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My Partners Success Story In Our Fight With His Addiction

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Four years ago I was in a sorry state. My partner was in active addiction and I was suffering and sick.

I did not know what to do any more,  I was overwhelmed and frightened. My ultimate fears were that I might make his addiction worse or if I asked him to get help he might choose drugs over me and leave me.

I was in turmoil. He was spending my money, he had lost his job, we did not see our friends very often.  I was constantly distracted and on edge. I had threatened pleaded and made lots of suggestions and demands , but the situation just carried on and got worse. My stress levels were high and I was not looking after myself, I was consumed with trying to control my partner and stop him using drugs and “make him better” I got more and more resentful and angry, but I had no one to talk or get advice from.

And then he disappeared for 2 nights and I decided that I was not willing to live like that anymore and with extreme reluctance and in great fear  I took a stand and gave him a choice “ leave or go to rehab”

He agreed and after a bit more negotiating, and me sticking to my heart sore decision, my partner came into Houghton House and started his recovery journey.

As he was admitted I was advised to attend the weekly Houghton House family counselling sessions.

My first reaction was “ I’m ok, he’s got the problem, not me!” but I reluctantly agreed to attend. At first I did it because I wanted to find new ways to make my partner better, to find new ways to control him and make sure he did not use.

I quickly learnt that family counselling was for me , to help me to learn new ways of looking at, and dealing with, old problems. To start looking after myself

At first some of the information I heard was hard for me to understand, accept, take in or even hear.

But I kept on coming back every week to the family counselling and slowly but surely I started to get my life back, looking after my health, my relationship with my friends and family, my work obligations and some of my long neglected pastimes.

I realised I was not alone and that there were lots of others with similar but uniquely different problems. I got help from others , I learned what worked for me and what didn’t.

I started to learn that I could not control my partner , I could not make him better, but, I could work on what I could do today for myself and try not to worry so much about the unknown future.

And so, here I am now, 4 years later. We have had some rocky moments and a few relapses but my partner has been clean and sober for over 3 years now. I know he is responsible for his ongoing recovery, I cannot do it for him

And I have my life back. I have a strong relationship with my partner, family and friends. I walk by his side, I do not pull or push him nearly as much as I used to.

I have my life, he has his, and we have ours together, We are not so tangled up together. My health has improved, my stress and blood pressure are normal again. I have firm boundaries. I can say no and I tend to stick to my decisions. I sometimes fall into old habits but  I still come to family counselling on a regular basis and that helps keep me on my path.

I am grateful that my partner came into my life and I am very grateful to Houghton House for helping my partner to get started on his recovery journey.

I am also  extremely grateful to Houghton House for the help and support I have received from the family counselling. It has been a life saver to me, mentally, physically and spiritually.

 

 

 

 

 

Crack Addiction

Crack Addiction

Crack Addiction

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

People suffering from crack addiction also experience an analgesic effect and will become sexually stimulated. The hunger stimulus disappears, and there’s an increase in muscle strength and endurance is also increased.

In addition, crack addiction causes a person to feel very self confident; it creates a powerful feeling. Cocaine, however, has a short duration, as all crack addicts know.

Cocaine can be taken in various forms. The white powder can be sniffed through a tube into the nose. It can also be injected after it’s been dissolved in water, or smoked through a pipe.

Crack addiction is very dangerous and can lead to death if left untreated.

Risks of crack addiction:

  • Dry and damaged mucosa
  • Increased body temperature
  • Diarrhea
  • Frequent urination
  • Aggressiveness
  • Empty feeling
  • “Hangover”
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Sinusitis
  • Headaches
  • Panic
  • Paranoia
  • Feeling creatures under the skin
  • Severe itching
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Injection abscesses
  • Lung damage
  • Exhaustion and exuberance (dangerous in traffic)
  • Oxygen deficiency in the heart

Fill in one of our contact forms or call our 24hour helpline 079 770 7532 and one of our profession staff members will be able to assist you if you think you have a crack addiction.

The Houghton House Group of Treatment Centres are holistic drug treatment centres,  located in Sandton and Randburg South Africa . The treatment centres that form the group specialize in alcohol and drug addiction problems and have been assisting people to overcome their addictions for over twenty years.

The very high success statistics and exclusive treatment centres have attracted patients into this centre from around the world.

 

Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription Drug Addiction

There are many people living with a prescription drug addiction simply because these drugs can be obtained easily through a doctor. Even though they are legal, they may cause a strong addiction that causes withdrawal symptoms similar to heroin withdrawal.

Prescription drug addiction is wide spread and people are addicted to sleeping pills, pain killers, tranquilizers, slimming medication and antidepressants. They are known as “Pill Junkies” and they use these medications for different reasons other than what the prescription is intended for. In the early stages the use might start out harmless, but it soon turns into a prescription drug addiction which is difficult to get rid of.

Treating prescription drug addiction can be very difficult when the addict is in denial. The addict will deny the dangers of the drugs because they can legally obtain it from a pharmacy. It’s also easier to deny an addiction of prescribed drugs, because ‘how can it be bad if it gets prescribed by doctors?’

Prescribed drug addiction can be treated successfully and you can get positive results. Call Houghton House now if you think you have a prescription drug addiction.

Houghton House Group Of Treatment Centres are located in South Africa. The treatment services that form the group specialize in alcohol and drug addiction and have been helping users to overcome their addictions and maintain a healthy life for several years.

For more information and advice on getting help for yourself or a loved one call

011 7879142

 

 

cocaine is deadly

Cocaine Addiction

Cocaine is a hard drug obtained from coca leaves growing in the South American coca bush which are crushed into powder form and usually snorted. Cocaine enhances the mood and gives a deep sense of well-being. The user is confident, alert, hyper, energetic, joyful and cheerful. Cocaine addiction leads to physical and (especially) psychological dependence.

Effects of cocaine addiction:
Hunger and fatigue disappear and stamina will increase. Pain is less you feel happier and happier. These effects occur when the cocaine addict occasionally uses in light doses. If cocaine use is frequent, the addict often becomes restless and irritable. They live in a dream world with superficial contact with others. In this dream world addicts have many intimate feelings but they aren’t real.

Habitual cocaine is arranged into a “line” and then snorted through a tube,working after a few minutes and it can remain active for about half an hour. Another way to use cocaine, is to dissolve it in water and inject it through a syringe into the veins. This works faster and is a more intense feeling than sniffing but the effect only lasts for about 10 minutes.

A third method of use is smoking. The untreated cocaine smoke has little effect because the majority is burnt before it hits the lungs, however many addicts use cocaine in this form.

If you think you might have a cocaine addiction, call us for an assessment.

Houghton House cocaine recovery centre is based in Johannesburg. The treatment services that form the group specialise in general substance addiction problems and have been helping people to stop their addiction problems for the past 15 years.

The very high recovery statistics and treatment facilities at Houghton House have brought patients to this centre from around the world.

Dangers of Hallucinogenic Drugs

Dangers of Hallucinogenic Drugs

Here we list some of the dangers of hallucinogenic drugs. All drugs are dangerous, but hallucinogenic drugs carry their own risks:

  • Getting a bad trip. Anyone can get a bad trip, but it happens more often when somebody is uncertain and when someone has psychological problems. You can for years, or in some cases even your entire lives continue to suffer from recurrent depression and /or anxiety. When you experience a bad trip from hallucinogenic drugs, you may suffer from negative feelings such as depression, anxiety, loss of self control, confusion and paranoia.
  • Flashbacks. One of the dangers of hallucinogenic drugs is that you might experience flashbacks for up to a year after the bad trip occurred. This can happen while you are driving and could present a problem, depending on your situation.
  • Reduction of reaction and concentration. Because of this, you run a greater risk of getting into or causing an accident. Sometimes it leads people to perform dangerous stunts.
  • Overdosing on hallucinogenic drugs. Because it takes a while for the feeling to start, a person could take too much, because the effects take a while to kick in. There is no way to know exactly how strong a specific hallucinogenic drug is, so it’s very easy to overdose.
  • When mixing hallucinogenic drugs with alcohol or other drugs, the risks are unpredictable.

Using hallucinogenic drugs are not worth the danger. The above mentioned risks are only a few of the ones that exist.

Houghton House is the most effective drug rehab program located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The treatment services that form the group specialize in general substance addiction problems and have been helping people to stop addiction for the past fifteen years.

Houghton House addiction rehabilitation centres focus on person-centred counselling and are geared around a holistic detox of the mind, body and soul for a sustainable ongoing recovery.

The very high recovery statistics and exclusive Johannesburg drug treatment centers has attracted people into this centre from all round the world.

Direct Helpline : +27 11 787 9142

Dangers of Ecstasy

Dangers of Ecstasy MDMA

The Dangers Of Ecstasy. 

Ecstasy is a typical party drug, aimed at a music night market and also to weekend festivals. Sleep is literally driven out of the body. Ecstasy is available as pills, in various colours and shapes, sometimes capsules or powders. If you have the real Ecstasy, it contains MDMA (3,4-methyleendioxymethylamfetamine). It goes under a variety of street names, a common one in South Africa was “Mercedes” as the pills had the merc symbol on them. This particular batch was deadly, as the users did not know what the ingredients actually were.

Ecstasy stimulates the release of certain substances, endorphins in the brain, which changes your mood, lowers your inhibitions and increases your energy level. MDMA or Ecstacy can cause a temporary happy, cheerful, bright and lovely feeling – it can also cause feelings of loneliness, psychosis and insecurity. There is a confusion and a difference in the perception and experience of music and colour, a need for intimacy and contact, a sense of loss or belonging and feeling of good or bad which are not real, that the drug reinforces and accentuates.

Because inhibitions are lowered and can be manipulated for a few hours, the world can seem seems a lot better and easier. These inherent dangers of Ecstasy start about half an hour to one hour after ingestion and can last for two and up to eight hours. In young, slender women and men, the effect is stronger- body mass makes a difference. also as you never really know what exactly is in your ecstasy pill, the dangers of overdose or poisoning your system with alternate drugs in Ecstasy are quite high.
Dangers and risks of Ecstasy

The dangers of Ecstasy include the following:

  • Dry mouth and throat;
  • stiff feeling in the jaws and limbs;
  • gnashing of teeth and chewing on tongue and cheek;
  • increased body temperature and heart rate;
  • sweating and dangerous overheating;
  • nausea;
  • vomiting at times;
  • dehydration;
  • headache;
  • dizziness;
  • distress;
  • loss of coordination;
  • panic attacks;
  • liver inflammation and liver failure;
  • visual hallucinations;
  • psychoses;
  • hypertension;
  • memory loss;
  • nervousness;
  • anxiety;
  • impaired concentration;
  • water intoxication and sexual failure.

The following days recovering from the drug effects are just as challenging:

  • Apathy;
  • depression;
  • emptiness;
  • moody nature;
  • sleep disorders;
  • anxiety and susceptibility to infections.

The Houghton House is drug rehabilitation with a high success rate located in Johannesburg. The treatment services that form the group specialise in drug and alcohol addiction cases and have been helping people to stop their addiction problems for over 15 years.

The very high success statistics and exclusive treatment Houghton House Group Of Treqatment Centres has brought patients into this center from all over the world.

Direct Helpline : 011 787 9142

or

Emergency Helpline : 079 770 7532

Houghton House is the most effective drug rehab program located in Johannesburg, South Africa. The treatment services that form the group specialize in general substance addiction problems and have been helping people to cease their addictions for the past fifteen years.

The very high recovery statistics and exclusive treatment centers has attracted people into this centre from all round the world.

Direct Helpline : +27 11 787 9142

Heroin Withdrawal

Heroin Withdrawal

Information on Heroin Withdrawal

Drugs that kick in quickly, usually cause more severe withdrawal symptoms. Heroin withdrawal symptoms occur after quitting long-term use, but can also occur as a result of administration of an opiate antagonist (e.g. naloxone).

Because of the goose bumps, the syndrome derives its name: “cold turkey”. After someone has been using heroin continuously for two weeks or longer, the heroin withdrawal symptoms start after about six to eight hours after the last administration. Symptoms may persist days and will only gradually lessen over time.

Mental Withdrawal from Heroin

Mental dependency lasts much longer. Ex-users usually need support for months as well as therapy sessions with professionals. A change of lifestyle and environment is needed to recover from heroin addiction.

Houghton House drug rehab centers based in Johannesburg (South Africa). The treatment services that form the group provide specialist assistance in alcohol and drug addiction problems and have been helping patients to beat their addictions for the past 20 years.

The extremely high recovery statistics and world class treatment Houghton House Addiction Recovery Centres offers, has brought patients into this centre from all over the world.

Call for more information on what we have to offer on

079 770 7532 (local)

+27 79 770 7532 (international)

Addiction Treatment Centres

Addiction Treatment Centres

Addiction Treatment Centres

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

At Houghton House, our addiction treatment centres take care of each patient individually. We understand that each patient has his/her own individual needs. We try to our best to cater to those needs to aid in recovery.

Making the choice to come to one of the Houghton House addiction treatment centres, is the first step to recovery. You can browse through our website and see what we have to offer or give us a call and ask all the questions you need to make your decision.

See our list of South African based Addiction Treatment Centres below.

  • The General Addictions Residential Treatment Centre
  • Houghton House Addiction Treatment Centre
  • Sommerville Place Addiction Treatment Centre
  • The First Step Addiction Treatment Centre

The Houghton House group of addiction treatment centres has one of the highest success rates in the world. The treatment services from the group specialize in substance addiction cases and have been assisting patients for over 22 years.

The amazingly high recovery rates and exclusive treatment centres based in Johannesburg have brought patients into the centres from all round the world.

24hr Emergency Helpline: 077 770 7532 (local) +27 79 770 7532 (international)

Addiction Helpline : +27 11 787 9142

Addiction Recovery Centers South Africa

Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg

Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg

Ensuring each patient’s absolute confidentiality is important to us at Houghton House. Each patient is assessed and a unique solution is provided in order to aid the long term recovery process.

To find out more about Houghton House being a Confidential Drug Rehab in Johannesburg please call

011 787 9142 (office hours))

or

079 770 7532 (24/7  emergency)