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How is A.I. affecting addiction and recovery? A.I. is having a significant impact on addiction and recovery, with advancements in technology being used to improve treatment methods and support for those struggling with addiction. How is Houghton House using A.I. in their drug and alcohol rehabilitation programs? Houghton House, the top rehabilitation site in South

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How to Avoid Addiction and Alcoholism – a logical list

Houghton House is committed to providing comprehensive addiction treatment that focuses on the unique needs of each individual. Our experienced and caring team, evidence-based therapies, and personalized treatment plans set us apart from others, making us a beacon of hope for those seeking recovery and surviving addiction. If you or someone you know is struggling

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Survival Tips to Stay Sober over the Holidays

Survival Tips to Stay Sober The end of year can be quite testing. Not only are stress levels at an all-time high, but there are a significant increase in activities which include alcohol on offer. So if you are sober, trying to get sober or recovering from alcohol addiction, you are undoubtedly looking for an escape from this crazy part of the year. Be it from the marketing, the office parties or even the family gatherings; there is ‘danger’ lurking around every corner. It’s almost as if this part of the year should be renamed boozember!

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Best Advice on Rehab over the Holidays

The holiday season is filled with stress, anxiety and partying. It’s a weird concoction that can have serious consequences. November and December burnout is a very real possibility and the crux of overdoing it at parties and functions becomes a reality for many. It may be a good idea to spend your time at rehab over the holidays instead, and conquer the very demons that are at your door over this challenging period.

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Perspective on Drug Addicts in South Africa & the way We can Help

Drug addiction is dangerous, highly addictive, and resource intensive. Addiction to a substance impairs the person’s ability to manage their life, choosing to pursue intoxicating substances which are addictive and harmful, while willfully experiencing harm they knowingly cause themselves. Read on to find out what are the difficulties facing drug addicts in South Africa and how people can and do help!

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Addiction is a Family Disease here are Practical ways to defeat it

Addiction is a family disease because it impacts the entire family. It’s not just the addict who suffers, but also the spouse, children, parents, grandparents, and other close relatives. Addiction is a disease that doesn’t discriminate. It doesn’t matter what your socioeconomic status is, what race you are, or what gender you are. Addiction can happen to anyone.

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Toxic Relationships and how they affect Drug and Alcohol Addiction

A Toxic Relationship

The saga/court case and toxic relationship between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp was far more than just a spectacle for curious onlookers. Aside from it being a real case between two real humans, it’s a demonstration of the effects of drug use (and abuse), domestic violence and frankly, a very good example of addiction and its devastating effects.

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Drug Rehab Joburg – stages of addiction rehabilitation at Houghton House


Getting to know the addiction rehab process

There are few journeys harder than the one undertaken by a patient to go from an addict with a substance use disorder to a person who is healthy and sober. For most people, it takes a lifelong commitment of dedication and hard work. The road toward sobriety is difficult but professional treatment such as the type offered at Johannesburg’s best rehab centre, Houghton House, helps many people start the journey with vigour and purpose.

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Alcohol Withdrawals

Alcohol and the shakes: Defining tremors from withdrawals

It’s 6am on Monday morning. You wake up, headache throbbing, sweating profusely and you reach over for something liquid next to your bed. The lukewarm water in the glass splashes all over the place as you attempt to bring it to your mouth. You have an uncontrollable shake that you just cannot get rid of. It’s called the ‘alcohol shakes’ and is loosely defined as the tremors caused by Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome, which occurs in some frequent alcohol users when they suddenly stop drinking. 

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Withdrawal – Why Drugs and Alcohol can Kill You

Why withdrawal can be deadly.

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

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Alcohol Detox and Rehab Programmes

What to Know About Alcohol Detox and Rehab Programmes

No one on earth is the same. This is particularly true when it comes to addiction. When it comes to treating alcohol use disorder (AUD is a condition that can be diagnosed when your pattern of alcohol use is problematic and causes significant distress), everyone has different needs.  Symptoms and needs can range from mild to severe and the care you’ll need depends to a degree, on where you fall in that range.

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2020 is over. Time to get sober!

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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!

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Am I a Drug Addict? The Informative New Test

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.

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Am I an Alcoholic?

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?

With 26 questions, this Am I an Alcoholic self-test is intended to help you determine if you or someone you know needs help and to find out more about themselves and their relationship with alcohol .

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9 Opportunities to avoid a Relapse over these Pandemic Holidays

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.

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Amazing Sober Festive Season Activities

Ideas for sober activities

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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 holidays” Sober Festive Season Activities are 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?Well some of those parties will have to be avoided. 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. Luckily you don’t have to look too far to find new, fun, Sober Festive Season Activities to take part in or host.

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Staying Sober Over the first Pandemic Holidays

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.

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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?<<

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Like A Normal Person, these are the Special Celebrity Faces of Recovery

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.

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All About Drugs and Alcohol

Talking About Drugs and Alcohol…

Dan-Wolf Psychologist Director of the Best Rehab in Johannesburg near meBy: 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.

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Behavioral Addiction – How do people change?

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.

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25 Reasons why Addiction Treatment Works at Houghton House

Houghton House has a lot to celebrate this month!

25 years Johannesburg’s premium alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation centre proving that Addiction Treatment WorksHoughton House Group of Treatment Centres has a lot to celebrate this month! For 25 years, Johannesburg’s premium alcohol and substance abuse rehabilitation centre has provided world-class residential, Inpatient and Outpatient addiction treatment along with extensive Halfway House facilities which support patient’s ongoing care. Established in 1995, Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres See:>>What Are the Addiction Treatment Options that I have?<<

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The Addicted Family and the Impact

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.

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Revealing the 7 Habits of Highly Addictive People

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.

Summer Fun In Recovery from Addiction

5 Steps to Ensure Summer Fun In your Recovery from Addiction

“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.

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5 Reasons why 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 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.

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Alcohol abuse and addiction is very real in South Africa

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?

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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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Authorized and Open During Lockdown in Beautiful South Africa

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!

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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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Addiction Therapy Treatment for you Now!

Cognitive-behavioural therapy and the Importance of Extending Treatment

Addiction professionals have gained a better understanding of how addiction develops and affects patient’s lives over time. For many addicts, the first step towards recovering from this life-threatening condition is simply going into rehab. But is one stint in a primary facility enough? Because there are several tiers of treatment that addicts can undergo, each giving the addict a greater chance of successfully avoiding relapse.

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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.<<

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Codependent – helping the addict stay sick.

An introduction to codependent behavior.

While this article will primarily focus on the codependent behavior between an addict and their family, it will touch on other aspects of codependent behavior as well. this behavior isn’t just restricted to addicts, nor is it even restricted to the relationship between addicts and those they’re close to.

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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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Could You Unwittingly be Enabling an Addiction

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.

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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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ADDICT NEEDS HELP : WHY YOU MAY NEED IT

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

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.

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How to Communicate With a addict who Lies about 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 to do when a loved one has an addiction

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.

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Substance Induced Anxiety Disorder

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.<<

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Using Cannabis an overview from one of South Africa’s top Psychiatrists

The consequences of cannabis use

The following is a technical overview of cannabis use from a leading South African psychiatrist. It includes the reasoning behind the exclusion of cannabis as a form of treatment by psychiatrists.

Please note: This writer has no affiliation or relationship to Houghton House group of treatment centres.


Studies on Cannabis

Most studies which discuss the advantages of cannabis were conducted in the 1970’s. Back then, the average ‘joint’ contained 120 to 2500 cannabinoids. Today, as a result of cross-breeding and tampering, the average cannabinoid count per joint sits between12 000 and 120 000.  To illustrate, the difference is the equivalent disparity between 1 cup of coffee and over 1000 cups. In relative terms, the first is “safe” and the second is considered extreme. There are at least 113 different cannabinoids known to man,  many of which are unstudied and their effects, unknown. See:>>The Marijuana Addiction Gateway Drug<<

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