“We only have one life to live” – Anonymous The phrase “you only have one life to live.” It’s a commonly used statement when one is considering say taking a vacation to an exotic spot, buying something that is very luxurious or doing something that you would not usually take a chance on or do.It is
Get sober time
2020 will be remembered as one of the most stressful and challenging years we have experienced. With the stress of the global pandemic, hunger, job losses and a host of other events, it is not surprising that many people have turned to, or increased their drug and alcohol intake and now need to get sober. For many, 2020 became a turning point in their addiction, and not in a good way. We believe that it is time to say 2020 is over, let’s get sober!
Benefits of Becoming Sober – Sober Benefit
There are several consequences that one may face during active addiction, one of them being the financial consequences. This one may be particularly difficult to deal with as it has far-reaching repercussions and in addition, may affect our loved ones. There is a great deal of literature that speaks about the financial consequences of alcoholism; specifically, however, this article will shed light on to the financial benefits of becoming sober.
Drug Use Self Test – (DUST)
This test determines whether or not you meet the criteria for mild, moderate, or severe diagnosed drug use disorder
Are you wondering “Am I an Drug Addict?” – Are you addicted to drugs?
Are you concerned about the role drugs play in yours or a loved ones life?
With 20 questions, this self-test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs help with their addiction or excessive drug use.
Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT)
This test determines whether or not you meet the criteria for mild, moderate, or severe diagnosed alcohol use disorder
Are you wondering “Am I an Alcoholic” – Do you have an addiction to alcohol?
Are you concerned about the role alcohol plays in your life?
How to navigate through addiction, recovery, relapse and the Covid-19 pandemic over the holidays.
The end of year celebrations tend to trigger a relapse in many of those who are living with substance abuse disorders and this year, thanks to the global pandemic, it could be even worse. Every year, the holiday season creates challenges for those who are battling addictions and substance abuse disorders. Most of the time it’s the holiday parties, the social events (think end of year office and social gatherings etc) that make the consumption of alcohol look increasingly inviting. 2020, thanks to the pandemic has caused more relapses than ever and complicated things further due to the stresses associated with the effects of the virus.
It’s that time of year when Staying Sober isn’t easy!
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 and to make matters worse, it’s the first pandemic holiday season for us all. The constant partying and socializing means you are exposed to temptation more than at any other time. It’s also a stressful and emotional time, when issues around money and relationships with family and friends (often among the original triggers for abuse) come into focus and thanks to Covid-19, those issues are ultra-heightened and the stress is magnified. It’s harder than ever to stay clean and sober – but there are ways you can minimize the risk of having a destructive relapse and get through this pandemic holiday season.
WHY YOU SHOULD SPEND YOUR Holiday in rehab?
I bet you are raising an eyebrow at that headline right about now, right? Well, just take a moment before you react as we explain why!
The Festive Season is often a difficult and painful time for many addicts and their families. If this sounds familiar, please think about it don’t suffer in silence. Particularly with the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing stopping many family get-togethers. You may want to do things differently this year. Take the gap and come to Houghton House to sort your life out. We are available for alcohol and drug addiction help over this December year-end and the New Year period. See:>>Could you be drinking too much and drinking yourself into trouble?<<
Who are these Faces of Recovery?
Anyone who has been affected by addiction knows that the sickness does not differentiate between rich and poor or black and white and that even those with fame and fortune are not safe from the news displaying their Faces of Recovery. The showbiz world is home to many recovering celebrities. And, just like millions of people worldwide, many brilliant musicians’ actors and athletes are living fit, fruitful lives in recovery.
Talking About Drugs and Alcohol…
By: Dan Wolf, Director of Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres /MA Psych
Educating parents and children about alcohol, drugs and other vices is a difficult task. Historically, many approaches have been adopted ranging from scare tactics, experts talking about peer pressure, talks by addicts in recovery and more recently a level of resignation that perhaps moderate use is the most reasonable approach. In this article, I would like to draw on the wisdom of various highly respected religious leaders. In my opinion, this is more helpful than defaulting to personal opinions or theories that are often developed simply to justify dysfunctional behaviour.
The core components and functions of a good rehabilitation centre
One of the most important, yet, daunting decisions of an addict’s or their loved one’s life, is finding a rehabilitation centre that is suitable in all aspects. This decision can be seen as imperative, as it may be the deciding factor of a successful treatment outcome or an unsuccessful one. Whilst it is incredibly difficult to be faced with addiction or a loved one who is struggling with an addiction problem, oftentimes the last thing on one’s mind is to search for a rehabilitation centre that is adequate and includes all important amenities. However, this should always be taken into consideration to avoid any adversities or mishaps. It is fair to say that some treatment facilities may be rated better than others and it is important to weigh up the options before selecting a suitable facility. One must familiarise themselves regarding the characteristics of a good rehabilitation facility in order to ask the right the questions to a dedicated service provider at the facility. There are several factors that make a rehabilitation centre distinguished and exceptional.
Can an individual’s resistance to change hamper their recovery?
Is resistance normal?
by Sanam Naran – Counselling Psychologist
You may be asking yourself some of these questions about Behavioral Addiction, either for yourself or a loved one struggling with addiction. Addiction can ruin lives and have a detrimental effect on all those involved.
Through addiction, one may lose their job, their marriage, their family, their health, their assets and their dignity and self-respect, amongst other things.
Common roles in the addicted family Addiction and the impact on the family:
Why addiction is considered a family disease:
Any form of addiction has an effect on all members of an addicted family unit, in one way or another. There are specific roles which are filled in an alcoholic family unit and we are going to go delve into a number of these roles so that you and your loved ones can better understand the effect of alcoholism on partners and children.
Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg discusses the pros and cons
This past Sunday hundreds upon thousands of South Africans rejoiced at the news that the ban on alcohol was being lifted on Tuesday 18 August Houghton House Alcohol Rehabilitation Clinic in Johannesburg takes a view. The ban was the second one of its kind placed on South Africans over the past few months and took its toll on liquor selling outlets as well as the restaurant trade in general.
So what are the habits of Highly Addictive People:
Realistically, there are loads of individuals who can drug and drink, who can smoke and who can look at pornography and who can go to casinos and gamble, but never end up being cursed with a resulting addiction to one of these issues. Nevertheless, some people seem to be born with a predilection to addiction or addictive disorder who are simply wired that way, wired for addiction from the first drug, drink, puff, porn image, or taste of gambling.
“Summertime and the livin’ is easy…”
So says that tune! And it’s been a long hard winter …
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 now with our coming COVID-19 summer, summertime is actually a time of increased stress if people are social distancing and wearing masks out and about and attempting to enjoy life. There’s a saying in recovery, that if we are “spiritually fit,” we can go anywhere without fear of relapse. But, it’s probably also true that if we are spiritually fit, and we are in recovery from addiction there are places we shouldn’t be hanging around unless we have a very good reason.
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 back at past pictures and speak to friends as I cant actually remember things after my regular blackouts in the evenings. I look at me …I was bedraggled, haggard, unbalanced, drooling and talking absolute nonsense. I wasn’t intimidating, I was just irritating.
It’s 9am. On a Tuesday. I think.
Since the Lockdown
Time has kind of gelled together and it’s starting to get a bit fuzzy. I’m sitting on a chair facing the front lawn and watching my family chat. There’s tension in the house and it’s not about me for once. There’s a distinct mood floating around and it’s the same mood I had when I first began my journey to sobriety.
Our doors remain open and the rehab open during lockdown – your dealer’s does not.
Houghton House is a safe secure environment during the COVID-19 lockdown period for alcoholics, addicts, users and abusers to effectively detox.
This is the official statement from the government as received through the DDG:
“The following services [may be open during this time]…
…Services rendered by mental and relation institutions-thats us rehab open during lockdown!
Strategies To Say No To Alcohol And Drugs This Festive Season
Saying No to alcohol and drugs is always tough, the road to recovery is tough at any stage however it becomes an even bigger challenge as the festive season takes over.
It is at these times that a strong support network of friends who understand the struggles of addiction recovery is so important to have nearby.
Good friends are not only important as a way for a former drug user to voice his or her frustrations about life in recovery, but they play an integral part during that person’s journey in recreating a new life for him or herself.
So are you enabling an addiction?
There is a very difficult and often missed line which is crossed during the fight to end addiction. It sits between you, the person trying to help an addict, and the addict themselves. It is the question of enabling and it can often quickly and unwittingly be crossed, leading to pain, anger and a host of negative consequences if not spotted and acted upon. If you are trying to help someone who is struggling with an addiction you need to make sure that the love and support you are providing is not enabling them further as this can actually prolong the addiction and heighten the associated risks.
How to help drug addicts… is one of those questions on the minds of many worried parents, friends, and relatives. Because it can be very daunting, scary, and despairing to see a loved one descend into the hell of drug addiction. But we’ll look at how to help drug addicts for you. See:>>Do you have a loved one that is struggling with addiction?<<
Some people believe that addiction relapse is inevitable
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 the most effective techniques for preventing relapse is to identify your personal relapse triggers and make a detailed plan on how you will manage them.
What is gambling addiction?
For many people, gambling can be a fun and exciting, low-risk activity. For others, however, gambling can be a dangerous cliff which can send people into the abyss of addiction. Gambling addiction is an addiction to the act of gambling, in any form, which you or a loved one cannot control the frequency of.
Addiction is like a nuclear bomb.
Yes the person who sets it off suffers from an addiction, but the radiation, the fallout is devastating for all those around them. Fallout comes in the form of manipulation, guilt, the rubble of relationships left over and the cracks which are created in the souls of those around the addict. The sad reality of it all is that love acts like an accelerant, fuelling the addict who knows that they are loved, and therefore can capitalise on it.
Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder
The term ‘substance (or medication-induced) anxiety disorder’ is the medical diagnosis for the serious anxiety or panic which is directly caused by alcohol, drugs, or medication. When a person abuses drugs, medication and/or alcohol it can, and most likely will, cause mental health problems which include substance-induced anxiety disorder. When a person is addicted to a substance, their brain’s pleasure and reward centre change and this causes a significant neurotransmitter imbalance. See:>>How to help drug addicts first and foremost.<<
Prescription Drug Treatment Program
Taking a prescription medication that isn’t yours or taking your own prescription medication in a way that differs from your doctor’s instructions is considered Prescription drug abuse. It’s a common misunderstanding that if you abuse your own prescription medications is a safer bet than taking illegal street drugs.
We receive so much information about Relapse Prevention in Recovery, everyone wants to stay clean and not be Triggered.
So…What is an Addiction Trigger?
An Addiction Trigger is something that sets off a memory or flashback placing the person back in the event of her/his original experience. Triggers are all different and very personal; different things trigger different people. Triggers can be activated through one or more of the five senses: sight, sound, touch, smell and taste.
Shock and horror! What a broad statement.
The picture of addiction
Hollywood has certainly often painted the picture of addiction and functioning addicts in a certain stereotypical fashion. We as an audience are shown addicts as down and out people, the afterthoughts of society, often dregs of a community. Or on the polar opposite side of society as the big rock star who falls from the fame pedestal into a swamp of despair or more commonly seen, and used as a metaphor far too often, as the rock bottom moment in life.
Alcohol and College – Who is in control?
The South African National Council for Drug and Alcohol Abuse commemorates drug and alcohol awareness week in June with the aim of addressing the obviously huge issue of drug and alcohol use disorders in the country particularly in our younger generations in schools and tertiary institutions.
Recovery is a family affair: Tips and strategies to cope with a recovering addict.
If you talk about addiction, you will notice that the spotlight shines mostly on the treatment plan for the recovering addict. And rightfully so. An addict needs to understand and acknowledge every aspect of addiction however families of addicts are often subject to less attention when it comes to recovery.
The crisis of addiction affects loved ones, particularly the family unit,
Video games: Gaming Addiction
Ever since the early 70’s video games have captured the world’s imagination. America is considered the birthplace of commercial video game activity and research paints the real origin of the world of gaming to be as early as the 50s – borne out of research needs from eager scientists who wanted to find new ways to discover and use simulations to further their work. Although the work back then on video games can be seen as primitive compared to present-day technology,
The words are easy enough to say, but to actually put that last cigarettes out and break the habit is not something to scoff at. It’s hard. And not just because we say so. Did you know that 7 out of ten smokers you meet want to stop smoking but only 7% actually stop on their first attempt? Scary stats. We know. But there is a silver lining. The moment you put out that last smoke your body starts changing. And it’s an incredible change.
When you or someone you know is in recovery you will often hear of something called an “addiction trigger” or just a “trigger”. Most people in recovery will try their best to avoid these triggers at all costs but what are triggers and why do they matter?
Simply put, a trigger can be anything that throws back memories, thoughts, or feelings that have to do with addiction.
You know what happens to your body when you Quit Smoking. But still, as you read this your palms become sweaty and your anxiety levels are on par with your blood pressure levels. Imagine having to give up that packet of smokes lying in front of you. Maybe it’s been something you have done for years. Maybe you have tried to give up several times. It doesn’t matter. Let’s just focus on the right here and right now. See:>>Behavioural Addiction can be difficult to identify<<
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 range of adverse effects on all that it infects, ranging from psychological, physiological, and personal.
The complications and consequences of addiction which come about often depend on the type of substance or behaviour. See:>>Houghton House an Internationally Regarded Rehabilitation Centre<<
If there is one thing that Houghton House Shouts loudly how families deal with addicts,
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 and destroys the way how families deal with addicts and the relationships with them and making it quite difficult to maintain steady employment,
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 the road to recovery and you are unsure about the ideal Christmas gift, stress no more, we have a bunch of ideas for you to take inspiration from. See:>>Tough conversations: How to Communicate with an Addict<<
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 into the season with the confidence that you know you are not going to drink.
Highlight this in your mind. I cannot repeat it often enough because you have been sitting on the fence of festive season drinking,
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 and delve into the not so spooky challenge of overcoming the urges associated with festive season fun. After all, you are on a journey to sobriety and a holiday should not be a break from that journey! Here’s our guide to staying sober during Halloween.
South Africa’s highest court, the Constitutional Court of South Africa recently decriminalised marijuana /cannabis (dagga) use and legalizes private cultivation
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 more importantly, with South African Courts legalizing marijuana does this change anything when it comes to how we should view the plant in terms of addiction?
After Drug Rehab What are your options
Continuing Care Programme / Residential Inpatient Treatment Programme
(No. 2 ongoing from the previous article – click to see No. 1 -“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 successfully rehabilitated in a safe environment, you are now ready to enter back into the real world. At a residential treatment center your life outside will have been assessed and you will have been given the necessary suggestions on how to enter back in without alcohol or drug abuse, in such a way that you maintain your recovery. But the truth is, it is hard and therefore of utmost importance that you take responsibility by instilling long lasting support structures that will keep supporting clean living.
Houghton House Leading 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 to south Africa’s Leading Rehab in Johannesburg. From a halfway house started by Alex Hamlyn and Russell Unterslak in 1995 to the group of treatment centres, it is now.
So the question is always “what can I expect when I get to rehab?”
First in a series of what to expect – Click here for No.2 – Life after Drug Rehab – the Inpatient Programme
Leaving your comfort zone for the treatment centers of a rehab facility is an unnerving prospect, but it is often the only solution for addicts and alcoholics trapped in the claws of addiction. It’s not unusual to wonder about what exactly lies on the other side of the rehab doors, especially if you are facing residential treatment programmes that will last between 28 and 42 days. So, here’s a little about what you can expect when you get to Houghton House.
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 such as myself, this discovery has proven to be vital in relinquishing the stigmas and promoting recovery rather than disciplinary responses to the epidemic. From experiences in my own recovery, I’ve learned that each addict has their own journey, ultimately leading to the preservation of their own sobriety. As a single mother in recovery, I’ve come to the realisation that sustaining abstinence takes discipline rather than “will-power” and a simple 12 step program. I’m going to share my tips for single Moms in early recovery, with you.
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 clear is that being actively involved in a formalised drug rehabilitation programme is a prerequisite and fundamental stepping stone if you will, for many people who are looking to find a way forward to recover from substance abuse. Unfortunately, there is a hitch. Although addicts need help, many avoid the formal care that a rehabilitation centre can offer. Instead, they will prefer to take on the dragon of addiction alone. Whilst this is a brave and noble idea heed this warning:
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 done the night before. And can’t remember. Thinking to yourself “is drunk me the real me”?
Psychologists say that there are four ‘drunk personality types’ and this is based on how you handle your liquor.
Benzodiazepines and Alcohol … a bad mix
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 and Alcohol and it’s something you should take extra heed of.
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 enslavement.
I enjoy my work, and my wife loves shopping. Does that mean we’re addicts? No, not necessarily, but the devil is in the detail… if we consistently seem to be enjoying those activities over and above all others, then I believe we would need to take a good hard look at the possibility of being addicted.
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 would need to beat or overcome one disorder before you were able to take on the other. As Bob Dylan once said, “The times they are a changing,” and there is now a real connection between addiction, mental health and treatment of both at the same time. It’s called dual diagnosis.
How to use your time in residential rehab to the best of your ability:
The prospect of having to be admitted into a rehab facility is daunting for any one of us. While rehab gives you the opportunity to escape everyday life to focus on yourself and your recovery, it still carries many challenges. Truth be told, this might be the most courageous thing you will do in your life!
The idea that you live in close quarters with unfamiliar people for anything from 30 – 42 days is enough to make anyone feel uncomfortable. However, as unnerving as it may seem Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centre has witnessed the astonishing success of residential rehab in many of its patients, since opening its doors in 1995.
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 colleagues, the impoverished beggar on the corner all the way to children and learners as young as seven years of age, alcohol addiction affects people across all levels of South African society. Whether the person affected is a social drinker, a binge drinker or functioning alcoholic, alcoholism does not discriminate and occurs across all races, genders, ages, socio-economic boundaries and professions.
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 when it comes to rehabilitation for substance abuse in SA and with a 24 hour emergency line 079 770 7532 you or someone you love can get that all important attention needed to begin the road to recovery. Whether you need advice, support or to check in yourself or a loved one, Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centre‘s hotline is the number to have on your phone.
Learnings from a Leading SA Rehab Centre
on Addiction, Recovery and Rehabilitation
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 discriminate and spares no one regardless of race, age, gender or financial status. Addiction is a diagnosable disease and addicts need to be supported by loved ones to help them overcome their problem and feelings of low self-esteem commonly experienced by those who have been caught up in substance abuse. Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation is the way to go.
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 distribute drugs. My son is an addict and this is our story.
The tragic rollercoaster began when my son was 20 years old. He had been in and out of rehab so many times that I lost count. In fact you could probably say it was a year in total. He tried to get sober; in fact he was winning the battle but fell off and succumbed to substance abuse once again less than a year after going sober.
From hiding alcohol to memory loss – All the Signs your drinking is out of control
Dan Wolf Director at Houghton House, says there are some key signs that point to exactly how much your drinking is out of control, offers these warning signs to help define when social drinking has developed into a more serious drinking problem:
Breaking free of addiction at Houghton House Addiction Rehab in Gauteng
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 will ever make in your life. Especially if you consider going the route of our Extended Inpatient Care Programme for Rehab once Primary Care has been completed
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 out of rehab for as long as I can remember. Kept relapsing every time. Sometimes, after a few weeks. Sometimes, a few days. The last time, pretty much the moment I got out the gate.” See:>>How long do long-term treatment recovery programmes take?<<
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 you or on the addicted person. But you have it in your power to help that person turn his or her life around and overcome addiction. The major challenge is, they have to want it as much as you do.
Games, Sex, Food: the other Addiction Behaviour. 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
Everything You Need To Know About Flakka
Flakka(also known as Bath salts or monkey dust – link – to more details ) 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 head-first into cars, running around naked, contorting and babbling in agony and fear.
Is it really that bad? Unfortunately, yes.
What is an addict?
An addict is a: person who is addicted to a particular thing or activity
This question has vexed many addicts and their families. But one thing remains constant. An addict is someone whose behavior changes either when they do not have their substance of choice as well as when they do take or consume it.
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 a way to socially connect. Commonly, people try drugs for the first time in social situations with friends and acquaintances. A strong desire to fit in to the group can make it feel like doing the drugs with them is the only option. Problems can sometimes sneak up on you, as your drug use gradually increases over time.
Exactly how are creative people affected and are they prone to drug and alcohol abuse?
How long before I can overcome an addiction?
Understanding Addiction is the First Step to Ending it.
It’s the question every patient wants to know the answer to. It plagues the minds of their loved ones and it’s the key question asked at the beginning of the journey to a sober life. Obviously, those who are affected by a patient’s addiction want to assist and we secretly hope that there is a really quick turnaround thanks to some miracle quick fix….but sadly, there’s a little more you need to know before you can answer this all-important question.
Nyaope also known as Whoonga.
Nyaope is illegal, dangerous, highly addictive South African street drug.
According to the South African Police Services Forensics drug abuse team in Pretoria, confirmed by Houghton House’s experienced and expert team of staff. Nyaope is low-grade heroin mixed with other drugs or substances. Often used intravenously or more available and popularly sold and smoked as a concoction of marijuana and heroin.
Life Drives Us To Addiction and beyond
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 to tell, their own reasons why they’ve fallen into hard times.
Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety
Sobriety Recovery is a lifelong battle.
In Sobriety 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 been given.
…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 comes up!
Because I’ve quit heroin, and because I’m an addict,
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.
I’m Fine It’s all good.” I’m Fine an Addict’s Version of Ok
Eating Disorders are about So Much More than Just Food
We live in an era where millions of women and men are silently suffering through Eating Disorders and 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 your struggle isn’t real!
You survived an addiction treatment program Now you are back in the world. Some days are better than others, but life without drug or alcohol abuse is becoming the new norm. Celebrating Sobriety Is Important Life can be hectic all with of life’s responsibilities. It isn’t always easy not to get caught up in the
Sober After Rehab whats the chance of having fun ?
The biggest reservation I had when going into rehabilitation and Having Fun Sober After Rehab was ‘I won’t ever be able to have fun again.’ Do you relate? This was the contributing factor to most of my relapses back in the day. Immediately after ‘cleaning up’ I would want to get back on the partying scene, hang out with my addict friends and experience some sort of chaotic ‘Having Fun Sober After Rehab.’
The Importance of Aftercare In Recovery from Addiction
It is tempting to skip aftercare in recovery, particularly 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 center does not mean your problems are over.
In all honesty, the real work begins after the security and routine of structured inpatient treatment.
Help Someone with treatment for addiction to Drugs
- It’s important to handle the state of affairs carefully if you suspect that someone you love needs treatment for addiction
- You first need to approach your loved one about the issue at hand before you discuss treatment options.
- Do not confront them in a way that will cause an argument.
See:>>Tough conversations: How to Communicate with an Addict<<
Angry and Defensive
When people abuse drugs their easiest way to avoid the situation is to get angry and defensive, starting a fight will avoid the subject of treatment for addiction. You have to approach the situation with care.
Addiction and the Family Primary Support Systems
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 worrying about the addict in recovery and their chance at relapse.
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 movie forward.’ This will help the relapse to drug and alcohol addiction.
Yes, that initial rush may be exhilarating, but what are the consequences? Think before you act. As they say, rock bottom has a basement.
Huffing Inhalants: The Household Agent Of Death
I remember being at a 13th birthday party of all places, and kids out back were Huffing – 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 to experience a rush. For many, this is their first experience of a ‘high.’ Never mind weed
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, the wonder of a wonderbra. The bouncer for some strange reason “believed” that I was of age and let me and my friends enter. The first thing we did was go straight to the bar, ordered 2 shots of vodka each, and celebrated our ‘grown-up’ victory.
Experiment with Addiction
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 morphing between the Goth and the artist, and with my ‘image’ came behaviour, or expected behaviour.
Consequences of Addiction drugs and alcohol
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 heard that familiar sound. It was a crack, and an all too familiar feeling. I spat it out, dug around in my mouth and found it – one of my back teeth had broken in half.
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 and back to Preventing Relapse the daily grind. For some of us, we find ourselves looking for a job, the pressure of getting our kids back into routine and back to school starting, a new career or going back to school. The holiday is over and life begins abruptly – seemingly without warning. The holiday is over folks, and real-life anxiety and pressure begins.
Crack … so what are the Facts?
Describing 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 potent form of cocaine and it appears to be the most dangerous. This is because it is between 75% and 100% pure. It acts faster and is stronger than regular cocaine.
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 petrified of this foreign feeling.
Bath salts also known as “monkey dust” in Great Britain
The name originates from occurrences in which the drugs were concealed in packaging to smuggle through borders as bath salts. The white concentrate, particles, or minerals often resemble Sugar or Epsom salts, but are totally different chemically.
Knowledge is Power when it comes to Addiction: Educate Yourself on Drugs
Houghton House believes that with up to date and accurate information about addictive substances, a person will be more likely to make a correct and fact-based and educated decision. We believe when teaching people the dangers, In Educate Yourself on Drugs all drugs should be included, regardless of the strength or seeming risk of harm.
Picturing an alcoholic and effects of alcohol
I’m sure you imagine an older man or woman, with a blood red nose and dirty clothes. Yes, this is the effects of alcohol and face of alcoholism, a tired and sunken elder who can barely speak. Physical deterioration is true of alcoholism but it is important to remember that the beggar on the side of the road with the distorted nose and torn clothes could have the exact same addiction as the gorgeous housewife dropping her kids off at school.
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 one addiction for another? Many alcoholics begin to self-medicate while others become obsessed with gaming, sex or food. Yup, we have the mind of an addict and the addict mind is incredibly devious. It is about watching your behaviour, calling yourself out on your obsessions and moving forward.
The Facts on Mental Health and Addiction
Many people who suffer from Mental Health and 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.
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 as NA and SLA. These groups all follow similar principles of recovery. Countless lives have been saved because of the determination of two men who searched for a new way of life. These two men were Bill W and Dr. Bob.
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.
Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Success Story
Zoleka Mandela has written an acclaimed memoir, When Hope Whispers, which tells her story of triumph in spite of overwhelming challenges, including a drug addiction, the death of a child and cancer. In her book she writes…
“To Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centre, my home away from home that treated me for my alcohol and drug addiction, thank you for providing me with a safe and supportive home in my time of complete desperation and self-loathing. I also want to thank you for saving my life; affording me that chance to at least give myself the best gift I could in staying clean and sober. Thank you once again for introducing me to all the friends in recovery I have met at Houghton House, and the Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous Fellowships.”
says Zoleka Mandela
Spiritual Leaders & Substance Abuse Addiction in the Community
Spiritual Leaders & 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 dealt with constructively. Admission into treatment can be facilitated with relative ease and appropriate support. See:>>Dealing with the consequences of addiction<<
Costs of an alcohol addiction
The total cost of Private Treatment and Alcohol Rehab Costs may seem like a lot of money. However, if you weigh these costs up against the cost of addiction. Alcohol addicts pay for alcohol, get themselves into trouble and debt to feed their addiction, perhaps lose their job, and with long term use have medical conditions which are very costly to treat. These costs far out-way the cost of alcohol rehabilitation, not to mention the cost of a healthy, happy life.
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 drugs.
Synthetically made containing Methcathinone. It is sold in a powder form. It is compared to crystal meth or cocaine. It can be injected, snorted or inhaled and is highly addictive. CAT causes an intense psychological addiction.
The original 12 Steps as published by Alcoholics Anonymous
Since 1995 Houghton House Group has offered high quality, specialist treatment for those suffering from alcoholism and or drug dependency.
Over time we have become the leading authority in treating and beating addiction in South Africa with and adapted 12 Steps method.
Original 12 Steps
- 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 understood Him.
- Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
Prescription Drug Addiction and Abuse
Treatment at Houghton House Rehab in Johannesburg
Abuse of prescription medication has severe risks for a person’s wellbeing and mental health. Though, because of the fallacy that prescription drugs are somehow safer to use than illegal drugs, individuals use and abuse these medications freely without comprehending the extreme risks they take. In truth, prescription drug use can cause destruction with a person’s family, life and future. See:>>Houghton House long-term treatment Programme<<
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”. See:>>Our Inpatient rehab treatment is recommended for anyone suffering from a serious addiction.<<
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 is pointless. See:>>What is Alcoholism?<<
Heroin affects the body in many ways. Here are 4 of the most extreme 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 analgesic effect is unknown.
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 your teenager?
Drug and alcohol addiction practically always starts off as recreational, when the person drinks and/or uses in a social setting encouraged by having a good time or escaping from sad memories or reality for a bit. Other options are if a prescription drug is overprescribed or the person has a low tolerance and gets addicted easily. This disease of addiction is progressive, and as time passes, the user will begin to exhibit higher tolerances to the drug, often engage in dangerous behavior, experiencing intense cravings, and then withdrawal symptoms to the drug of abuse. See:>>Successful Alcohol & Drug Rehab Treatment<<
Cocaine Impacts the Mind and the Body
Cocaine is a very mentally addictive drug that is sold in powdered or crystalline formats. Cocaine is a powerful central nervous system stimulant that gives a user the feeling of invincibility and sharpness. If only for a while, and then more Cocaine is always needed.
A full understanding of the high risks involved with Cocaine use could stop people from using the drug in the first place.
Seven Cocaine Addiction Warning Signs to watch out for
Cocaine is a extremely addictive substance. What starts off as apparently harmless experimentation can rapidly develop into a actual life-threatening addiction with shattering individual, professional, monetary, family destruction and consequences.
These cocaine addiction warning signs are just a guideline and although there’s a good chance, it doesn’t necessarily mean the person is a cocaine addict. Confronting an addict is a difficult thing to do, and having professional support, might mean the difference between recovery and eventual death.
Exessive Drinking is Dangerous to your Health
The effects of long term drinking can be very damaging to the body and it’s important to know the risks involved.
People drink to celebrate, socialize and relax. Why does alcohol cause people to react differently and feel different? How much to drink is too much? Why do some people become alcoholics and others do not get addicted to alcohol? Houghton House alcohol rehabilitation Centres asks these and many other questions about alcohol and other addictive substances.
So exactly what Are the Effects of Alcohol?
Alcohol’s impact on you starts immediately you take your first sip. The cumulative effects of alcohol drinking, wine, beer, or spirits take their toll over a very short period. The effects of alcohol vary from person to person as every person is different. Some people may be able to control their drinking, whereas other people have a tough time controlling anything – including their alcohol consumption.
First, we should understand what constitutes “one drink” -in order to fully comprehend the consequences of drinking.
Alcoholism involves the inability to manage drinking habits and is a severe form of alcohol abuse.
It is also called alcohol use disorder. There are three categories of alcohol use disorder: slight, moderate, and severe. Each can cause harmful side effects category and has various symptoms. Any type of alcohol abuse can cause the afflicted to lose control and spiral totally out of control If left untreated. See:>>Could you be drinking too much and drinking yourself into trouble?<<
COVID-19 Updates for Clients, Families & Employees at Houghton House Addiction Treatment Centres
The path to recovery from addiction, is already difficult enough, more so during these trying times.
Houghton House Group of Addiction Centres is committed to keeping the health and safety of clients and personnel at our inpatient rehab facilities and care offices. We are open with added screening measures in place and accepting new patients. We are working diligently with our industry peers and associations to ensure the best possible reaction to the shifting situation.
Johannesburg Addiction Centre for Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Treatment
Whether you live in Johannesburg or come from far away, Houghton House Johannesburg addiction treatment centres In Gauteng have a lot to offer. Our Addiction Centres have Inpatient, Outpatient and long term facilities that are among the best rehab treatments in Gauteng, indeed in The Southern hemisphere.
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, choosing a Johannesburg addiction treatment centre, could be the right choice for you.
7 Effective Treatment Methods to help with Alcohol Rehabilitation
There is a lot of research on which program and its components are effective in alcohol rehabilitation.
Understanding how to help an alcoholic is the first step. When an individual is battling with Alcohol Rehabilitation, they may disguise how much they actually drink, lie to everyone and themselves about how much they are drinking – and suffering, and deny outright that they have an issue with alcohol. This makes it problematic for them to get any real help or for the family to talk discuss treatment
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 brought along the social problems that go hand in hand with drug abuse.
Why is long term treatment recommended for Addicts?
Aside from the obvious primary reason for ending drug abuse, long term treatment is aimed at also returning people to a state of mind, soul and function that allows them to be productive, functioning members of society; in their family set-up, their place of work and the community that they live in.
Cocaine Rehab Costs can be High
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.
Unlike other countries in the world Cocaine has only been a major problem for a decade or so. Due to the apartheid regime and lockdown of our borders, this drug was not readily available in South Africa for many years. When South Africa became part of the global society, the availability of this drug, with its social problems, became part of life in South Africa.
Houghton House gives you In-house and Outhouse Options
with our Non-Residential Rehabilitation programme 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 program in the evenings. The outpatient program is modelled on the same philosophy as the residential program and is there to accommodate people that are unable to become inpatients.
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?
Cocaine addiction treatment programmes are readily available, and the first step would be to call a professional. You aren’t the first person to go through this and they’ll be able to give you sound advice on your particular situation.
The effects of addiction and Crystal Meth Treatment
These effects are physical as well as psychological. There is no blueprint for the treatment of patients. Each person’s Crystal Meth Treatment Program has to be evaluated on its own and has to be worked out for a specific patient. Specialized medical personnel aid in this process.
Our 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 rehab for up to three months. During this time, they take part in various therapies including group therapy, individual therapy, relapse prevention therapy, workshops, cognitive behavioural therapy & complimentary activities, fitness programs, meditation, relaxation massages, yoga, etc. There is 24-hour supervision & assistance available as well as an extensive aftercare program. See:>>Drug Addiction Warning Signs<<
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 has seen the recovery of several individuals from across the globe.
See:>>What Are the Addiction Treatment Options that I have?<<
Concerned about a Confidential Drug Rehab when contacting an Addiction Centre in Gauteng?
Even at our Confidential Drug Rehab many people shy from admitting they have a problem because of the social stigma surrounding addiction, this prevents them from taking action when it is most needed. The person fears that if they ask for help, they will be judged, looked down on or ostracised. Many people continue to struggle with substance abuse because of this shame. Nothing could be further from the actual experience at Houghton house See:>>Successful Alcohol & Drug Rehab Treatment<<