Studying boosts self-confidence and well-being, and expands social networks.

Non-vocational adult education drawing on a person’s own motivation comes with a variety of benefits that are also reflected on the person’s close friends, family and work. Studying boosts self-confidence and well-being, and expands social networks. Furthermore, motivation to pursue other studies also increases. Thanks to participation in adult education, tolerance towards and confidence in other people grows, and adult learners pay increasing attention to their health.

This is the main summary of work being carried out in Finland and it is gratifying that these conclusions support the view that people seeking recovery can gain additional benefits from education and training courses. The experience of Addictions UK and its sister project Addictions North East also shows that highly motivated clients – either in a one-to-one setting or group work environment can get great benefit through participating in education and training courses. Participation in adult education, tolerance towards and confidence in other people grows, and adult learners pay increasing attention to their health.

All of the above are findings from the Benefits of Lifelong Learning Project carried out in ten European countries. The study focused on liberal adult education, i.e. non-vocational courses, which are characterised by willingness to volunteer, self-motivation, and goals related to hobbies. The study investigated the changes experienced by adult learners participating in liberal adult education courses during a course of one year.

Simon Stephens, Director of Case Work of Addictions UK has been engaged in education and training for several years as a mature student. He has been studying Psychology and Counselling at Higher Education levels and he relates to these benefits.

He said “As a person in recovery, I am aware that my life studying and pursuing advanced professional qualifications assists me in a variety of ways” The quality of my life certainly boosts my well-being and levels of confidence.” Simon added “The courses that Addictions UK promotes for people in recovery have much the same results as this major European Academic Study.”

Addictions UK organises Recovery Training and Education both on a one-to-one basis and in Group work settings alongside the North East Charity Addictions North East, based in County Durham.

For further information contact us now on line or telephone 0300 330 30 40.

University of Eastern Finland. “Self-motivated participation in learning activities increases well-being of adults.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 17 June 2014.
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Courts say bosses have a duty to address problem addictions in the workplace.

Issues that relate to alcohol cost employers with 200 staff around £38,000 through absence and performance issues according to psychiatrist Dr Adam Winstock referring to figures from the Global Drugs Survey.

Employers are facing bigger bills especially in Employment Tribunals if they have a lack of clarity or unclear and contradictory policies.

Speaking at the Synergy health Drugs at Work Conference in Surrey a specialist lawyer, Rhian Brace said that Judges take this issue very seriously when considering unfair dismissal claims.

Simon Stephens, Director of Case Work at Addictions UK agreed and confirmed that this is a major problem for a significant number of his clients. He said “we welcome clear policies on drug and alcohol issues in the work place – happily many responsible employers have co-operated with us to treat their employees – others have often had non-existent policies which lead to major problems for all parties”

Addictions UK offers a range of services to help employers to deal with these challenges.

Dr Adam Winstock said “Employers have a duty of care for their staff and for the wider community. We find a lot of employers want strong drug and alcohol policies not just to reduce costs and workplace accidents but out of a sense of responsibility for their staff”.

Addictions UK receives referrals from HR Departments and Lawyers from all parts of the United Kingdom relating to home-based treatment for alcohol and drug addictions.

For further information contact us now on line or telephone 0300 330 30 40.

Thought: Yesterday has come and gone. So will tomorrow.

Addictions UK uses Twitter to share inspirational Thoughts every day. This article is based on one of them. Follow us at @addictionsuk.

We all get anxious.

Sometimes the causes of anxiety are obvious. Perhaps there is some test we must face at work or at school. Maybe it’s because someone else’s behaviour is putting us or themselves at risk.

Our anxieties may arise from our own actions. We may fear some skeleton tumbling out of our cupboard or we may be having to face the consequences of a past mistake already discovered.

Anxiety can sometimes have no obvious cause. Everyday medications and herbal remedies can have strange side effects and so can some foods. Everyone knows that anxiety can lead to raised blood pressure but some people believe raised blood pressure can trigger anxiety.

For those facing alcohol addiction, drug addiction or addiction to some other substance or process, the sources of anxiety are many though not always easily identified.

Whatever the cause, being anxious is unpleasant and presents special dangers for any addicts who is desperate to escape from the pressures. But the symptoms can be relieved in other ways.

Accepting the support of family and friends and mentors will usually help lessen your worries. So will becoming absorbed in any good distraction, be it your hobby or a good book or film or even some mentally demanding chores.

It’s helpful too if you can recover a sense of proportion.

You have been in trouble before. This isn’t the first time you have faced a challenge or been fearful of an outcome. Looking back, sometimes you wonder why you were so concerned. And even when things didn’t turn out so well, you now see yourself as a survivor.

“Yesterday has come and gone. So will tomorrow.” It’s quite logical to base a more positive view of your future on the fact that you have coped in the past. You have found a way through your troubles before and you can do so again. The important thing is not to do anything that makes the situation worse or makes recovery harder.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.

Thought: When rotten trees are blown over, they let in the light.

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Life is full of change. Often it’s uncomfortable and unnerving, but change is an unavoidable fact of life.

Sometimes change is for the good and very welcome, especially when we have worked hard for something we really wanted, maybe a new job, a new house or one day free from addiction.

A forest is always changing, too. Obviously all its plants are growing and, just like a person, it becomes bigger and more mature. It’s development may be imperceptible day-by-day but from hour to hour it can seem very different if the sun shines through the trees or the wind blows or the rain or the snow falls on it. And as we see the weather passing swiftly and bringing a different feel to the woods, we should be reminded that the environment of our lives usually brings joy after sadness and sometimes difficulties for which we should prepare when times are good.

When a mighty tree falls, change is dramatic and disturbing. Just as in life, what’s gone can be something old and rotten and unwanted; it’s a relief to see it go. Sometimes a storm or disease will strike a healthy, valued tree and its ending is a time of sadness.

Either way, the new space and light provide an opportunity for new growth.

In life we need to take care that new opportunities bring the right sort of healthy fresh beginnings. We don’t want a tangle of bramble and weeds filling the space left by whatever has gone.

The storms in your life can do a lot of damage. They can uproot your shelter, your support and the sources of your joy. But even these losses make space for new growth. You can, with help and encouragement, take control and turn disaster and loss into opportunity.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction and especially if you are seeking home-based treatment.