Season’s Greetings

illustrationIt’s Christmas Day.

You may believe in God and that he entered this world at Bethlehem to experience humanity and redeem it.

Even those who don’t can usually embrace the messages of peace and hope that surround this season.

Those addicted to alcohol or drugs or anything else long for peace in their lives. And it is possible to find it through making a new start on the path to recovery.

Those on that road already can affirm that there is hope. It may be fragile at times, it can sometimes become hidden, but we soon realise it is never lost and things can be good again.

Christmas is the “Season of Goodwill”. Through hope and your efforts, good will come to you.

For you and your family and friends may this be a Happy Christmas.

Thought: ‘It doesn’t have to be a new idea to be worth trying.’

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

illustrationThe challenges you face may be new to you but they are rarely new to mankind.

Especially when it comes to alcohol addiction, drug addiction or other addictions, the experiences different people have usually have a lot in common. And so there are tried and tested ways to face the problems of addiction and find a successful path through recovery.

At Addictions UK we are convinced that abstinence from addiction and following the Twelve Steps is the best way.

Now, of course, while the problems and challenges may be similar, each person is completely different. A programme for recovery needs to be tailor made for each individual, depending on their lifestyle, circumstances, family and social environment and many other factors.

Any good programme for recovery will focus on the needs of the individual and be client-centred.

One thing that is different at Addictions UK is our focus on home-based treatment. Wherever it’s possible and best for the client, we provide the resources and support to enable recovery while you remain at work and surrounded by the people you normally rely on for encouragement and help.

Even home-based detox is available for all those for whom it offers a the best start to recovery although, sometimes, residential treatment really does offer a better choice.

The tried and tested ways to recovery are the best and Addictions UK can offer them and help you make the most of them.

Please contact us now if you need help with recovery from any addiction.

Thought: ‘If you didn’t do everything you should today, then you have something worth doing tomorrow.’

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

Sometimes it’s procrastination. There are things we know we really should do but, for whatever reason, we decide to be occupied with other things and to put them off.

Sometimes we get to the end of an unbelievably busy day and realise we missed out on something important.

For some it’s a deliberate policy. If they leave a task long enough in the “pending” tray, there comes a time when there’s no point in doing it any more.

That’s not a good policy, especially when others are depending on you to get things done, whether it’s at work or at home, in your business or your relationships.

For the most part it’s never too late to put things right.

Recovery from addiction to alcohol or drugs or anything else includes the need to think about the wrongs we have done and the good things we left undone. Re-opening old wounds is rarely a good idea, but it’s too easy to use that excuse to avoid the difficult and uncomfortable business of reconciliation.

If you didn’t do it today don’t write it off; get it done tomorrow.

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

Thought: ‘At first I couldn’t believe I would ever succeed. Now I can’t believe that at first I failed.’

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

illustrationCan you remember the first time your got on a bike? Even if it had stabilisers it was probably a scary experience.

The struggle for confidence to try the new and challenging remains a challenge throughout life.

Even when we know things are wrong, like when life has become unmanageable as a result of drug addiction, alcohol addiction or something else, the familiar, however messed up, is in some way still comfortable.

Being afraid of the new and untried is an experience we all share. But so is the feeling of breaking through the barrier and conquering doubt and dread and acquiring a new skill.

Do you remember, too, the times when you have been reduced to bashful laughter when, after hesitating for so long, you finally “took the plunge” and success was so much easier than you expected.

That should remind us that, however daunting the way ahead, with support and encouragement and a reliable plan, it’s always worth trying it.

Don’t stay stuck in the wrong place just because it’s comfortable and you’re frighted to let go. Reach out,  move on, succeed.

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