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Alcohol Addiction

Get The Best Alcohol Addiction Treatment For Your Needs

One of the challenges of alcohol addiction is that it can be extremely complex, but it’s also highly treatable. However, treatments need to be tailored to the needs of the individual, and finding the best clinic is key for your recovery. Our clinicians provide advice on a range of issues, including information on alcohol addiction,…

Drug and Alcohol

I don’t need drug and alcohol rehab! I can get a detox at home.

Let me start by saying that it is possible to do this, and I work with a consultant psychiatrist in addictions who can do this for you.

Cold Turkey

Cold turkey is for boxing day only : The dangers of withdrawal

This is never a good idea. While I am not here to change your mind, If I were able to speak to you, in person, right now, I would do my best to encourage you not to. You may have seen this in films and television shows, but they can never portray how dangerous this…

Continuing on prescribed medication when going into rehab

Continuing prescribed medication in a rehab centre

Is this possible? I sincerely hope it is! No center should ever try and change your prescribed medication.

How the drug and alcohol sector works

Not all services are the same: How the drug and alcohol sector works with referral agencies.

The short answer is: YES! A lot of drug and alcohol centers have their own referral websites, using different company names.

CareQuality Commissions

Ensure your centre is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Anyone providing, what is known as “regulated” activity has to be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in England.

Methadone

Methadone rots your teeth, get’s into your bones and was invented by Adolf Hitler.

Many patients will tell you that Methadone rots your teeth, get's into your bones and was invented by Adolf Hitler:not true . Legend has it that there were declining stocks of morphine held by the Axis forces during world war two.

Unregistered rehabilitation centre

The dangers of using an unregistered center.Ensure the centre you use is registered: or else!

In an ideal world, everyone in the sector only has the best interests of clients to heart. There is nothing wrong with making a profit, otherwise private services would not exist.

Gabapentin and Pregabalin

Pregabalin and Gabapentin: Easy to start, difficult to stop!

The gabapentinoid drugs gabapentin and pregabalin are anti epileptic drugs that are considered as first-line treatments for the management of neuropathic pain.

Antabuse

Antabuse: It has it’s uses but not for detox

Antabuse: It has its uses but is not a detox medication. The best piece of advice I can give in relation to Antabuse is: Avoid it! Well, at first, anyway.

hospital Bed

Yes, I will go to rehab, but only for a week! The considerations of rapid detox

First, I would never advise anyone to do this. While it is possible, only a very few centers will take clients for a week, and only in limited circumstances.

Benzodiazepines

Benzodiazepines: Mothers little helper or a monster in a bottle?

Benzodiazepines: Mother’s little helper or a monster in a bottle? In 1966 the Rolling Stones had a hit record entitled: mothers' little helper.

gold

All that glitters is not gold: Referral agents are there to sell.

When a potential client calls a rehab centre they are assured, most of the time, that the phone will be answered.

horse

Ketamine dependency can cause permanent bladder damage

If you are not a horse, stay away from Ketamine! What I mean is, unless you have four legs, a tail and eat carrots from a bucket after a meal of hay, then this is not something anyone should be using: Except for when it is prescribed during a medical procedure.

man hold head in hands

Rehab is for quitters! Will it work for me?

No, not everyone who goes into rehab will come out and never relapse. To say that this is not true is to say that the moon is made of cheese. It is an uncomfortable fact but a harsh reality.