For those suffering from addiction, feeling supported is a key element in successfully overcoming their illness once and for all. Research has found that many addicts who feel as though they have no secure support network are more likely to keep abusing the substance when compared to those who feel supported. Many recovery centres work tirelessly to support these addicted individuals and ensure that they feel supported at every step of their recovery journey. Many of these facilities rely on don...

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Dealing with a drug addiction can be challenging for anyone, but it can be most destructive when the individual abusing the substances is young. As addiction is an illness, it can have a massive negative impact on the brain, and as a young person’s brain is still developing, it can potentially stunt future development. This, in turn, can lead to a host of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression. An example of this happening is the case of Paris Jackson, who has abused drugs since sh...

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As addiction is an illness, it can have many negative impacts on the affected individual and his or her loved ones. There have been many cases where an addict has resorted to crime to fund their drug addiction, which in turn can lead to cautions and even prison sentences. As these individuals are so wrapped up in getting their next fix, they can often neglect other aspects in their life, such as relationships and responsibilities. Once these have started to be ignored, the person will become dis...

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Countless people around the world will suffer from addiction at some point in their life; some will be able to overcome it while others will struggle for the rest of their life. This is something that can have a substantial negative impact on the individual and their loved ones. Many famous people have spoken out about their own struggles with addiction over the years, with Hollywood star Dennis Quaid speaking recently about how he struggled with a cocaine addiction in the late 80s, which left h...

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Dealing with Addiction While in Prison
Dealing with an addiction can be difficult at the best of times; it can be even more challenging for an individual who is in prison while trying to quit. These prisoners may feel like they have little or no support while they are behind bars, and this can fuel the ‘need’ for drugs or alcohol even more. One organisation that is working tirelessly to support these individuals is the Rehabilitation for Addicted Prisoners Trust (RAPt), which supports and assists prisoners and former prisoners wh...

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Dealing with the Death of an Addicted Loved One
Nearly every person who abuses drugs is aware of the implications, yet still will continue with their addictive behaviour. Often, an addict will be of the opinion that no harm will come to them and that all the horror stories they see about drug use could never affect them. Sadly, this is not the case because drugs can have a number of negative consequences for the individual; in many cases, it can even result in death. One family dealing with the hurt and anguish of drug addiction is the Hud...

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How it Can be Damaging for Loved Ones to Deal with an Addicted Individual
Dealing with the actions of an addicted loved one can be frustrating and distressing; to see someone change completely in front of your eyes as a result of excessive drug or alcohol abuse is a devastating blow. The friends and families of an addicted individual will often not know how to cope with them, and this can lead to relationships deteriorating. Often, the addict will not even realise what is happening until it is too late. An example of this is former footballer Paul Gascoigne, who has h...

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Reaching Out to Addicts in Need
Many people around the UK suffer in silence with a drug addiction. There is still a stigma around this illness that puts many addicts off seeking help as they are frightened of what others will think of them. Addiction is nothing to be ashamed of, but because of the media, this stigma is stronger than ever, and most of those affected will be embarrassed to tell others. It is for this reason that many charities and addiction services work tirelessly to reach out to addicts to let them know that t...

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The Importance of Safe Medication in Addiction Recovery
When it comes to overcoming an addiction to drugs or alcohol, abstinence is usually the key. It is important to avoid mood-altering substances going forward if you want to keep your sobriety on track, but there are times when this may be unavoidable such as when you are ill or when you need dental work. So, what can you do to ensure you stay safe at these times? Safe Medication If you are involved in a serious accident, become gravely ill, or require surgery, you may need certain medication th...

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Living with A Severe Drug Addiction
There is a certain stigma that surrounds addiction due mainly because of the way that the media portrays it; media often make the addict out to be a bad person and role model, which usually has the effect of discouraging other addicts from speaking out about their addiction for fear of receiving the same treatment. Only those who have had no experience with addiction will look down on addicts and label them ‘selfish’ because in reality addiction is an illness. It is this that causes the indi...

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