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Addiction

Defusing Cravings

Craving—the obsessive desire to use drugs—is a natural byproduct of drug use itself. A person can have cravings on and off well after drug use stops and the physical signs of withdrawal are complete. The idea of having cravings is remarkably similar, regardless whether the drug used is alcohol, cannabis, heroin or cocaine

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Women, Addiction and Recovery

While addiction to alcohol and other drugs is an equal-opportunity disease, women are affected differently than men. Generally speaking, women progress faster in addiction than men, face different barriers to getting help, and recover differently. Recognizing these differences can be critical in identifying addiction and determining the most effective treatment options.

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Recovery Relationships - Boundaries

"Setting boundaries is a way of caring for myself. It doesn't make me mean, selfish, or uncaring because I don't do things your way. I care about me too." —Christine Morgan

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Care Free Living

By Samuel S

I find the term carefree living an interesting one. Sobriety has in many ways provided me with a lifestyle that is more carefree if anything it has provided me with an opportunity to care more about the world in which I live and the people that share the world with me.

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Cognitive Improvement and Alcohol Recovery

Resourced by Catherine Laine, Consultant, Silkworth Charity Group

​Alcohol can result in cognitive deficits, but several studies have shown that abstinence can reverse much of the physical and cognitive damage caused by heavy drinking if treatment begins in time. Therefore it is important that substance-dependent people seek help as soon as possible.

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Natural Highs

Written by Catherine Laine, Consultant, Silkworth Charity Group

A recovering addict said it best: “We get high because it makes us feel better than when we are not.” This is why many of us have succumbed at some time or another to the siren call for mood-boosting substances.

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Teenagers

Talking with Children about Addiction and Treatment

Resourced by Catherine Laine, Consultant, Silkworth Charity Group

Children today are faced with a world of choices. They're bombarded daily by information from a variety of sources; peers, family, school, and the media. They need tools to help them interpret these messages as they make decisions and navigate an increasingly complex world.

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How Addiction Hijacks The Brain

Resourced by Catherine Laine, Consultant, Silkworth Charity Group

The word “addiction” is derived from a Latin term for “enslaved by” or “bound to.”

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Alcoholism - A Personal View of Silkworth

By Anonymous

A personal account of my rapid descent into alcoholism, the journey I went through to beat this horrendous addictive illness and my life now as a recovering alcoholic.

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Understanding The Relapse Process

Resourced by Catherine Laine, Consultant, Silkworth Charity Group

Relapse refers to the process of returning to the use of alcohol or drugs after a period of abstinence. Relapse is a possibility for you regardless of how much time you have been sober. Part of your recovery plan should include learning about the relapse process and devising a plan to help prevent you from relapsing should warning signs occur.

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Family

Supporting Your Loved One In Recovery

Resourced by Catherine Laine, Consultant, Silkworth Charity Group

You may think that when someone finishes treatment, he or she shouldn't need further help to remain sober. The truth is that addiction is a chronic, progressive disease, and recovery is a lifelong process. That is why continuing care (care after a person leaves treatment) is so important. Research shows that people who continue to take steps to get help after treatment are far more likely to succeed than those who do nothing.

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After the Party is Over - Addiction in the Workplace

By Jason Wyse, Chief Executive Officer, Silkworth Charity Group

Now that the socialising that goes with the festive period is over for yet another year, this is the time where a lot of people consider new year resolutions, whether it be to get fitter and exercise more, eat healthier, drink less alcohol, etc. Whilst the motivation and enthusiasm is there at the beginning to see through these resolutions that have been set, life as we know still has to happen.

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Breaking the stereotypes

By Alan Kiley, Treatment Director, Silkworth Charity Group

Addiction is tragically and fundamentally misunderstood. Every part of the disease is distorted by myth and coloured by opinions which have no firm basis in fact. If the addict is ever to recover, the truth must be understood and the myths must be challenged and destroyed.

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What is alcohol really costing you?

By Alan Kiley, Treatment Director, Silkworth Charity Group

The subject of alcohol prices may be of news lately, but have you thought about the other costs your alcohol consumption might be having - to your health, your relationships, your job and your emotional wellbeing?

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Develop an attitude of Gratitude

By Alan Kiley, Treatment Director, Silkworth Charity Group

In the process of recovery from an addiction; to a substance, an attitude, or an unhealthy relationship, it is essential to develop newer, healthier thought processes and behaviours which will help reduce the impulsive and compulsive ones that have been present for a long time.

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Damage to family and friends - Understanding addiction as a 'Family Disease'

By Alan Kiley, Treatment Director, Silkworth Charity Group

In the process of recovery from an addiction; to a substance, an attitude, or an unhealthy relationship, it is essential to develop newer, healthier thought processes and behaviours which will help reduce the impulsive and compulsive ones that have been present for a long time.

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Damage to the children of addicts - Understanding the 'Family Disease'

By Alan Kiley, Treatment Director, Silkworth Charity Group

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The presence of a chemically dependant employee can have an extremely damaging affect in the workplace, on the organisation, on colleagues and clients as well as the business continuity.