your life. If you’re reading this you might already have come to the conclusion you have a problem, which is the first major step, but do you know what exactly your problem is? You might know, for example, that is is to do with drink but is it an abuse problem, a trauma problem or is a pathological dependency? Check our blog article on the different aspects of alcohol problems.

The first thing a counsellor should do is help you identify where you really need help. We never tell you what you should think, we believe you are your own expert; our job is to guide you through a journey of self-discovery. Addictions UK principally offers talking therapies to trauma or pathological dependant clients; in each case the approach differs.

We can help you come to terms with trauma by helping you explore your relationship with past events; sometimes we blame ourselves when in reality it was not our fault. Although we may have been told this more than a few times it’s not until we can explore this for ourselves with the help of someone trained in the skills of active listening that we can finally take ownership and be in control of the issue. Once we feel we have come to terms with the trauma, then we need no longer to hide away with drink.

A pathological dependency requires a different approach. An explanation of the science behind this illness helps you understand that you may be powerless over alcohol and that abstinence is the solution. Again, we don’t tell you this but help you self-diagnose and come to your appropriate conclusions. If you do not think you’re powerless over alcohol than your problems has its roots elsewhere, like trauma, and we will help you follow that path. If you do conclude you are powerless and you indeed have the illness of pathological dependency, we can commence a course of recovery. All the way through, with the aid of text books and DVDs, we help you explore and experiment with ways of self-empowerment that will enable you to embrace a proven concept of daily abstinent living. Clients often express their surprise at how this approach enriches their lives and brings forth a high state of self-worth from the misery that pre-existed before treatment.

In all events, our therapy is about assisted self-enlightenment and respecting your personal autonomy to help you achieve a new way of living.

Addictions UK is a leading provider of home based addictions treatment for drug addiction, alcohol dependence and many other addictions.  Please call Simon Stephens on 0845 4567 030 or contact us on line

Simon Stephens writes about safe Alcohol and Drug Detox

illustrationMedical Detox is a term used when ceasing to take drugs or alcohol which forms our physical addiction. In most cases coming off our drug of choice without professional support will be unpleasant and in some cases dangerous. In the case of alcohol the primary danger is withdrawal fits. About sixty to ninety people die each year die from attempting to withdraw from alcohol without the aid of medication. More people go on to suffer from brain damage. Obviously this is only a small proportion of those with a physical addiction who chose to stop drinking but it is never the less a significant figure.

It is often Thought that all that is need is some pills from the doctor, however there’s a lot more to a correctly manage detox than just collecting a prescription. Whether the procedure is been carried out in a residential setting or at home, thorough preparation is essential. Unless the organisation carrying the work for you has procedures for assessing the current state of your physical and mental health and what your current medical condition is, consider carefully your options before contracting with them for help.  There are some service providers who think that offering home detoxes is a quick way to “make money”.

Addictions UK uses four separate paper tests including well-being and depression scores and a physical examination before determining that a detox is safe and right for you. In the case of a home detox we prefer to have a chaperone close at hand during the physical examination and a responsible adult to help you with the medicines. Few people realise how disorienting the medication can be, hence why the help of a responsible adult is a priority. The same planning is also a vital pre-requisite for a residential detox. In all cases regular support and checking should be provided by those organising the detox.
In the case of drug addiction where a detox is needed, the same planning is really important. Whilst it is general consided that risk to life is much lower it is true to say that the withdrawal symptoms can be far worse in terms of discomfort.

Where ever you chose to get your detox, be sure to ask plenty of questions, if it’s at home, is there an emergency contact? If it’s in a residential setting, are there staff on duty or is it simply bed and breakfast with visit from a local GP?

For further information please contact contact Addictions UK on line or telephone Simon Stephens, the writer of this blog, on 0845 4567 030.

Addictions UK is the leading provider of Detox at Home Services in the United Kingdom.

A Breakfast Event offering remarkable lessons from India’s Social Entrepreneurs

illustrationRichard Alderson, co-founder of Journeys for Change will be speaking at a breakfast event on 21st March from 8.30-10.00am at The Hub, Westminster.

Journeys for Change is an organisation which takes international leaders to learn from and share with India’s most inspiring social entrepreneurs.

At Addictions UK we are well aware of the value of such journeys, having arranged our own in partnership with Addictions India. We have also had long-established links with UnLtd, supporting Social Entrepreneurs in the UK. Richard Alderson is also the co-founder of UnLtd India, an award-winning social entrepreneur incubator.

The breakfast event offers remarkable lessons from India’s Social Entrepreneurs on how to create greater profit and impact in the World.

At the event, Richard will give a short, stimulating talk where you can:

  • Be inspired by the stories of some of India’s most exciting changemakers
  • Learn how their innovative business models can help you create greater profit and impact in your work
  • Learn how others who’ve taken part in the journeys have personally benefitted and changed their organisations as a result
  • Mingle with other like-minded socially-conscious leaders and journey alumni

Places are limited so please register as soon as possible to ensure you can attend.

For more information about Addictions UK and our work offering Addictions Recovery Treatment at Home please telephone us on 0845 4567 030 or contact us on line.