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A blog about addiction and misuse, including alcohol.

This week in health – 12 October 2018

12Oct

Friday has arrived, but the end of talkhealth’s working week has not – we’ll be working at The Sleep Show in London all weekend. But Sleep Show or no Sleep Show, we bring you another brief round-up from the world … Continue reading

  

The success of the Stoptober 2017 campaign

29Nov

For another year, a focus on quitting smoking swept the nation with the Stoptober campaign. This is a 28 day long event run each October during which smokers are inspired to stop smoking. There is always a considerable amount of … Continue reading

  

Letting go of that last cigarette.

9Oct

It isn’t easy to stop smoking; I know because I used to smoke, I even became a secret smoker at one point. I would smoke about 5 a day and then reached 20 a day and I couldn’t even afford … Continue reading

  

3 Reasons to See a Therapist

29Aug

Despite the major advances in mental health, seeing a therapist still holds a stigma in general society. We are afraid to seek out help because in some way it’s means that we are “broken”. That we aren’t as healthy as … Continue reading

  

Factors Determining The Costs To Preserve Health

24May

In an ideal world, no cost is too high to preserve health, but the unfortunate reality of health care pricing is almost always a factor in deciding which treatment approaches to take. High Cost of Health Care Worldwide How expensive … Continue reading

  

Start Each Day Awake and Refreshed Naturally

12Apr

For many people, as they get older getting the proper amount of sleep just doesn’t seem possible. If you have trouble falling asleep every night or a few times in a week, you’re not alone. Scientific research shows that over … Continue reading

  

Discussing Ways to Achieve a Healthy Lifestyles with Children

12Apr

Children today live in a world that’s changing rapidly. Processed foods are the new norm and electronic devices are replacing activity. If you’re concerned that your children are caught up in the fast lane, it’s time to put your parenting … Continue reading

  

Quit smoking while pregnancy – No Smoking Day 8 March 2017

6Mar

March 8th 2017 is national no smoking day and for the estimated 15.8 % of the UK population who regularly light up this is the day you are encouraged to kick the habit. Parents to be are one particular group who … Continue reading

  

How to Choose a 30 Day Rehabilitation Program

14Feb

If you, or perhaps someone that you know, need to go to an intensive rehabilitation facility then you may be considering a 30 day program. This is exactly what it sounds like, a month on lock down without the influences … Continue reading

  

Do e-cigarettes work at helping you kick the habit?

19Jan

In the UK, smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death, accounting for around 96,000 deaths a year. This figure is more than those for obesity, alcohol, road traffic accidents, illegal drugs and HIV infection combined. The … Continue reading

  

The Fight To Stay Sober: Why You May Not Want To Battle Your Addiction On Your Own

12Jan

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Addiction – no matter what it is that you are addicted to – can be a very hard thing to beat on your own. There are many factors that play into why it is such a tough road for people … Continue reading

  

Uncovering the Causes of Self-Medication

5Jan

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We live in a world with thousands of different kinds of drugs. Some of these are common in our daily lives (caffeine, nicotine) and some are more exotic (ayhuasca). It doesn’t matter who you are or what your background is, … Continue reading

  

New Year Resolutions

3Jan

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  We hope you’ve all had a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! In the talkhealth office today, we’ve been talking about our various New Year resolutions. It’s safe to say we’ve all over-indulged this Christmas and several … Continue reading

  

How can family help substance addicts on the road to recovery?

17Nov

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Substance addiction can bring in a very powerful, negative impact to any individual and the people around him. In fact, substance addiction costs the US government around $200 billion per year, so the problem is indeed very demanding. But how … Continue reading

  

Alcohol awareness week

11Nov

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Did you know that next week (14-20 November) sees the start of alcohol awareness week? An initiative run by Alcohol Concern (you know them- the founders of Dry January!) which aims to raise awareness of the risks of alcohol to … Continue reading

  

5 Things You Should Do If You Have a Problem with Alcohol

24Oct

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There is no clearly defined line that separates moderate drinking from problem drinking. If you feel ashamed of your drinking, hide your habit from others, or feel that you “need” to drink in order to feel better, you may have … Continue reading

  

Dangers of New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as legal highs

20Sep

This video tells the very tragic story of Laurence, the son of a lovely family I know who live on the same street as me. On the 1st anniversary of Laurence’s passing (19.09.15), please share this video with your family … Continue reading

  

What to Do if Your Young Adult Has an Addiction to Marijuana

23Nov

Addiction to a substance can begin at any age, but more often than not it starts when a person is a teen or young adult. Marijuana is a common drug for teenagers to begin taking, and if you think that … Continue reading

  

Stress and Self Medicating: A Deadly Combination

17Nov

There is no denying the fact that stress can be very damaging to a person’s physical and mental well-being. Stress is common and isn’t necessarily a bad thing, however, when a person is unable to handle it effectively it can … Continue reading

  

Your Recovery Toolbox: How to Adopt Physical Exercise While Beating Your Addiction

8Oct

Fighting an addiction of any kind may be one of the most difficult things you will ever do in your life. Relapse rates are notoriously high among recovering addicts – as many as 60% will relapse at some point, and … Continue reading

  

Can e-cigarettes and liquids help smokers quit sooner?

1Oct

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So you want to quit smoking. Whereas you may have tried in the past – using nicotine patches, gum, or inhalers – and view e-cigarettes as nothing more than another fad that’s going to leave you turning back to your … Continue reading

  

Were you aware ?

1Sep

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Yesterday was August Bank Holiday in the UK, for me it was a fairly wet dull day. It was also International Overdose Awareness Day, the aim of which is to raise awareness of overdose and reduce the stigma of drug … Continue reading

  

E-cigarettes. I am confused.

21Aug

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I admit I am a little out of touch with latest trends and e -cigarettes are no exception . I like many tried cigarettes in my teens but did not like them and never got the habit. I understand that … Continue reading

  

What exactly is in e-liquid?

4Jun

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Vapers will have heard the magnificent and varied lexicon of flavours, tastes, smells and fantastically elaborate names of e-liquids. They’ll know the feeling in their throat and might be able to compare with the rawness of a cigar or cigarette. … Continue reading

  

Should E-cigarettes Be Used Every Day?

21May

The controversial topic of e-cigarettes has been overtaking the media ever since we were hit by the surprising popularity of vaporisers in 2013. By 2014, half of smokers had tried e-cigarettes, 2.1 million people were using them, and an estimated … Continue reading

  

Is Binge Drinking Really That Bad?

20May

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What the UK Government defines as binge drinking might come as a shock to some. Binge drinking is defined as the intake of twice the recommended daily alcohol limit. For men that means eight units, the equivalent of four pints … Continue reading

  

Should We Fear the Recreational Use of Cough Syrup?

25Mar

When you think of cough syrup, chances are you think of the over-the-counter kind, the type you take in order to soothe the symptoms of a common cough. For many other people across the U.S. however, cough syrup means “sizzurp” … Continue reading

  

Recent talkhealth Survey Results

3Feb

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To coincide with our Online Clinics we ran a survey in November on Erectile Dysfunction, in December on Drink Awareness and in January on Weight Management.  A brief summary of the results are below with links to the full findings. … Continue reading

  

The FEELS

30Dec

When I started writing about my weight loss journey I imagined myself sitting at my laptop being witty and wise and hopefully inspirational. Whats happened is Ive opened a can of worms where my feelings about my metamorphasis have bubbled … Continue reading

  

The Magic Pill

21Dec

Ive traveled the country chatting to many different groups about my weight loss journey and the various issues surrounding weight.  At the end there is a Q&A session and there are two questions that ALWAYS pop up.  I’ve got to … Continue reading

  

Support for health & wellbeing of employees

18Dec

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On 1 December 2014, talkhealth were invited by Fluor, to attend their Health & Wellbeing event. The event was hosted at Fluor’s offices in Farnborough, Hampshire and the invitation to attend was extended to over 1,000 of its employees.      … Continue reading

  

Alcohol and atopic eczema

17Dec

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  Some trigger factors for  acute atopic eczema flare-ups are easier to recognise than others. Those that are better known are stress, season, and allergies. Others include air-conditioning, sleep-overs, and drinking alcohol, for example. Alcoholic drinks like beer, spirits and wine … Continue reading

  

Dream a little dream.

8Dec

Lets talk about inspiration.  Specifically inspiration to lose weight. Why are you putting yourself through the upheaval of making all these changes?  Lets face it, its a right pain in the arse so whats your motivation? Are you doing it … Continue reading

  

Alcohol Concern release an ‘Alcohol Harm Map’ as part of latest alcohol awareness campaign.

16Oct

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Ever wondered about the greater implications of excessive alcohol consumption? Today Alcohol Concern has released an Alcohol Harm map as part of their campaign to increase awareness