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Withdrawal – Why Drugs and Alcohol can Kill You

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Why withdrawal can be deadly.

Alcohol and Benzodiazepine (see below) withdrawal are considered the worst. Even more so than heroin derivatives because of the deadly potential of seizures and death. Often a person who is addicted to alcohol or drugs may lie to themselves and be in a state of denial about their problems, their issues and their destructive lifestyle, for long periods of time.

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Sober Festive Season Activities

Ideas For sober pandemic festive season activities

An issue that many recovering alcoholics have to deal with is the concept of creating new holiday memories minus alcohol. Now, with the world going into its first “pandemic holiday” this task is even more challenging. Think about the holiday parties, the office parties, the wines and ciders, the braais and good times – how many of those don’t involve alcohol? The one plus of this pandemic is that thankfully, for those in recovery, many of those parties have been cancelled. These can be tough waters to navigate as a newly sober (or just sober for that matter) person, so you are going to need a bit of help getting creative with your social life and festive season planning.

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Addiction and Mental Health in Johannesburg in the times of COVID-19

Addiction and Mental Health in Johannesburg Gauteng

If there was ever a time where the prioritising of Addiction and Mental Health in Johannesburg Gauteng needed to be reinforced, it is now, during the times of COVID-19. For those who understand the interconnectedness between mental health and addiction, this is a reminder; for those who do not know, mental health plays a crucial role in the route an addict can take, both on the road out of addiction and the reason why they are an addict.

Lockdown Levels have relaxed – our safety precautions have not!

Lockdown Levels have relaxed – our safety precautions have not!

Our safety precautions at the top Rehabilitation Centre in Johannesburg Gauteng

As South Africa and the world try to find stability in these challenging times, one thing remains the same: our number one priority is and will always be to protect and care for our clients, staff, families and friends. Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres remains committed to providing the best addiction rehabilitation in Gauteng.
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Wine Mom

Wine Mom – the development of a dangerous trend during the lockdown

You know her, you may be her. Simply put, she is a mother and she drinks wine. That’s really all that it takes to join the ranks of the ‘wine mom” group and yet there is so much more to the seemingly innocent term than just a good time and motherhood.

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Alcohol abuse and addiction is very real in South Africa

The wait for many South Africans is almost over. But nobody considers alcohol abuse a problem.


A sense of victory is building up for those who have had to go without a drink for several weeks due to the national lockdown and banning of alcohol sales across the country. But just what does the reopening of bottle stores and the reselling of alcohol mean to those who are addicted to alcohol, especially in the month of June, which ironically enough is Drug Awareness Month?

Continuing Care HELPING-HAND

Providing a Model of Continuing Care

Houghton House: Providing a Model of Continued Care.

There’s a myth perpetuated in addiction-treatment circles that only a very small percentage of addicts or alcoholics recover. That is, in the sense that they achieve significant, long-lasting recovery. But this is not true.


Making a Difference

What makes the vital difference in the lives of many patients is the time spent within a care-giving recovery-based system. At Houghton House, for instance, we employ a multidisciplinary, multi-tiered approach of continued care designed to aid patients every step of the way. The benefit? Up to 60% of our admissions go on to live meaningful lives.

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Online Outpatient Programme for 2021

Houghton House Virtual Outpatient Programme Addiction treatment services

Providing real-time intensive outpatient sessions via Zoom.   

2020/20201 Covid-19 Pandemic has wreaked havoc on the world. Job security is under pressure, social interaction has been all but reduced to nil as we battle on towards a healthier world. With that being said, although we have changed our lives to adapt to the ending of the pandemic through the National Lockdown and all the restrictions it brings with it, drug addiction and recovery has not suddenly paused. Rather, new and inspiring ways to work through addiction have been created and Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres is at the forefront of these new innovations with our Virtual Outpatient Programme.

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I had my best trip during lockdown

This lockdown that we are all in together has been interesting.

It’s the place where I have found the tools I was given in rehabilitation to be just as effective for others “trapped” in lockdown as I was in addiction. Funny that huh? One thing that I am going to say which may come as a surprise from someone who went to rehab for drug addiction is this; I had my best trip during lockdown.

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Facing COVID-19 – the time to enter recovery is now!

Lockdown – time to clean up and enter recovery


Enter recovery now Houghton House Rehabilitation Centre is keeping its facilities open during the COVID-19 lockdown. Their facilities remain safe and with professional staff employed the team remains strong for those who they currently treat and for those yet to come.See:>>Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg<<

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Diary of recovering addict during lockdown

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.

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Rehabilitation Centre Open During Coronovirus Lockdown in Gauteng South Africa

Our doors remain open during Coronovirus 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-

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Covid-19 virus and Anxiety Issues

How To Stop The Anxiety Spiralling Out Of Control with the Covid-19 virus. “It’s natural for us to worry about potential dangers to our safety and wellbeing. So if you’re feeling concerned about the Coronavirus, you’re not alone. Yet, for some of us, this concern can quickly grow into anxiety, even panic. Hearing about shortages

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Common misconceptions of addiction.

There are several common misconceptions and misunderstandings by the general public about addiction. Houghton House as a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre with extensive experience in this area would like to highlight some of these misconceptions around addiction in order to help loved ones understand the problems the addict has, how to deal with the issue and what they can do about it.

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Behavioural Addiction can be difficult to identify

Behavioural Addictions 

A typical reaction when hearing the word ‘addiction’ often involves the thought that the addict is using alcohol or drugs. What is often a surprise to people is that behaviours can also be addictive. Even professionals in the mental health field sometimes struggle with the concept that behaviours are potentially addictive.

Can watching porn be considered an addiction?

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Struggling with addiction? Things you should be saying to your addicted loved one

Do you have a loved one that is struggling with addiction?

It is often very difficult to talk to them about their struggles with addiction. In part because addiction involves a number of defense mechanisms that serve to protect the addict and their addictive behavior. It doesn’t matter if they are addicted to drugs or alcohol, the mechanisms act in the same way.See:>>Dealing with the consequences of addiction.<<

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Drug addiction starts with Peer Pressure.

The effect peer pressure has on an individual’s drug use.

Drug abuse doesn’t just happen.

No drug (including alcohol) is immediately addiction-causing. For the vast majority of people, the drugs they do try and the wild drinking binges they might do, don’t result in addiction. But groups, that is those who cause peer pressure, do play a significant role in the start of many an addict or alcoholic’s big life misadventure.

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Internet & Gaming Addictions

Internet addiction disorder

The fastest-growing addiction worldwide

A very recent trend  “Internet addiction disorder”(IAD) is characterised by the obsessive and disproportionate use of the internet. Other existing mental health issues can be linked with Internet and Gaming like addiction,  depression and other related disorders.
It is of crucial importance to consult a mental health professional in cases of IAD. A professional therapist is required to identify the root problem and suggest strategies and techniques that will further the addict’s recovery process. See:>>How to help drug addicts first and foremost.<<

Say NO to drinking and drugging

Say NO to drinking and drugging

 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.

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Are you Drinking too much Alcohol?

Could you be drinking too much and drinking yourself into trouble?

Drinking too much alcohol, known as the “social lubricant.” often used to ‘break the ice’  – particularly on holidays or at parties.  Bouts of excessive drinking can often feel like a “necessary” part of the celebration.
Here’s the thing though; drinking too much alcohol at a party, a get-together, a wedding, a birthday or at any time really, can be a sign of Alcohol Use Disorder.  That’s drinking too much Alcohol See:>>Dealing with the consequences of addiction.<<

Loving an addict

Loving an addict

Loving an addict: a personal guide to a new you.

 It’s always a fairy-tale in the beginning.

I suppose. Like they say in the classics, first comes the good part, for better and then, the bad part comes around, for worse…loving an addict.  For me, my sweet princess turned into a devilish damsel filled with anger and rage. I watched my entire world collapse; the sun was setting on my love story.

How to help drug addicts.

How To Help Drug Addicts.

 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?<<

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Do You Need Rehab? Top Reasons You May Need Addiction Treatment.

ADDICT NEEDS HELP? : WHY YOU MAY NEED IT

Accepting that you may need help with substance abuse or alcoholism may at first be difficult.  It is, however, a step that must be taken sooner rather than later if you intend on living. Yes. If you intend on living. Addiction has the innate ability to destroy your health, meltdown your professional life and cut down your personal life. Countless times lives have been taken away, families separated and even more tragically, kids have been irreparably affected because an addiction has not been tamed and removed. Before these addictions claim your life you should take measures to remove them and in order to do that you need to opt for treatment.

Communicate with an Addict

How To Communicate With Loved Ones Who Have Drug Problems

Tough conversations: How to Communicate with an Addict

You can rise above anything in life with a positive attitude.

If you have a deep desire to help someone dear to you who is dealing with an addiction the most valuable piece of advice to heed is to keep the door open. What door you ask? Your own one. The way you communicate with an addict, offering much-needed support and appropriate advice can change a person’s outlook on life and may swing an addict towards rehabilitation and the light of recovery. It may be one of the toughest things to do if it has been before (or many times before) and the results have been negative. It is also hard to keep a hand outstretched if it keeps being bitten. See:>>Helping your loved one seek treatment for addiction<<

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GHB Addiction – Liquid Ecstasy – The Date Rape Drug

What is GHB?

GHB is the acronym for Gamma-hydroxybutyrate, a potent central nervous system depressant.  It’s considered a club drug and is sought out for its alcohol-like effects, but it often causes people to lose consciousness. GHB is highly addictive and causes severe withdrawal symptoms. It commonly comes as a colourless, odourless, bitter or salty tasting liquid, usually sold in small bottles or vials. It also comes as a bright blue liquid (sometimes called “blue nitro”) and less commonly as a crystal powder.

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Stigma -The Issue of Shame and Addiction

Definition of Stigma

If you look up the definition of ‘Stigma’ in the dictionary you will see it as being defined as “a mark of shame or discredit.”  It’s been prevalent in human culture since the very beginnings of society, and it’s use and branding of people can be easily traced back to Ancient Greece, where a stigma was an unfortunate brand or mark used on slaves or other individuals whom ‘authorities’ deemed as inferior or morally corrupt to all others in society.

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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, TikTok, Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter, the different types of social platforms go on and on, as does the opportunity for eternal embarrassment. Yes, it can be real! Pictures of you doing things that may haunt you for years to come will be out there on the internet forever. Not to mention the live options that we are all using these days. When you’re intoxicated and feeling fab, live is the way to go, right? Wrong, you’ll regret it tomorrow…be careful.

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Porn & Sex Addiction in the Workplace

Porn and Sex Addiction is a Huge Workplace Issue


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Kenneth Wilson – Director of Houghton House Outpatient Services.

How to deal with Porn in the Workplace

As one of the registered Counselling Psychologists at Houghton House  Kenneth treats patients with Porn issues, Love addiction and sex addiction. These addictions are seen as are intimacy disorders and needs for control, power, love or affection. Like all addictions, intimacy disorders like sex addiction and love addiction are progressive in nature. More Details at http://cleanstart.co.za/ 

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TIK Crystal Meth Abuse in South Africa

The Short Straw- Methamphetamine Addiction:

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 do the hard work in treatment, and particularly the aftercare where many battle. It’s daunting, but we have to face up to the challenge – starting with understanding what it is, what it does and how we can support abusers in fighting their addiction.

Link to Article on Methamphetamine

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What is the Drug Nyaope?

South Africa’s Scourge of Nyaope

 

Nyaope is an illegal dangerous and highly addictive South African street drug also known as Whoonga.

 

According to the South African Police Services Forensics drug abuse team in Pretoria, 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.

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