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What Happens At Rage Stays At Rage


That’s in a perfect world. What happens at Rage goes on Facebook, Instagram, Snap Chat, Twitter the types of social platforms goes on and on. Pictures of you doing things that may embarrass you for years to come will be out there on the internet forever. Not to mention the live options that we are all using these days. When you’re intoxicated and feeling fab, live is the way to go, right? Wrong, you’ll regret it tomorrow…

You’ve waited 12 years of your school career to have this 10 day jam packed party paradise at Rage, don’t mess it up by not being able to remember any of it, or by being arrested using or selling drugs which will mark your future for years to come. Rather let this be a fabulous memory of your last days of Matric before the final results come out.

Be aware of guys with faces that are too hairy and muscles to Dac 4 Vac – this is probably their 4th time at Rage and they’re preying on the young innocent new Ragers.What Happens At Rage Stays At Rage

It’s too late to tell you about accommodation and passports, because that is usually done in January, so if you’re Raging in 2019 sort out your accommodation and passports now. The passports are a way of staying safe as your movements are tracked when you go in and out of the various gigs or jams or transport systems.

So Take Care

Have your wits about you all the time.

Don’t carry cash, rather buy the tokens offered by the organizers.

Keep your phone and room card safe.

Be sure to party with a buddy system.

Have your best friend there to hold your hair or man bun back while you throw up, rather than taking photos of you or doing a live video of you!

Even at Rage here is the possibility of your drinks being spiked… even if you knowingly spiked them yourself.

Always have an emergency contact number in your memory or safely stashed in your pocket, not on your phone, when you’re in that state you’re bound to have already misplaced or have had your phone stolen. Let this contact person be aware you will call at any time of day or night if there is a crisis, or you’re not coping with the reaction to alcohol or especially drugs are causing.

Don’t be afraid of crowds or smelly people – at Rage there will be loads of them crammed into a tent with mud underfoot. You will lose your shoes, don’t wear your Jimmy Choo’s, or your New White Nike’s. Trainers and flops are the way to go.

redfrogsBe on a lookout for the red frogs, they are there to help if you’ve had too much to drink or the drugs you’ve taken are having a bad effect on you, they will be outside all the  Rage events & venues to help.

Work on a daily budget and stick to it. Make sure food is a priority and not only booze and drugs are included.

3 things not to forget

Sunblock.  It’s gonna be hot in the sun in that pool – you don’t want to spend the next 3 days in agony. 

Toothpaste. After a night on the tiles  … a fresh mouth is the best!

Condoms. Yeah. 

Oh and the 4th thing not to forget.

Do your parents a favour by touching base on a daily basis, this is probably their hard earned cash you’re splashing around and they deserve to know that you’re safe and having a good time. 

Most of all Rage Safe and come home with magic memories… and epic photo moments.

Rage Out!

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

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

There is a very specific reason why you will see alarmingly bright warning signs on the sides of prescription bottles. Like a poisonous fish,  the colours are a warning to be careful before you consume and to be careful about what you consume when taking the medication.  One of those warnings relates to mixing Benzodiazepines and Alcohol and it’s something you should take extra heed of.

Benzodiazepines and Alcohol … a bad mix

Mixing Benzodiazepines and Alcohol, and Why it's Bad for youThe warning, which often reads as plainly as ‘Do not drink alcohol while you take this medication.’ You don’t need to have a white coat and the word Doctor before your name on a business card to realise that mixing any form of prescription drug with alcohol is a silly idea, but what you should realise that mixing benzodiazepines and your favourite tipple is INCREDIBLY dangerous. If right now you or someone you know and love is abusing themselves by mixing these two items possibly only a really good a drug and rehabilitation treatment centre can help and most likely could be the all-important life vest to rescue from very choppy waters of substance abuse.

Benzodia… what?

Alright so we have been throwing this vowel saturated, super consonant endowed word called “Benzodiazepines” around, but what is it and where are they found?

Benzodiazepines are medications that slow responses in the central nervous system, thus producing a feeling of calm and relaxation. They have many nicknames and street names, often called “Benzos.”  Discovered by accident in the 1950s, they were welcomed with open arms by the medical world as a safer, more controlled substance than barbiturates.

Fast forward a few years later into the 1960s and these trusty medicines were being used to treat a school bus of human problems including anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, muscle spasms and seizures. Here’s the all-important bit of medicinal guidance about them, they are only to be used short term because, yep you guessed it they are extremely addictive.

Um, so which prescribed medicines are benzodiazepines ?

Valium (diazepam), Xanax (alprazolam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Klonopin (clonazepam), Serax (oxazepam) and Rohypnol (flunitrazepam)

Why is it dangerous to mix benzodiazepines and alcohol?

So don’t get us wrong, used correctly, Benzodiazepines are actually a relatively effective medicine to use, as directed. The moment you bring uncle alcohol to the party though, that’s when things go south. Both alcohol and benzodiazepines are central nervous depressants and they both have a sedative effect on the user. Now, you use both together and guess what, yep, the effects intensify. Are you starting to see why you are moving into the realms of substance abuse and alcohol abuse and this is a very BAD idea?

What will happen to me if I mix the two?

Unfortunately unless you are handy with a crystal ball, it is almost impossible to predict exactly how mixing benzodiazepines and combining alcohol will affect you. Why? Because there are a number of factors that affect the situation such as food consumption, how you absorb alcohol and how much of both alcohol and benzodiazepines you have taken and their potency (alcohol content etc). Your age, your weight and health situation including the state of your kidneys and liver are also key factors.

Let’s be very honest for a second

When you mix benzodiazepines and alcohol the side effects can result in some serious physical and mental issues. Here are few of the big ones that can and most likely will happen if you don’t listen to that big warning label:

  • Delusions
  • Issues with co ordination
  • Confusion
  • Impaired gag reflexes
  • Psychosis
  • Mania
  • Agitation
  • Amnesia
  • Dizziness
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Hallucinations
  • Respiratory depression
  • Mania
  • Aggression

If you feel you need addiction treatment and you or a loved one find you’re unable to stay away from benzo’s and or alcohol, please call Houghton House and arrange an assessment with one of our professional staff members. Alternatively, you can click on the green envelope below and fill in our contact form and we will get back to you via email or give you a call – respecting your anonymity at all times.

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Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Tips To Stay Motivated in Long-Term Sobriety

Recovery is a lifelong battle.

There is no report card or final grade. A life filled with long-term recovery and a life in sobriety, is a life that will bring you happiness and joy. So much that it may leave you feeling undeserving of the gifts you have been given.

The trick to a lasting recovery is to constantly be growing. We must always be moving forward. If you are not growing, you are dying. This is especially true in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, or addiction of any kind.

Over the years, I have learned a few tips and tricks that enable me to keep growing and keep moving forward. I would love to share my experience with you in hopes that I may help someone in need.

Find What Works For You and Stick to It

Here is what works for me.

  • I call my sponsor most nights.
  • I go to the same meeting every Tuesday evening.
  • I exercise and I meditate after my runs.
  • I take care of my body.
  • I pray before I go to bed.
  • I stay connected to the people I love.

That is my recovery plan in a nutshell. Granted, there is a bit more to it than that, but I can safely say that as long as I continue to do those things, I will stay sober.

The real question is, what works for you?

Find what works, find what keeps you centered and keeps you spiritually fit and stick to it. There is always room for trying new things and we will get to that shortly.

Build A Routine

There is no question that my routine keeps me on the straight and narrow path.

I wake up at the same time every day. I go to bed around the same time every day. I get to work and leave work at the same time every day. Some days I stay late because I enjoy what I do, but my routine is important because when if I stay late too often, then I am missing out on other experiences that I enjoy.

Finding a balanced routine will make your life so much easier.

You won’t be wasting time and energy moving around. Your mind will be more focused. When I get off my routine, I notice that I get tired from all the extra thinking I have to do. I try to stay out of my own head as much as possible.

It took me some time to find my routine, and sometimes I admit I do feel like I get stuck on auto-pilot. When that happens it usually means it’s time for a vacation. So I unplug, I refresh and then I get back to it.

Take Care Of Yourself

My sponsor often reminds me that addiction is spiritual, mental and physical.

In addition, I abused my spirit, my mind, and my body. So in active recovery it is important that I take care of all three.

There is no question that physical health is usually what is lacking in recovering addicts or alcoholics. Abusing food, sugar or being slothful are all common replacements for the drugs and alcohol.

I am lucky because I have always enjoyed exercise, and I have always been interested in nutrition and how the body works. But this doesn’t mean you need to be a health nut to take care of yourself.

Be sure to get enough sleep. Be sure to eat vegetables. Be sure to exercise. You don’t need to run a marathon. Go for a mile walk around the block a few times a week.

Taking care of yourself is a bona fide method strengthen your sobriety, as well as improve your emotional and mental health. Exercise releases endorphins which creates a “natural high.” Not to mention it is a great stress relief.

Always look for ways to grow!

If your needing help for yourself or a loved one please contact us

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Written by Tim S


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

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


…yet everybody asks me why I don’t drink alcohol!

In my social circle it’s a general opinion that heroin is extremely destructive – only junkies do heroin, those ugly homeless people with bad skin, prostitutes and low life men. The cliche of a heroin addict.

Socially, the question of using heroin, well …it never comes up!

Because I’ve quit heroin, and because I’m an addict, means I’ve had to quit ALL mind and mood altering substances. So I don’t – well, can’t drink socially – or anywhere else! I’ve had to explain this decision that I cannot have a drink more times than I can count. The funny thing about this is that alcohol is arguably more harmful than many illegal drugs, heroin included. Alcohol is one of the most addictive of drugs ever discovered. It’s so addictive that heavy drinkers are at risk of death when they quit cold turkey. Something that is not true for the majority of other drugs.

Alcohol use is treated so differently from illegal drug use precisely because it is so normalised in society thanks to its status as a legal intoxicant.
When you don’t drink, you start to notice how much of a problem alcohol is for so many people. After spending numerous social events sober, observing, you start asking yourself, why anyone would want to do this to themselves? Acting stupid, looking stupider and losing your dignity at the bottom of a shot glass.

Unfortunately somehow, when you’re sober, people insist on hanging all over you, telling you their deepest darkest secrets. Most people actually don’t understand what I mean when I say “I don’t drink.” I’ve heard everything from “Come-on champagne isn’t really alcohol, right?” to “Yeah, I know you don’t drink, but here just have one!” For not taking part in this social activity I’m automatically branded as abnormal, unless I can give a satisfactory explanation for declining to drink alcohol.

There are times when I will put Appetiser into a champagne glass, as it looks just like champagne to alleviate the question of “Why aren’t you drinking? Are you ok? You’ll spoil the party if you stay sober!” Other times when I’ll say “I’m allergic to alcohol, as it gives me terrible asthma” – I get “Oh dear, you poor darling that must be terrible that you can’t drink…” as a response.

If I replied “I can’t drink, because if I drink, I’ll trash the place! I’ll steal your boyfriend – and your car – and I’ll start taking heroin in large quantities!”
I would be stared at in horror, open-mouthed, ostracized, given the cold shoulder and be asked to leave immediately.

Why is it acceptable to drink alcohol but not to take heroin?
Simply because one is legal and the other is not?
Yet they are both as deadly!

Ok… it’s not as simple as that …but then again – it is as simple as that…

Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

Effects Of Alcohol Abuse

Alcohol gets transported through the stomach and small intestine into the blood stream. Circulation causes the alcohol to spread through all parts of the body. The alcohol reaches the brain after about 10 minutes. With a full stomach, the intake of alcohol takes a little bit longer than on an empty stomach. Alcohol numbs your brain. This is due to the effect that alcohol has on the transmission of signals in the nerves and brain.

Because of this anaesthetic certain inhibitions disappear from the drinker. The drinker feels relaxed. Alcohol can also make someone very aggressive, depressed or anxious. The more a person consumes, the stronger the effect.

Effects of alcohol abuse by glass of alcohol consumed:

  • 1-3 glasses (0 to 0.5 ml) relaxed, uninhibited, cheerful
  • 3-7 glasses (0.5 to 1.5 per thousand) tipsy
  • 7-15 glasses (1.5 to 3 per thousand) drunk
  • 15-20 glass (3 to 4 per thousand) totally inebriated
  • + 20 to 25 glasses (4 per thousand and above) pass out

Effects of alcohol abuse on the organs:

Alcohol may cause long-term effects on the following organs:

  • Brains
  • Liver
  • Stomach
  • Cardiovascular

The Brain and Alcohol Abuse
After drinking 1 to 2 glasses of alcohol the brain is working less than normal. If you drink for a long time, averaging more than 25 glasses of alcoholic drinks per week, you run the risk of brain damage. Your memory is decreasing, you think slower, you are less creative, you adapt poorly to new situations. The brain doesn’t work as good and the volume of the brain may shrink up to 15% in excessive drinkers. Heavy drinking, combined with a lack of vitamin B1, can lead to irreversible brain damages. The most serious form is Korsakoff syndrome.

Alcohol Abuse on the Liver
Alcohol is a toxic substance that needs to be broken down in the body. This degradation process occurs in the liver. With excessive alcohol abuse, the degradation disrupts the function of the liver.

After consuming large amounts of alcohol in a short period of time, you get a fatty liver (accumulation of fat in the liver). The liver may swell. The effects of alcohol abuse on the liver may include pain, poor appetite, nausea, vomiting and sometimes jaundice occurs. The liver will recover when drinking is stopped.

The effects of alcohol abuse over years can lead to liver cirrhosis: destroyed liver cells and scarring in the liver and the liver eventually stops functioning. Cirrhosis is a fatal disease.

The inside of the stomach lining is coated. The function of this lining is to protect the stomach lining against gastric acid. Excessive alcohol consumption can damage the mucous membrane and nasty diseases can be the result.

The effects of alcohol abuse on the stomach include stomach splints or an ulcer.

Drinking alcohol can cause heart disease. Examples include high blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia and strokes.

However, drinking no-more than 1 to 2 glasses per day show a protective effect on the heart and blood vessels. This beneficial effect is only for healthy men and women over the age of 40.

Exercise, healthy eating and not smoking are a far better way to prevent cardiovascular disease.

Alcohol Abuse & Cancer
The risk of cancer of the mouth and pharynx, larynx and oesophagus is increased by drinking more than three glasses of alcohol per day. Women, who have more than 2 glasses of alcohol a day, have an increased risk of breast cancer. Heavy drinkers also have the potential for cancer of the liver and colon.

The effects of alcohol abuse are far reaching. Getting help as soon as possible will decrease the risk of liver cancer significantly.

Houghton House holistic alcoholic treatment center is located in Randburg, Gauteng. The treatment centers specialise in alcoholic recovery cases and have been treating patients suffering from drinking problems for the past twenty  years.

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Teen Binge Drinking: The Facts

What is Alcoholism?

What is Alcoholism?

Alcoholism may cause a physical and psychological dependence.
Physical dependence: this form of dependence is due to two properties of alcohol.

  1. It is increasingly necessary to achieve the desired alcohol effect. This process is called tolerance.
  2. The body protests when no more alcohol is given. The protest is reflected in detoxification or withdrawal symptoms: feeling sick, trembling, feeling frightened.

The fact that alcohol can cause physical dependence means in practice that there is every chance the addict will continue to drink and also increasingly get used to combating the withdrawal symptoms.

Psychological dependence:
This is the real addiction. The alcoholic feels very uneasy if he/she is not intoxicated. There is a very strong desire (craving) for alcohol.

Both the physical and psychological dependency is partly explained by processes occurring in the brain. Chemicals get released in the brain when alcohol is broken down because a busy spot in cell metabolism is normally occupied by other substances. After a long period of non-drinking, the natural process in brain cells recover.

Chronic alcoholism:
We speak of chronic alcoholism when repeated attempts to drink less or stop alcohol consumption fails and the alcoholic always falls back into the old pattern of drinking.

The Houghton House Group drug rehabilitation treatment centre is located in Johannesburg (South Africa). The treatment programs that form the group provide specialist treatment in alcoholism problems and have been treating patients for over twenty years.

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Johannesburg Addiction Clinics

Johannesburg Addiction Clinics

Johannesburg addiction clinics offer rehabilitation for various forms of addiction.

Some of these addictions include:

  • Drug addiction
  • Alcohol addiction
  • Gambling addiction
  • Sex Addiction
  • Prescription drug addiction

If you or a loved one is suffering from any one of these addictions, a Johannesburg addiction clinic like Houghton House is the right place to get help. You can call one of our professional staff members and find out more about the treatment options offered at Houghton House.

It’s not easy making the decision to go to rehab, but trying to quit any addiction on your own is much more difficult than going into an addiction clinic. At a Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres, you’ll find all the tools you need to become an addiction success story.

Types Of Treatment Clinics in Johannesburg

  • Primary Care Addiction Clinic
  • Secondary Care Addiction Clinic
  • Tertiary Care Addiction Clinic
  • Outpatient Programs

The Houghton House Group is the most effective drug rehab program located in Gauteng. The treatment centres that form the group provide specialist treatment in substance abuse cases and have been helping people to beat their addictions for over 21 years.

Alcohol Rehab Costs

Residential Drug Rehab Clinics

Residential Drug Rehab Clinics forAlcohol Rehabilitation

Which treatment programs are effective?
There is a lot of research on which program and its components are effective in alcohol rehabilitation.

Several methods can be effective:

  • Enhance the motivation to reduce or stop;
  • Use of certain medications;
  • Ensuring that people are not suffering from withdrawal symptoms;
  • To identify situations where it is difficult not to drink;
  • Developing skills such as: saying no, being assertive with your free time;
  • To involve your partner in the treatment;
  • Knowing how to react if you fall after alcohol rehabilitation (relapse prevention).

It appears that in alcohol rehabilitation, the following interventions are effective:

1. Strengthen the motivation to change
Think about what are:
– Advantages and disadvantages of using alcohol
– Pros and cons of cutting down or quitting.

2. Treating the withdrawal symptoms during alcohol rehabilitation
The removal of withdrawal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and anxiety, can ease the process and help the addict in treatment.

3. The prescription of medication
There are three kinds of medication:
– Medication that removes the desire or craving for alcohol
– Medication that makes you sick if you do drink alcohol
– Medication that prohibits the withdrawal symptoms

Regular monitoring of this medication is essential for successful treatment.

4. Ascertaining situations where it is difficult not to drink
Knowing these situations and knowing how you react in these situations can help you and prevent the possibility of relapse.

5. Social skills training
Social skills such as: you can say no to a drink that is offered to you, assertiveness training and recreational training are important in treatment.

6. Involving the partner in alcohol rehabilitation
By involving your partner or loved ones in the treatment, communication is improved and the treatment may be of stronger success.

7. Relapse prevention
A good way to respond to relapse is to get help and start again on the road of recovery.

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Alcohol and the Body: This 'Aint Pretty

Alcohol Addiction

Alcohol Addiction

When someone drinks a lot and is an alcohol addict or alcoholic, the body becomes accustomed to it. As a result, more and more alcohol is needed to get the same effect. This “habit” is called tolerance. Alcohol addiction when someone drinks a lot and is an alcohol addict or alcoholic, the body becomes accustomed to it. The body undergoes severe withdrawal symptoms when the addict tries to stop drinking.

Want to know if you drink too much? Call us for a free addiction assessment.

Causes of alcohol addiction
There are numerous factors that play a varying role in alcohol addiction:

  • Biological factors
    Genetics may play a role. Some people have a genetic predisposition and in fact an increased chance of developing an alcohol addiction.
  • Psychological factors
    Some mental health problems make a person vulnerable to developing an alcohol addiction. Some people might feel more in control when abusing alcohol in difficult situations.
  • Social factors
    The situation or environment such as the family or the workplace, can influence the use of alcohol heavily. People who are brought up in a home where alcohol abuse is normal, might be more inclined to overuse alcohol.

The only way to find out why you abuse alcohol, is to go through rehabilitation and really explore your use. Houghton House provides the perfect environment for you to tackle these tough questions about your alcohol addiction and understand the true reasons for your alcohol abuse.

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