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Addiction and how families deal with addicts.

If there is one thing the world needs to shout loudly about addiction, it is this: Addiction doesn’t only affect one person, the addict, but also their entire family. Being addicted to alcohol or drugs deteriorates the physical health of the addict. It spoils the spirit and impairs their mental activities. It also eats away […]

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Healthy holiday gift ideas for someone in recovery

Holiday shopping can be super tricky for someone in recovery. We all have that someone who is difficult to shop for. Now imagine someone who is going through the journey of addiction recovery – it can be a HUGE hiccup when festive season shopping. If you happen to have a loved one who is on […]

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Stay Sober in a Toxic Environment

Party Season … it can be a Toxic and unhealthy Environment for all us Addicts Picture driving along in a car and you reach a fork in the road. You can go left or right and you cannot turn around once you make a decision. The road on the left loops you around back to […]

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Tips for surviving a sober holiday

Sober for the Festive Season If you are newly sober, firstly congratulations, this is a marvelous and world-changing achievement, and secondly, don’t stress about the festive season, We have a bunch of great tips to make sure you go into the silly season sober, and you come out of it just as sober!   Walk […]

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What Happens At Rage Stays At Rage

Wrong!  That’s in a perfect world. What happens at Rage goes on Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter the types of social platforms goes on and on. Pictures of you doing things that may embarrass you for years to come will be out there on the internet forever. Not to mention the live options that we are […]

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Designer Drugs:  An ugly truth

What’s in a name: Designer Drugs and their effects Designer drugs. You may have heard the term in passing conversation, or know someone who is on them. You may even be on them and need help getting off them but don’t know what they are. A designer drug is a synthetic substance that is sold […]

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Consequences of addiction

Dealing with the consequences of addiction. If you have ever dealt with someone who has been involved in the world of addiction you will know that it is a complicated disease.  Addicts cannot stop taking a substance or carrying out behaviour which causes damage to themselves or those around them. It can set off a […]

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Understanding Synthetic Marijuana (Spice, K2, Mojo)

Everything you need to know about Synthetic Marijuana The chemicals in synthetic marijuana are designed to have similar qualities to that of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Most commonly spice is ingested via smoking but it can also be added to drinks or added to food as an edible drug. Marijuana […]

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Stay Sober during Halloween

How do I stay sober this Halloween and more generally, over the festive period? There is a strange, almost eerie period after getting sober at a drug addiction treatment centre. It’s that first holiday after you reach sobriety.  With Halloween happening this week, and more relevantly, party season almost upon us, let’s try stay sober […]

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Legalisation of Private use of Marijuana

South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court of South Africa recently decriminalised marijuana /cannabis (dagga) use and legalizes private cultivation The reason behind the decriminalisation of recreational and medical marijuana? It said the ban was in contradiction to its constitution which gives citizens the right to privacy. But what does this mean to us? And […]

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Life after Drug Rehab – the Inpatient Programme

 After Drug Rehab What are your options Continuing Care Programme / Residential Inpatient Treatment Programme (No. 2 ongoing from the previous article – “What to Expect when you get to Rehab“) Your last day at a drug and alcohol rehab at residential treatment facility can be just as unnerving as the first one. After drug rehab having been […]

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South Africa’s Leading Rehab in Johannesburg

Houghton House Rehab in Johannesburg – Saving Lives since 1995 Founded by Alex Hamlyn 23 years ago. Houghton House Rehab in Johannesburg has grown from its modest beginnings. From a halfway house started by Alex Hamlyn and Russell Unterslak in 1995 to the group of treatment centres it is now. At the time Alex had moved […]

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What to Expect when you get to Rehab

So the question is always “what can I expect when I get to rehab?” (First in a series of what to expect –  No.2 – Life after Drug Rehab – the Inpatient Programme) Leaving your comfort zone for the treatment centres of a rehab facility is an unnerving prospect, but it is often the only solution […]

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Kick the Drinking Habit – 6 Reasons Why

Why sobriety leads to a better life. The Drinking habit – It’s a pastime that many South Africans take part in. For some it’s considered an ‘ice breaker,’ while for others it’s a way to find a connection in a crowd of strangers. One thing is for sure, it has become such a common pastime […]

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4 Tips for Single Moms in Early Recovery

4 Tips for Single Moms in Early Recovery

Maintaining long-term sobriety particularly in early recovery This is a challenge for anyone struggling with alcohol and/or substance abuse. As addiction spreads rampant across the globe, many renowned scientists and psychologists have been huge advocates in identifying the illness as a disease of the brain rather than an issue of morality. For seemingly hopeless addicts […]

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Tell-tale signs that you need rehab right now

Do you need rehab right now? Repeat after me, you need rehab. ADDICTS NEED HELP. Say it loudly. And proudly. Most rehabilitation centres offer exclusive treatment for addicts which sits on a level tucked between the intensity of inpatient medical care and the more independent level gained from outpatient treatment. What needs to be made very […]

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Is Drunk Me the Real Me,

Is Drunk Me the Real Me, Taking a Deeper Look at Yourself

Alcohol is an omnipresent part of the society we live in. But if you can’t stop after just one or two drinks, you may eventually fall down the rabbit hole of a blackout, only to wake to the harsh reality in the morning, laced with the ugly, embarrassing truths of the things that you have […]

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Mixing Benzodiazepines and Alcohol, and Why it's Bad for you

Mixing Benzodiazepines and Alcohol, and Why it’s Bad for you

There is a very specific reason why you will see alarmingly bright warning signs on the sides of prescription bottles. Like a poisonous fish,  the colours are a warning to be careful before you consume and to be careful about what you consume when taking the medication.  One of those warnings relates to mixing Benzodiazepines […]

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Do you have a friend who you think needs help for addiction?

Are you an Addict who needs Help or does a Friend need help for Addiction? There are many forms of addiction, and it covers a wide range of obsession and dependence. From enjoying something as apparently innocent as shopping or working – all the way to alcohol and hard drugs, they are all degrees of […]

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The connection between addiction and mental health

The Connection Between Addiction and Mental Health

What if I told you that the substance abuse may not be your only problem? What if the drug and/or alcohol addiction you have was preceded by something else? A mental disorder? Or the other way around? There is a strong connection between addiction and mental health. For many years, it was suggested that you […]

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What you should know about addiction support as an outsider.

What you should know about addiction support as an outsider.

Addiction Support. The words are thrown around by the media, by your friends and by almost everyone in some form. Joe is addicted to ice cream. Mary is addicted to exercise. But what about when it comes to substance addiction? If you have never been addicted to a drug or alcohol can you understand what […]

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Addiction in the Workplace

How to Deal with Addiction in the Workplace

How to deal with addiction in the workplace We spend a good amount of our life at work.  We deal with deadlines, stress and other issues which affect our emotions right there at our desk. Another issue you must be aware of like it or not is drug abuse at work. Do you know how […]

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Alcoholism and its Devastating Effects on South African Society

Alcoholism and its Devastating Effects on South African Society

Alcoholism and its devastating effects on South African society Throughout the world alcohol and its abuse causes devastation with far-reaching socio and economic effects. Alcohol is the primary drug of abuse in South Africa1 partially due to its accessibility, legal status and social acceptability. From the high-powered businessman who enjoys Friday cocktails with clients and […]

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Is the Child of an Alcoholic Parent at a Higher Risk

Is the child of an alcoholic parent at a higher risk of becoming an alcoholic due to genetics or exposure?  Unfortunately the answer to this is, “Yes”. Children who have one alcoholic parent have a 60% chance of becoming one. This percentage rises to 80% if both parents are alcoholics1. Is the Child of an […]

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Drug Addiction South Africa – A Leading SA Rehab Centre Takes A Look

Drug Addiction South Africa Leading SA Rehab Centre Takes A Look: No one can ignore the fact that alcohol, drug abuse and drug addiction are on the rise and that not only in our country but throughout the world. While the latest, accurate statistics are very difficult to access (the latest local stats we managed to source […]

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Addiction, Recovery and Rehabilitation – A Leading SA Rehab Centre

Houghton House is the leading SA Rehab Centre. It is estimated that 15% of South Africa’s population suffer from some form of substance abuse but this is very difficult to verify due the clandestine nature of the problem and the stigma attached to it. Statistics are dated although it is claimed that drug consumption in […]

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Tell-tale signs that you need rehab, now!

There is always help for a person suffering with an addiction. The choice to admit to yourself that you need rehab is not always as clear as we would like to think however once checked in, a rehabilitation centre gives a person a form of treatment which sits between two important levels, the intense care […]

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HOW TO SPOT DRUG ABUSE IN A LOVED ONE

Determining or how to spot drug abuse in a loved one, whether it be your offspring or a sibling, spouse, friend or colleague, is difficult given the emotional investment you’ve probably made in the relationship. Part of you is reluctant to believe such things of the person involved, and social stigma might have its way […]

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A Place of Hope for South African Substance Abusers

Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centre is making it even easier to find help no matter where you are with an emergency line which makes help and treatment more accessible than ever, offering  a place of hope for South African substance abusers. Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centre in Johannesburg is fast becoming the place to recommend […]

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Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation

Unravelling Addiction, Recovery and Rehabilitation – Learnings from a Leading SA Rehab Centre The sad reality is that in modern society drug and alcohol abuse are becoming more and more prevalent and impact not only on the users but also those close to them; family, friends and loved ones. Drug and alcohol addiction does not […]

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My Son is an Addict.

My son is in jail. I love him. He is 24 years old and a drug addict. I know him better than anyone else. He is beautiful, kind, caring and smart. He is also an addict and is going to spend half a decade in prison because he was convicted for possessing with intention to […]

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How Can I Tell if my Drinking is Out of Control

With alcohol being a legal and socially acceptable mind altering substance, it is sometimes difficult to know if your relationship with drinking is unhealthy. In the society we live in where alcohol flows freely at any get-together, how can I tell if my drinking is out of control? Six serious signs that your drinking is […]

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My friend the addict, what should I do?

My friend the addict, how can I help? It can happen in an instant. You wake up one day and realise that your friend of 20 years has a substance abuse problem. So what is next? How do you, his best friend react? What do you say? What do you do?  Firstly, before you blow gasket […]

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Our Extended Inpatient Care Programme for Rehab

The first and most difficult step of breaking free of addiction is to ask for help. You might begin with a simple search on the Internet with the words: find a rehab near me, or you might reach out to a loved one. However you do it, know that this is the best decision you […]

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Suckers for Pain – Lean

Why Lean is Uncool – Downright Dangerous – and will Kill You Last September rapper Lil Wayne once again had to cancel a show when he was hospitalized for multiple violent seizures. While Weezy has struggled with epilepsy throughout his life, it’s no secret that his addiction to Lean (also known as “Sizzurp” or “Purple […]

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Why halfway houses help keep addicts clean

Life is tough, especially when you’ve had your crutch taken away. That’s why halfway houses exist: to offer the support and structure needed to rebuild your life post-addiction. All names have been changed to protect their anonymity. Houghton House halfway Houses. Shaun couldn’t shake his addiction to cocaine. “I tried. Multiple times. Was in and […]

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Porn Addiction – The XXX Factor

Is porn addiction such a big deal? The arrival of the Internet has not only changed the way humans communicate, study, do business and shop; it’s also changed our sexual behaviour dramatically. In fact, the consumption of porn online has mushroomed beyond control with more Porn Addiction sufferers that ever before. A study in 2016 […]

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Happiness is a choice.

Happy people know that happiness is a choice Happiness is a way of life and they have made the decision to be happy, no matter what. According to studies “even trying to be happy can boost our emotional well-being” making a case for thinking yourself happy.   “Nothing will make you happy… Until you choose […]

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How to Help Addicts – Recognizing who needs help.

When trying to help addicts, there’s nothing worse than that feeling of helplessness watching someone you care for destroying his or her life (and the lives of those around them) through addiction to alcohol, drugs or a combination of both. Take heart knowing that you CAN do something to help. It won’t be easy on […]

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Process Addiction and Other Types of Addictive Behaviour

Process Addiction and Other Types of Addictive Behaviour

Games, Sex, Food: the other addictions. It’s not only drugs and alcohol that create addicts. Some things we take for granted in our lives can too. What does Candy Crush have in common with cocaine? How can watching porn be like mainlining heroin? And why is food, an essential part of life, a drug that […]

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Staying Sober Over the Silly Season

Staying Sober Over the Silly Season

It’s that time of year when everyone is gearing down for the holidays and everyone is in “party mode.” Well, not everyone. In fact, this is the worst time of year to be an addict. The constant partying and socializing means you are exposed to temptation more than at any other time. It’s also a […]

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The Short Straw: TIK (Crystal Meth) Abuse in South Africa

The Short Straw: TIK (Crystal Meth) Abuse in South Africa. Tik has made headlines in South Africa as one of the most addictive and destructive drugs out there. Of the Tik abusers who are fortunate enough to enter a rehab programme, many will struggle and many will be unsuccessful. Unless they stay the course and […]

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Houghton House Combats New zombie Drug Flakka

Flakka – “Zombie Drug”

Everything You Need To Know About Flakka Flakka has been described as 10 times more powerful than Cocaine and more addictive than Tik (methamphetamine). It can overheat your body to the point where your organs – including your brain – literally boil. The Internet is full of videos showing users “possessed” by the drug: smashing […]

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GHB Addiction - Liquid Ecstasy - The Date Rape Drug

GHB Addiction – Liquid Ecstasy – The Date Rape Drug

GHB Addiction – Liquid Ecstasy – The Date Rape Drug Recreational Use (abuse) At higher doses, GHB may induce nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, agitation,  visual disturbances, depressed breathing, amnesia, unconsciousness,  and death. When death is associated with GHB, it is usually in conjunction with other drugs, such as alcohol or depressants. The effects of GHB can last from 1.5 to […]

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Addiction Relapse Triggers

10 Most Common Addiction Relapse Triggers

Some people believe that addiction relapse is inevitable – but that is absolutely not true. Being aware of these 10 most common addiction relapse triggers is your first step towards long-term addiction recovery. To say relapse is part of recovery is wrong, relapse is part of addiction. One of most effective techniques for preventing relapse […]

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What Is An Addict

What Is An Addict?

 What is an addict? An addict is a man or woman whose life is controlled by drugs. and here are some signs and symptoms to look out for erratic behaviour mood swings loss of weigh not taking care of appearance late for appointments missing important meetings/family get togethers financial problem and more specifically: 1. Signs […]

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There Is A Fine Line Between Regular Drug Use And Drug Abuse

There is a fine line between regular use and drug abuse and addiction. Very few addicts are able to recognize when they have crossed that line. While frequency or the amount of drugs consumed do not necessarily constitute drug abuse or addiction, they can often be indicators of drug-related problems. Drug abuse may start as […]

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Are creative people prone to drug and alcohol abuse?

Are creative people prone to drug and alcohol abuse?

Are creative people prone to drug and alcohol abuse? The problem is temperate people make for uninteresting biographies, and we tend to remember the troubled lives of Van Gough or Faulkner, while forgetting the mellow lives of Monet or J.R.R. Tolkien. So, the answer to the question may be we all tend to notice and […]

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What is the drug Nyaope?

What is the Drug Nyaope?

South Africa’s Scourge of Nyaope Nyaope an illegal drug also known as Whoonga drug is a dangerous and highly addictive South African street drug. Nyaope is a fine powder that is usually combined with marijuana (dagga) and smoked, it can also be snorted or injected. Nyaope’s main ingredient is Heroin. It is not always clear what all […]

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Summer Fun In Recovery from Addiction

Summer Fun In Recovery from Addiction

Summer Fun In Recovery From Addiction “Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”  so says that tune! Many of us look forward to this time as a time of relaxing, recharging and spending time with our loved ones and friends. The reality is that summer time is actually a time of increased stress. There’s a saying […]

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What Drives Us To Addiction?

What Drives Us To Addiction?

What Drives Us To Addiction? Anybody can suffer from addiction, be it to alcohol, drugs, or anything else. Addiction places no importance on age, race, or background – it can happen to anybody, and it’s on the rise. That’s what makes treating the illness both difficult and rewarding; every addict will have their own story […]

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Common Habits of Highly Addictive People

Common Habits of Highly Addictive People

These are seven common habits of highly addicted people: • Withdrawing from loved ones Individuals are consumed by their drug of choice and spend a significant amount of their time using drugs. This means they will usually skip social meetings or gatherings or will arrive late and leave early. They might not respond to emails, phone […]

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Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety Recovery is a lifelong battle. There is no report card or final grade. A life filled with long-term recovery and a life in sobriety, is a life that will bring you happiness and joy. So much that it may leave you feeling undeserving of the gifts you have […]

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A Day In The Life Of A Mother Of A Heroin Addict

A Day In The Life Of A Mother Of A Heroin Addict

 Heroin Addiction:  A Day In The Life Of A Mother Of A Heroin Addict Its midnight and the rest of the world is sleeping but I am not. My thoughts have me wide awake. I know I have to work so think I should try to lay down. So I curl up on the couch […]

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World Drug Day 26th June

World Drug Day 26th June

On 26 June the global spotlight falls on World Drug Day International Day Against Drug Abuse  and Illicit Trafficking, 26 June and we look at the concerning statistics regarding drug abuse as well as the role of rehabilitation in the treatment of addiction.  The impact of addiction on society is far reaching. It is placing more […]

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No one ever asks me why I don't shoot heroin.

No one ever asks me why I don’t shoot heroin.

  …yet everybody asks me why I don’t drink alcohol! In my social circle it’s a general opinion that heroin is extremely destructive – only junkies do heroin, those ugly homeless people with bad skin, prostitutes and low life men. The cliche of a heroin addict. Socially, the question of using heroin, well …it never […]

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An Addict's Version of "I'm Fine"!

An Addict’s Version of “I’m Fine”!

I’m Fine Addict: “Just one more… and then I’ll stop … Just the one… and that will be it… No problem… … and as the hours fly past… and more becomes all… and all …becomes …everything… No problem …I’ll stop tomorrow – easy. It’s all good.” It’s never “easy” – watching someone at full flight […]

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BODY IMAGE CRISIS - EATING DISORDERS

BODY IMAGE CRISIS – EATING DISORDERS

About So Much More than Just Food Body Image Crisis: We live in an era where millions of women and men are silently suffering through a personal body image crisis. You may not be diagnosed with an eating disorder but just because you don’t meet the full criteria for anorexia or bulimia doesn’t mean that […]

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Celebrating Sobriety with Houghton House

Celebrating Sobriety with Houghton House

Celebrating your Sobriety with Houghton House. Making your one year sober anniversary is a monumental achievement, a milestone if you will. Getting to one year clean takes hard work. A recovering alcoholic/addict who makes it to one year, has committed to making difficult life changes. This achievement should not be underplayed but rather celebrated. In one […]

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Having Fun Sober after coming out of Rehab

Having Fun Sober after Coming out of Rehab

Having Fun Sober My fellow addicts, we are an interesting and somewhat predictable bunch. I know what you are thinking: Don’t ever call me predictable. Thing is, we kind of are. We are predictable in the sense that we all have similar reservations when it comes to recovery. The biggest reservation I had when going […]

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The Importance of Aftercare in Recovery from Addiction

The Importance of Aftercare in Recovery from Addiction

The Importance of Aftercare In Recovery From Addiction It is tempting for those who have come out of an intensive addiction treatment program to believe that their problems have been solved. Yes, getting help for addiction is courageous and getting through treatment is admirable, but leaving a treatment centre does not mean your problems are […]

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The Modern Man and the Recovery from Addiction Battle

The Modern Man and the Recovery from Addiction Battle

The Modern Man and the Recovery From Addiction Battle In regards to addiction, men are faced with a set of sensitive and unique issues. It has been proven that men are less likely to seek treatment for addiction and are more likely to experience relapse. Professionals in the field of addiction and psychology believe that […]

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Helping your loved one seek treatment for addiction

Helping your loved one seek treatment for addiction

Helping your loved one seek treatment for addiction: When a person is in the grips of addiction, disarray and turmoil become a regular part of life for both the struggling addict and their loved ones. Family members feel helpless and desperate watching a loved one plunge into the depths of addiction. They are inundated with […]

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Addiction and the Family

Addiction and the Family

Addiction and the Family: In some cases, families are the primary support systems for those suffering with the disease of addiction. These families are likely to experience significant physical, social, emotional and spiritual stress due to the behavior of the addict whilst in active addiction, and in the same vein, spend a lot of time […]

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Consequence Films – Pertaining to Drug and Alcohol Addiction

Consequence Films – pertaining to drug and alcohol addiction “Play the movie forward.” If you have been to rehab or are involved in AA or NA, you are sure to have heard this term. Before your euphoric recall gets the better of you, before you pick up the phone and call your dealer: ‘play the […]

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The Devastating Drug of the South African Slums - Nyaope

The Devastating Drug of the South African Slums – Nyaope

First reported in Durban, Nyaope also known as Whoonga, the devastating drug of the South African slums is a new and lethal drug that has spread to townships and suburbia throughout South Africa. This highly toxic mind altering substance is also cheap and easily accessible, making it that much more menacing. Whoonga: The Frightening Facts […]

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Inhalants: The Household Agent of Death know as 'huffing'

Inhalants: The Household Agent of Death know as ‘huffing’

Inhalants: The Household Agent Of Death known as ‘huffing’ I remember being at a 13th birthday party of all places, and kids out back were inhaling something or other. I never got involved in what they were doing – although I was invited. It scared me. Kids throughout the world have been inhaling toxic fumes […]

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Teens and the Party Scene, what Drugs are Popular

Teens and the Party Scene, what Drugs are Popular

Teens and the Party Scene I went to my first club when I was 14 years old. I had a fake ID on hand and I was dressed in sky high stilettos, a tight black dress and of course, a wonder of a wonder bra. The bouncer for some strange reason, believed that I was […]

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Teens & Stereotypes: The Social Experiment

Teens & Stereotypes: The Social Experiment with Addiction

Teens & Stereotypes: The Social Experiment Who were you in High School? I ask this loaded question because it is incredibly naive to ignore the stereotypes that exist within schools. You have the jocks, the Goths (I think they call them emo’s now), the burn outs, the artists and the book worms. I found myself […]

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Heartbreak, Loss and Bullying in Recovery

Heartbreak, Loss and Bullying in Recovery I am currently experiencing a situation reminiscent of high school, one of heartbreak, loss and bullying. Only difference is I am being ‘bullied’ in an environment where I should feel safe. My safe place has become a thing of teenage nightmares. I wake up fearful, anxiety ridden and full […]

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The Dental Consequences of Addiction

The Dental Consequences of Addiction

The Dental Consequences of Addiction I was driving on the highway, exhausted after a 3 day meth binge. The feeling was overwhelming and painful. I was grinding my teeth, I was close to falling asleep at the wheel (I think I even pulled over for a few minutes if I remember correctly) and then I […]

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Preventing Relapse in the New Year

Preventing Relapse in the New Year

Help With Preventing Relapse in the New Year So, the silly season is over and we survived it! It is now time to take on the New Year. For some people, including myself, I find the New Year to be even more stressful than the festive season. It is back to work, back to reality […]

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Crack is Wack! Cocaine Addiction here are the facts

Crack is Wack! Cocaine Addiction here are the facts

Crack is Wack! Here are the Facts To put it simply, Crack Cocaine is the crystallised form of cocaine. It usually comes in powder form, solid blocks or crystals. The colour varies from white to yellow to pale pink. The drug is heated and smoked through a ‘lolly’ or crack pipe. Crack is the most […]

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Stop Sabotaging your Happiness with Addictive Behaviour

Stop Sabotaging your Happiness with Addictive Behaviour

Stop Sabotaging Your Happiness With Addictive Behaviour Our generation is full of self hate and misery. I know that in my recovery I have found myself in self-hate mode, self-pity mode and yes, self sabotage mode. Our generation is not used to contentment and for some of us, when happiness enters our lives we are […]

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Prescription Medication: From Hollywood to Hillbrow

Prescription Medication: From Hollywood to Hillbrow

Prescription Medication: From Hollywood to Hillbrow Like alcohol, prescription medication is standard in our lives. It is the ‘norm.’ We don’t raise an eye when we see someone chug down medication – as long as it comes in a nice prescription bottle. Doctors’ orders you know. Society hands out prescription meds like sweets. You are […]

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Bath Salts: The Zombie Apocalypse

Bath Salts: The Zombie Apocalypse

Bath Salts: The Zombie Apocalypse Many of us have heard tales of drugged up men and women cutting their own skin open, violently attacking each other and eating human flesh while intoxicated on bath salts. The stories are horrifying, reminiscent of a Rob Zombie feature film. But what are the facts? What are the signs? […]

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Uppers, Downers and All 'Rounders: Educate Yourself

Uppers, Downers and All ‘Rounders: Educate Yourself

Uppers, Downers and All ‘Rounders: Educate Yourself Uppers, Downers and Hallucinogens Drug abuse is a seeping stain, one that is spreading like wildfire throughout South Africa – throughout the globe. Addiction is cunning, baffling and powerful and does not discriminate. Anyone is vulnerable to the scourge that is addiction. The more that you educate yourself […]

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Alcohol and the Body: This 'Aint Pretty

Alcohol and the Body: This ‘Aint Pretty

Alcohol and the B0dy: This ‘Aint Pretty When picturing an alcoholic I’m sure you imagine an older man or woman, with a blood red nose and dirty clothes. Yes, this is the face of alcoholism, a tired and sunken elder who can barely speak. Physical deterioration is true of alcoholism but it is important to […]

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Cross Addiction: Oh, the life of an addict

Cross Addiction: Oh, the life of an addict

So, your recovery is going great. You are attending regular meetings, doing step work and seeing your sponsor. Life is good. Slowly, life may become somewhat unmanageable again – and seemingly out of nowhere. You have put in the work – why has it gotten to this chaotic point? Ask yourself this: Have you traded […]

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Sober is Sexy!

Sober is Sexy!

I remember being drunk and high, strolling into a club and thinking I was Queen Bee. I was gorgeous, the life of the party, statuesque and intimidating. I was all powerful. Then I look at pictures and speak to friends the next day after my regular black out. I was bedraggled, haggard, unbalanced, drooling and […]

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Mental Health and Addiction

Mental Health and Addiction

Mental Health and Addiction Many people who suffer with the disease of addiction are also diagnosed with other mental illnesses such as depression, anxiety and bipolar disorder. Some addicts develop mental health issues due to their drug use and their drug of choice while others attempt to use drugs to suppress their disorders. It is […]

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Meet Bill W and Dr Bob: The Founders of AA

In 1935 two men, both self described ‘hopeless alcoholics’ began a program of recovery. Today, the program has helped many in helpless situations come back from the brink, finding a path of serenity, sobriety and hopefulness. This program or fellowship is known as Alcoholics Anonymous. Since its inception AA has spawned numerous support groups such […]

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Teen Binge Drinking: The Facts

Teen Binge Drinking: The Facts

Teen binge drinking: the rat experiment As a teen I found myself drunk, making uninformed and illogical decisions on a regular basis, and of course, waking up with no memory of the previous nights events. There is nothing worse than that feeling of the ‘unknown’ and the anxiety that comes with it. With easy access […]

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The Celeb Faces of Recovery

The Celeb Faces of Recovery

The Celeb Faces of Recovery. When faced with rehabilitation, consequences and sobriety, many addicts wonder if they can ever find some sort of fulfilment again. What’s going to happen now? Am I going to have to live a boring life? Am I ever going to feel adrenaline again? Am I ever going to have fun […]

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Workplace Addiction

Workplace Addiction

Workplace Addiction what can be done? HR professionals are often the first port of call in dealing with crises within the organization. Substance abuse and related disorders have infiltrated the corporate world and more often, are presenting as common crises to be dealt with. Workplace Addiction in the corporate world can be dealt with constructively. […]

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Spiritual Leaders of South Africa & Substance Abuse

Spiritual Leaders of South Africa & Substance Abuse

Addiction in the Community Spiritual Leaders of South Africa & Substance Abuse, Religious Leaders are often the first port of call in dealing with crises within the community. Substance abuse and related disorders have infiltrated our society and more often, are presenting as common crises to be dealt with. Addiction in the community can be […]

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Alcohol Rehab Costs

Alcohol Rehab Costs

Houghton House group of treatment centres is convinced that quality treatment for alcohol addiction is absolutely necessary to overcome an alcohol addiction. Alcohol rehab costs are a small price to pay when you think of the costs that are associated with long term alcohol abuse. Costs of an alcohol addiction The cost of private treatment […]

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The Best Care Out There

Houghton House is a professional and caring Rehabilitation Centre treating those suffering from substance abuse. Helping individuals fight addiction and aid long term recovery is our core focus and something that is close to our heart. Together we take the necessary steps to achieve a successful recovery. About Us: The Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centre […]

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CAT or KAT Addiction

CAT or KHAT Addiction

 CAT or KHAT is not the same drug and refers to two types of drugs – though the similar name is used for both . CAT is highly addictive. It is a manufactured drug that is easily accessible and relatively cheap, producing similar effects to Amphetamines, MDMA and Cocaine so is often used by people who favour stimulant […]

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The 12 Steps of AA, NA, GA, OA & CA

These are the original Twelve Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous: We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we […]

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Crack Addiction

Crack Addiction

Crack Addiction Crack, also called “coke” or “cocaine” is a white powder which is made from the leaves of the cacao plant. Crack (Cocaine) creates a temporary surge of dopamine and serotonin in the brain. This gives energy and a euphoric mood, or at least gaiety and cheerfulness. People suffering from crack addiction also experience […]

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction

There are many people living with a prescription drug addiction simply because these drugs can be obtained easily through a doctor. Even though they are legal, they may cause a strong addiction that causes withdrawal symptoms similar to heroin withdrawal. Prescription drug addiction is wide spread and people are addicted to sleeping pills, pain killers, […]

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Dangers of Hallucinogenic Drugs

Dangers of Hallucinogenic Drugs

Here we list some of the dangers of hallucinogenic drugs. All drugs are dangerous, but hallucinogenic drugs carry their own risks: Getting a bad trip. Anyone can get a bad trip, but it happens more often when somebody is uncertain and when someone has psychological problems. You can for years, or in some cases even […]

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Dangers of Ecstasy

Dangers of Ecstasy

The Dangers Of Ecstasy. Ecstasy is a typical party drug, aimed at a music night market and also to weekend festivals. Sleep is literally driven out of the body. Ecstasy is available as pills, in various colors and shapes, sometimes capsules or powders. If you have the real Ecstasy, it contains MDMA (3,4-methyleendioxymethylamfetamine). It goes […]

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Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Information on Heroin Withdrawal Drugs that kick in quickly, usually cause more severe withdrawal symptoms. Heroin withdrawal symptoms occur after quitting long-term use, but can also occur as a result of administration of an opiate antagonist (e.g. naloxone). Because of the goose bumps, the syndrome derives its name: “cold turkey”. After someone has been using […]

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Admissions For All Your Drug and Alcohol Addiction Problems

Successful Alcohol & Drug Rehab Treatment

Successful alcohol & drug rehab treatment deeply relies on the commitment from the addict. When you decide to start treatment for drug and/or alcohol addiction, you need to be committed 100%. A rehab facility will give you all the resources you need to recover, but if you don’t have the right attitude then the treatment […]

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Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal

Heroin Addiction and Withdrawal

When looking at heroin addiction and withdrawal, you can distinguish between mental and physical dependence. We speak of physical dependence when the body protests against stopping heroin use, which leads to heroin withdrawal. Compared to other drugs, addiction and withdrawal occurs rather quickly when it comes to heroin. The physical dependence of heroin is very […]

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Effects of Heroin Abuse

Effects of Heroin Abuse

Effects Of Heroin Abuse Heroin affects the body in many ways. Here are some of the most common effects of heroin abuse. Pain relief Heroin is among the most effective analgesics in medicine. Despite the advent of various chemical agents with an opiate analgesic effect, it remains the best painkiller. The precise effect of this […]

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Drugs and Teenagers pils

Drugs and Teenagers

Drugs and Teenagers How do you know your teenager is experimenting with drugs? What do you do when you discover your teenager is experimenting with drugs? What happens to the teenager who first started experimenting with drugs and then becomes addicted? What are the risks of drugs and teenagers? Where can you get help for […]

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Drug Addiction Warning Signs

Drug Addiction Warning Signs Knowing how to spot the drug addiction warning signs may help you spot a drug addiction in a loved before it’s too late. Most of the drug addiction warning signs have more to do with behavior than actual physical signs. Here are some of the most common drug addiction warning signs […]

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Cocaine Cravings

Cocaine Cravings

Cocaine cravings – An irresistible need Cocaine causes excruciating cravings and the irresistible urge to use the drug, can often drive users to despair. Addicts will do anything to get that fix. Scientists explain cocaine craving based on changes in the brain from cocaine use. Unlike heroin, Cocaine has no physical withdrawal symptoms. The danger […]

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Treatment Of Cocaine Addiction

Treatment Of Cocaine Addiction

Treatment Of Cocaine Addiction Possible treatment of cocaine addiction include: Counselling for your addiction Addiction clinics Medication for withdrawal symptoms Psychotherapy: treatment of underlying psychological problems or disorders Combination of treatments It’s important to remember the following when considering treatment of cocaine addiction: Trying to quit on your own is very difficult. The best thing […]

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Cocaine Addiction Warning Signs

Cocaine Addiction Warning Signs

Cocaine Addiction Warning Signs You are probably reading this because you suspect someone close to you is using cocaine. Here are some cocaine addiction warning signs you need to look out for: Continual partying until the early morning without a hangover. Daytime sleeping. Little appetite for ‘normal’ food, just for sweets. Cannot make eye contact […]

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Effects Of Long Term Drinking

Effects Of Long Term Drinking

Effects Of Long Term Drinking The effects of long term drinking can be very damaging to the body and it’s important to know the risks involved. Heavy drinkers often tend to miss meals or lack adequate diets and therefore suffer nutritional imbalance and have an impaired immune system.  Alcohol gets transported to other parts of […]

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Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

Effects Of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol gets transported through the stomach and small intestine into the blood stream. Circulation causes the alcohol to spread through all parts of the body. The alcohol reaches the brain after about 10 minutes. With a full stomach, the intake of alcohol takes a little bit longer than on an empty […]

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Teen Binge Drinking: The Facts

What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism? Alcoholism may cause a physical and psychological dependence. Physical dependence: this form of dependence is due to two properties of alcohol. It is increasingly necessary to achieve the desired alcohol effect. This process is called tolerance. The body protests when no more alcohol is given. The protest is reflected in detoxification or […]

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What to Bring to Rehab

What to Bring to Rehab

What to Bring to Rehab Besides bringing a great attitude! What to Bring to Rehab will probably be the last thing on your mind, obviously most importantly is to bring yourself along, with some motivation and willingness. Otherwise the main goal is to be comfortable, in group and out and about in our beautiful gardens. […]

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The Importance of Aftercare in Recovery from Addiction

Family Intervention For Addictions

Family Intervention For Addictions This type of intervention leads to better understanding and less tension between family and the suffering addict. Someone with an addiction will ultimately benefit from continued involvement from family and friends. The approach to family interventions is usually: Addiction and Intervention Information. Screening of family relationships, to reach a substantiated opinion […]

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Addiction Treatment Centres

Addiction Treatment Centres

Addiction Treatment Centres Our Treatment Centres are all about personal care, especially at Houghton House. Finding an addiction treatment centre that’ll suit your personal needs is always a challenge. The fact of the matter is, your mind needs to be in the right place. You can only receive help, if you’re willing to give it […]

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Finding A Rehab Centre

Finding A Rehab Centre When trying to find a rehab centre you need to consider the following: What type of addiction does the rehab centre specialise in? You need to find a rehab centre that is equipped to deal with your addiction. Where is the rehab centre located? You have two choices. You can either […]

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Johannesburg Addiction Treatment Centre

Johannesburg Addiction Treatment Centre

Johannesburg Addiction Treatment Centre Whether you live in Johannesburg or come from far away, a Johannesburg addiction treatment centre has a lot to offer. Because Johannesburg is the business capital of South Africa, a lot of the country’s best practitioners are in Johannesburg. If you have an addiction, or a loved one with an addiction, […]

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Johannesburg Addiction Clinics

Johannesburg Addiction Clinics

Johannesburg addiction clinics offer rehabilitation for various forms of addiction. Some of these addictions include: Drug addiction Alcohol addiction Gambling addiction Sex Addiction Prescription drug addiction If you or a loved one is suffering from any one of these addictions, a Johannesburg addiction clinic like Houghton House is the right place to get help. You […]

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Celebrating Sobriety with Houghton House

Johannesburg Rehab Centres

Johannesburg Rehab Centres Do you know of  a loved one that suffers from an addiction? Do you want to save their lives before it is too late? Houghton House Rehabilitation centre is a professional rehab in Johannesburg that has been the cornerstone for many addicts’ recovery. Houghton House is recognised locally as well as globally […]

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Luxury Rehab Centers

Luxury Rehab Centers

Luxury Rehab Centers If you or a loved one have an addiction and have a bit of extra money to spend then a luxury rehab center is the way to go. Going through addiction rehabilitation is an uncomfortable process. You deal with your physical as well as mental withdrawal. You want to be as comfortable […]

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Successful Drug Rehabilitation

Successful drug rehabilitation

Successful Drug Rehabilitation A Successful Drug Rehabilitation program is absolutely vital for drug addicts who need to recover from their addiction. Addicts receive the care, support and mentorship they need when they are in Houghton House. Successful drug rehabilitation: A good attitude and a positive outlook is essential to keep you motivated and prevent you […]

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Alcohol Rehab Costs

Residential Drug Rehab Clinics

Residential Drug Rehab Clinics forAlcohol Rehabilitation Which treatment programs are effective? There is a lot of research on which program and its components are effective in alcohol rehabilitation. Several methods can be effective: Enhance the motivation to reduce or stop; Use of certain medications; Ensuring that people are not suffering from withdrawal symptoms; To identify […]

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World Drug Day 26th June

Rehabilitation Centres in Johannesburg

Rehabilitation Centres In Johannesburg South Africa became a part of the global economy after the democracy. People from all over the world arrived in South Africa to do business in this country that was once isolated for many years. Unfortunately with the boom in trade also came the flood of drugs. The drug market grew […]

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Rehab Clinics in Johannesburg

Rehab Clinics In Johannesburg The hardcore drug trade arrived in South Africa in the mid nineties after it became an open society. For many years it was a closed society and isolated from the world at large. South Africa became well known for drug lords and they thrived in the new market. This new trend […]

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Drug Rehabs in South Africa

Drug Rehabs in South Africa are available to those who seek them. There are numerous addiction treatment centres in South Africa that are equipped to deal with addiction patients. The key is finding the right treatment centre to suite your personal needs. Houghton House is one of the best addiction treatment centres, offering addiction help […]

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Stop Sabotaging your Happiness with Addictive Behaviour

Long Term Treatment For Substance Abuse

Long Term Treatment For Addiction Wondering about long term addiction treatment? Here are a few reasons why you should consider long term treatment for substance abuse.  Studies have shown that long term in-house treatment has a much higher success rate than other treatment options. When you go through recovery, you have to change your whole […]

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Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Dual Diagnosis Treatment What is Dual Diagnosis? People with a dual diagnosis face an addiction problem along with a psychiatric disorder. The abuse of drugs with a psychiatric disorder reinforces each other and complicates the dual diagnosis treatment. The fact is that these are very vulnerable people who have difficulty maintaining a normal life in […]

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Residential Drug Rehab Clinics

Residential Drug Rehab Clinics

Residential Drug Rehab Clinics South Africa needed to take a fresh look at drug rehabilitation after drugs hit its shores in 1994. The private sector took a major step to deal with this issue and they established several drug rehab centres within the country. In addition to this they designed programs for the treatment of […]

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Luxury Rehab Centers

Exclusive Addiction Treatment Clinics

Exclusive Addiction Treatment Clinics The facilities of most of the addiction treatment clinics in Johannesburg are exclusive. The facilities are designed to enhance the treatment of the patient and to make the patient feel at ease. The surroundings play a major role in the process of the healing of the patient. In the establishing of […]

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Cocaine Rehab Costs

Cocaine Rehab Costs

Cocaine Rehab Costs Cocaine has been around for many years. Millions of people all over the world are addicted to this drug. It is a highly addictive stimulant derived from the cacao plant that grows in Peru and Bolivia. Due to the apartheid, this drug was not readily available in South Africa for many years. […]

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World Drug Day 26th June

Drug Rehab Costs

Drug Rehab Costs The state health care system in South Africa is under tremendous pressure. With the coming of the new democratic era in 1994 the state had to reach out to the previously disadvantaged population. It was virtually impossible for the state to handle the new social problem that came with the flood of […]

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Alcohol and the Body: This 'Aint Pretty

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction When someone drinks a lot and is an alcohol addict or alcoholic, the body becomes accustomed to it. As a result, more and more alcohol is needed to get the same effect. This “habit” is called tolerance. Alcohol addiction when someone drinks a lot and is an alcohol addict or alcoholic, the body […]

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Non Residential Rehab Clinics

Non Residential Rehab Clinics Houghton House Treatment Centre recognises that not all people are able to make the commitment to attend a thirty day residential program and in light of this we facilitate an outpatient programme in the evenings. The outpatient program is modelled on the same philosophy as the residential program and is there to accommodate […]

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Types of Treatment For Addiction

Types Of Treatment For Addiction The South African drug rehabilitation centres, with the rehabilitation centres of Johannesburg in the front-line, are doing sterling work. Patients from all over the world are coming to these clinics that provide excellent service and value for money treatment with outstanding, professional staff. There are many different types of treatment […]

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Preventing Relapse in the New Year

Inpatient Detox Centers

Inpatient Detox Centers Due to the severity of the effects of most of the drugs that are out there, it is very important to give treatment to patients at inpatient detox centers to help the patient overcome the problem of addiction. These inpatient detox centers are designed to medically and environmentally enhance the healing process […]

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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Treatment Program

Prescription Drug Treatment Program The abuse of prescription drugs is rampant not only in South Africa but all over the world. People are under the impression that it is safer to use because it was prescribed by a doctor. Any medication taken for any other purpose than what it was prescribed for is dangerous and […]

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Cocaine Cravings

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Programme

Cocaine Addiction Treatment Programme If you want to save a loved one from a cocaine addiction and its potential impact on the body and mind, it is of the utmost importance to bring the addiction to an early end. There are so many possible solutions, so what do you do to get the right answers? […]

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Crystal Meth Treatment Program

Crystal Meth Treatment Program

Crystal Meth Treatment Program The effects of addiction to Crystal Meth are physical as well as psychological. There is no blueprint for the treatment of patients. Each case has to be evaluated on its own and has to be worked out for a specific patient. Specialized medical personnel aid in this process. The process involves […]

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Addiction Treatment Centres

Affordable Treatment For Addiction

Affordable Treatment For Addiction Affordable addiction treatment is within reach at Houghton House Recovery Centre. Unfortunately, our society buries its head in the sand and does not provide addicts with remotely sufficient financial resources for the affordable treatment of addiction. Large funds are spent on sanctions against those whose sins are as a direct or […]

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Inpatient Rehab Treatment

Inpatient Rehab Treatment

Inpatient rehab treatment is recommended for anyone suffering from a serious addiction. Going through recovery alone is not advisable, as the success rate is far lower than inpatient rehab treatment. With inpatient rehab treatment, the addict books into the rehab for up to three months. During this time, they take part in various therapies including […]

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Addictions Treatment In Johannesburg

Addictions Treatment In Johannesburg

Addictions Treatment In Johannesburg Houghton House is a well known and safe rehabilitation centre located in Johannesburg. They assist individuals and help them overcome their addictions, be it alcoholism or substance abuse. With a proven track record of over 20 years Houghton House have seen the recovery of several individuals from across the globe. These […]

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Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg

Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg Ensuring each patient’s absolute confidentiality is important to us at Houghton House. Each patient is assessed and a unique solution is provided in order to aid the long term recovery process. To find out more about Houghton House being a Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg please call 011 787 9142 […]

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Addiction and the Family

Private Drug Rehab in Johannesburg

Private Drug Rehab in Johannesburg The Houghton House Rehabilitation Centre in Johannesburg is the leading Private Drug Rehab in Johannesburg that assists individuals with overcoming their addiction. They offer a complete spectrum of patient care services and interventions for individuals and their families. Houghton House understands that addiction is a powerful disease and that an addict […]

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