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A blog about addiction and misuse, including alcohol.

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 of alcohol use. Interestingly this campaign allows people to look directly at their … Continue reading

  

Nutrition & Hydration Week 17-23 March

19Mar

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Water  – did you know that it’s the best fuel for a healthy life – and in fact one of the most precious and important commodities in the world? Water makes up 2/3rds of our body and therefore it is … Continue reading

  

#talkhealth Twitter Chat – Should ecigs be banned for under 18’s?

27Jan

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Tonight is the first of our #talkhealth weekly Twitter Chats. Each Monday from 8-9pm we will be hosting a Twitter Chat based around a topical health news story of the week. Tonight it’s all about electronic cigarettes. “Should ecigarettes be … Continue reading

  

Sticking To New Year’s Resolutions Does Not Depend On Will Power

17Jan

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Those struggling to stick to their New Year’s resolution might take comfort in scientists’ assertion that will power has very little to do with a person’s character. Professor Nick Chater revealed that the environment is a far bigger factor in … Continue reading

  

Painting Over The Walls To Hide The Cracks

5Oct

Shane used a brilliant phrase in his post last month entitled “What If Everything You Thought You Knew Was A Lie?” describing how Doctors tend to paint over the cracks rather than fixing the problem to get to the root of the … Continue reading

  

Improvements to drink-drive rehabilitation scheme

16Jul

The Driving Standards Agency (DSA) has announced changes to the Drink-Drive Rehabilitation Scheme (DDRS) to offer more consistent quality standards and wider availability of courses as well as transferring the full cost to the user rather than the taxpayer. DDRS … Continue reading

  

Lowering the odds.

3Jul

Everyone knows how to lose weight.  Its not rocket science!  It may not be easy, but its not difficult. Like playing the lottery, the rules may be simple and the prize life changing but the odds are enormous.  So, what … Continue reading

  

Alcohol is the anaesthesia by which we endure the operation of life – George Bernard Shaw

19Jun

I have been wrestling with this post for some considerable time, I am getting fed up with it being in my drafts – hanging over me every time I look at my list. I promised Alex Gazzola that I would … Continue reading

  

Time For Tailored, Bespoke Care

10Apr

  Every other life threatening illness receives specialist care. As each patient will present with a unique set of diagnostic problems, the treatment will be altered for their best outcome. For the most part, there is blanket coverage with alcohol … Continue reading

  

Are we a nation of secret boozers?

27Feb

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According to the news today the UK is a nation of secret boozers. New figures show that around half of us lie about how much we drink. A team at the University College London ran a study into our drinking … Continue reading

  

Gazza admitted to US addiction centre

5Feb

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It’s no secret that former Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur player, Paul Gascoigne has battled with alcoholism since giving up football. His Management Company today confirmed that he has willingly gone to the US and admitted himself into a specilist … Continue reading

  

New Puritan or New Goddess?

3Feb

I have been hearing across the social media networks, that we non drinkers are somehow the New Puritans. That title suggests to me that we have a rather holier than thou attitude. As if we are in some way superior … Continue reading

  

How will you stick to your New Year’s Resolutions? Read some top tips to beat the odds

2Jan

Almost 1 in 10 (9%) New Year’s resolutions last at least 6 months but almost 4 in 10 (39%) will be over in 2 weeks. More than 4 in 10 (45%) say lack of willpower is to blame for why … Continue reading

  

The Aftermath of Christmas

27Dec

How was your Christmas? Jolly, Happy, Joyous and Fun? Perhaps Peaceful and Relaxing? On Christmas Night, I am always grateful these days,  that it was scattered with the above, tired but still with a clear head, of not having to … Continue reading

  

Chronic diseases now the biggest healthcare burden

14Dec

An interesting article has appeared in PM Live, based on several articles recently published in The Lancet. These articles reveal that advancements in treating infections and tackling malnutrition have seen chronic diseases and disability become the biggest global healthcare burdens. … Continue reading

  

The Festive Season

7Dec

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you say the word Festive? It might not be just booze, but it will feature in the mind’s eye somewhere. The old values of peace and good will seems to … Continue reading

  

Minimum Pricing

26Nov

How will this affect the way we would drink? I can only speak from my own area of expertise, that is women and mothers of the Middle Class persuasion with a dependence. The answer for them, is not in the … Continue reading

  

Festive season triggers concerns about Alcohol misuse

20Nov

There’s no more fitting a time than the weeks running up to Christmas, to highlight the concerns about alcohol misuse, particularly in the workplace, warns workplace health and wellbeing organisation, Health@Work. Health@Work regularly works with organisations to get their workforce … Continue reading

  

Stigma, I am Sick of It

7Nov

The word Alcoholic conjures up almost without fail, an image of a totally disadvantaged and desolate person, either living rough or in dire circumstances. Weak and worthless individuals who have brought the whole mess on themselves. I am truly sick … Continue reading

  

Alcoholism Shortens Life More Than Smoking: Study

1Nov

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Women have the highest risk of dying prematurely, researchers report I had to share this on my blog, and this is no small, throw away statistic. It was carried out over 14 years and included 4000 people. Those that know … Continue reading

  

Far From Sublime

16Oct

As over eight million TV’s beam into our sitting rooms most evenings, I am constantly amazed at the amount of both subliminal advertising and situations that make you NEED a drink. Buying a sofa? You better have a bottle ready! … Continue reading

  

Side Effects and Health Warnings

9Oct

This is an ageless, classless illness, and one that is so very difficult to come to terms with. We all regret that we cannot be ‘normal’ drinkers, whatever they are, in the early days, but I often wonder if someone … Continue reading

  

Means the world to me

25Sep

Over the years I have been humbled by the goodness shown to me from many clients. Their gratitude always makes me feel a little shy though, and only a conduit to their inner strength to overcome one of the most … Continue reading

  

Cancer Warning for Women who like a Glass of Wine or Three

22Sep

They are the problem drinkers missed by government efforts to curb alcohol misuse – women, often middle-class and professional, who share a bottle of wine with a partner over dinner each night, putting their health at risk. Unnoticed because they … Continue reading

  

INSOMNIA…NOOOOOOO – SLEEP-YEEESSSSSSS

22Sep

How much sleep do you get? Not getting enough sleep isn’t good.Requiring too much sleep can be just as bad…either way something could be wrong with your health. Sleep has ALWAYS been one of my favorite pastimes,as a teen, I … Continue reading

  

Acknowledgement For Harrogate Sanctuary

17Sep

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I received this encouraging email from Baroness Newlove today, and with support like this, we will fight on with our aims to liberate women from the strangle hold of alcohol addiction. Dear Sarah, I am very grateful to you for … Continue reading

  

Alcohol Is Never Top of the Government Agenda

10Sep

Now smokers are going to be encouraged in October, to give up en mass. According to some Government Tsar, we are all herd/pack animals so will find it much easier to be texted by some smoking cessation team to egg … Continue reading

  

The Best of Times, The Worst of Times.

25Aug

‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season … Continue reading

  

Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner

12Aug

Gandhi always knew how to nail a subject, and never better with this quote when referring to alcohol addiction. Even the sinner using alcohol hates the sin that they are embroiled in. Without becoming narcissistic, to recover you really have … Continue reading

  

The Bravery of Surrender

1Aug

It becomes more apparent to me each day of how courageous the step to surrender, honestly and openly is. Those who have never been addicted are often not only totally perplexed, but also appalled at the behaviour of a drunk. … Continue reading

  

The Sanctuary goes Global!

30Jul

Slight exaggeration, but since my work was featured in the Yorkshire local press, I have been overwhelmed with enquiries. To this end, I have decided to offer telephone counselling to those outside of my catchment area. We are also working … Continue reading

  

Proportion of school children taking drugs fell over the past decade, says new report

26Jul

11 to 15-year-old pupils are also smoking and drinking less than ten years ago Drug-taking among secondary school children fell by 12 percentage points in the past ten years, according to new figures out today from the Health and Social … Continue reading

  

The Inner Child

24Jul

Even after all these years of being sober, using common sense and logic, facing the world without the aid of any enhancing drugs or medicines that take away the rough edges, I still have yet to come to terms with … Continue reading

  

Risks and Reward

18Jul

I have always been fascinated by risk takers, and when I was at the height of my drinking career, I took many risks. Not only with my health, and my relationships, but sometimes I am quite sure I got a … Continue reading

  

So Much to Do, So Little Time..

30Jun

First of all apologises for my absence for the last few weeks. Life has been full of customers who have battled long and hard with the demon drink. Time is such a fundemental thing that we all take for granted. … Continue reading

  

Alcohol and Depression

6Jun

It has been an incredibly busy couple weeks at the Sanctuary, clients presenting with trepidation as the Jubilee celebrations approached, and looking for avoidance tactics or more upsetting, ways of completely missing out on what should be a happy event … Continue reading

  

The Re-Birth

16May

At first I was on the pink cloud of Euphoria with my sobriety. Everything in those initial weeks was clean and fresh. There was so much I wanted to prove, and so much I wanted to do. All the hiding … Continue reading

  

The Simple Truth

10May

Many women tell me almost jokingly, that they now only have time to binge. The truth is, as shown by a recent study, women from managerial or professional backgrounds are 19 per cent more likely to drink heavily at home, … Continue reading

  

The Final Performance

8May

Life had now really begun to freefall. On top of my vast alcohol addiction, trying to fend off debt collectors, and keeping some kind of structure to my son’s daily routine, the stress became too much for my husband and … Continue reading

  

I’m Not Alone

3May

This article sums up so much of the consequences that I see on a daily basis, and well worth a read. Think I will stick to my Pomegranate Juice!! Dr Smith-Laing, liver specialist, pulls no punches. ‘Until about 10 years ago, … Continue reading

  

The Days of Wine and Roses

1May

After my booze fuelled twenties, partying, being involved in the most precarious situations, along with one or two brushes with death due to car accidents, invincible, devil may care me, hit 30. My life had really spiralled out of control … Continue reading

  

The Roaring Twenties!

26Apr

My tolerance in my late teens and twenties was amazing. Whether it is genetics or not, I obviously had inherited hollow legs, and throughout my twenties could drink a country dry with little side effect. It also gave me confidence … Continue reading

  

Truth and Honesty

23Apr

This is an off piste post, but I just had to share from reading another blog, the contents of which touched me enormously along with my take on the acceptance of drinking to excess. I am never surprised at the … Continue reading

  

THE INSTANT ALCOHOLIC.

18Apr

After the death of my Father, aged 13, the isolation became immense. My elder Brother was away at school, and my Mother was in the grip of both alcohol misuse and grief. I had friends at school and played a … Continue reading

  

Tragic Beginnings

13Apr

I am not sure whether or not I was born to be alcoholic, the jury is still out from my point of view on the genetic connection. There is very strong arguments for this to be the case and indeed … Continue reading

  

WHY MIDDLE CLASS WOMEN ARE DYING FOR A DRINK

9Apr

There is no doubt that more Middle Class, Middle Aged professional working Mothers are drinking too much, along with stay at home Mums. Wine seems to be the drug of choice. Over the last 20 years or so it has … Continue reading

  

I am Sarah and I am an alcoholic…

5Apr

I am Sarah and I am an alcoholic. Not active, an ex alcoholic. The first statement is one that many are familiar with, quoted millions of times at the famous AA meetings. Prior to my sobriety, those words always conjured … Continue reading