Denial is powerful in blocking Recovery

illustrationDenial is an emotion or a state of mind that prevents us from looking at ourselves. It can be uncomfortable, painful and difficult to take responsibility for making changes in our lives. For people who are addicted to alcohol or drugs, denying reality can prevent this painful process of self reflection. However, this also stops change.

We are in denial if we reject facts that are too uncomfortable or difficult to accept.

To stop being in denial requires great determination and strength. We have to want to change our life, how we view our relationship with ourself and others and be honest with ourself.

We all have to face difficult and painful situations at some point in our lives; it is how we deal with these situations that helps us to discover our true self. Burying our head in the sand will solve nothing.

Being honest with our self is the first step in overcoming addiction, until we accept that our life is unmanageable due to drug or alcohol use, there is nothing we can do to change.

Facing up to ourselves is difficult and requires humility but it allows us to become responsible and take control of our choices.  It may also help us realise we may need some help.

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework at Addictions UK said, “The first step in recovery is overcoming denial”.

Addictions UK offers a specialist Home-based Service for people addicted to drugs and alcohol and prescription drugs.  We offer a range of services to combat pathological dependence.  Medical Detox at home is available to those people choosing this option who might be able to receive this service safely.

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10-11 year-olds admit to alcohol use – are some of these youngster addicts of the future?

illustrationAccording to a survey by the Schools Health Education Unit more than one in ten children in their final year of primary school admit to having drunk alcohol during the previous week.

One in every 100 young boys said that they had drunk alcohol on three of the past seven days according to the poll.

Some 13 per cent of boys aged 10 and 11, and 10 per cent of girls the same age claimed to have had at least one alcoholic drink within the past seven days.

Alcohol consumption increased as children grew older, with more than a quarter of year ten pupils, who were aged 14 and 15, admitting to having drunk alcohol at least once in the previous week.

17 per cent of girls in year ten said they had been drunk on at least one occasion, with four per cent claiming they had been intoxicated on more than one occasion during that period.

More than 68,000 children aged 10 to 15 took part in the survey which was carried out in 2012 and covered a wide variety of topics including alcohol and drug consumption.

Ten per cent of pupils admitted to taking drugs whilst drinking.

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework at Addictions UK, said: “This survey shows the need for more alcohol awareness  in primary schools to prevent these problems from becoming entrenched – some of the school children could well go on to discover unmanageability from drinking in adult life”.

For more information see this article in the Daily Telegraph

Addictions UK provides alcohol addiciton recovery services throughout the UK.

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illustrationTrying to do too much too soon, especially on the road to recovery from addiction, is a recipe for disaster.

But it’s all too easy to make caution an excuse for not moving at all!

Start a carefully programmed recovery now with Addictions UK

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Anger in Addiction – A Major Cause of Relapse

illustrationAnger is a natural emotion. In addiction people can end up in a negative cycle – drinking or using substances because they are angry with others or themselves.  Using substances also removes an individual’s inhibitions which can turn Thoughts and feelings of anger into violent behaviour or relationship problems.

It is not possible for someone to address their anger management and continue to use as they cannot think clearly, this is why it is essential to explore these issues in treatment. Through counselling, clients become able to understand and process their anger.

Once a person has stopped using substances, it can become easier for them to control their anger, something they may have found difficult whilst using drugs or alcohol.  For some people it may help them to get more in touch with anger they didn’t previously feel.

Addiction treatment can help people to become more in tune with the physiological changes that anger creates.  Anger fuels a chemical release in the body that drugs and alcohol can mask. When people recognise this feeling they can wait until they are calmer to think more clearly instead of responding immediately with anger.

As anger can be such a relapse trigger it is addressed in recovery and in the 12 steps, which encourages people to let go of resentment. Tackling anger during addiction recovery can be challenging but Addictions UK can effectively address both to increase your chances of long term recovery from addiction.

Simon Stephens, Director of Casework, said, “Anger is a major cause of relapse and it is essential that people in recovery continue to work on their feelings. Anger is one letter away from Danger”.

Addictions UK is the leading provider in the UK of Home-based Addictions Treatment.

For more information contact us now on line or telephone 0845 4567 030. You are just a phone call away from Addictions Recovery.