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Sleep Disorders through Addiction & Recovery

As we know, addiction disrupts all areas of an individual’s life, and sleep is no exception. Research has shown that individuals suffering with addiction are 5 to 10 times more likely to develop sleep disorders. Long-term substance abuse physically changes an addict’s brain sleep architecture generally leading to sleep deprivation. The following are various substance [...]

2019-04-17T20:58:57+01:0017 April, 2019|News|

Cognitive Dissonance in Addiction & Recovery

Defining cognitive dissonance The social psychologist Leon Festinger first proposed the theory of ‘cognitive dissonance’ in the 1950’s. The theory centres on how people try to reach internal consistency. The term is used to describe the feelings of discomfort that result when your beliefs run counter to your behaviours and/or new information that is presented [...]

2019-04-08T19:11:22+01:008 April, 2019|News|

Common Misconceptions about Addiction & Recovery

We live in an age of unlimited information, but information should not be mistaken for knowledge. Addiction and recovery is a prime example of a topic where the knowledge void is often filled with untruth, rumour, and conjecture. Society has long viewed addiction as a moral failing, however according to researchers and specialists in the [...]

2019-03-28T19:12:07+01:0028 March, 2019|News|

The Opioid Crisis is on the rise

In Britain, the nation’s opioid crisis is on the rise. Last year, the Office for National Statistics reported that fentanyl deaths were up by 29%. What are Opioids? Opioids are drugs generally used to help alleviate severe pain and are usually only available with a doctor's prescription. Opioids work by attaching to receptors in the [...]

2019-03-18T21:50:39+01:0018 March, 2019|News|

Mens’ Mental Health and Addiction

There is a growing silent crisis in psychology circles regarding mental health issues leading to suicide and substance abuse predominantly in men. Research is showing that men are roughly three times more likely than women to develop destructive addictions sometimes referred to as ‘slow-motion suicide,’ given that it can often end in a premature death [...]

2019-03-05T15:02:09+01:005 March, 2019|News|

Addiction to Prescription Stimulants

In the past several decades prescription stimulants have been increasingly prescribed by medical professionals to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), narcolepsy and sometimes obesity. Some would argue that there has been an over–prescription of these ‘legal’ stimulants, endorsed by the powerful influence of ‘Big Pharma’.  Due to the ubiquitous nature of these drugs and the [...]

2019-02-28T10:55:29+01:0028 February, 2019|News|

Veganism to hide eating disorders?

The rise of vegetarianism and veganism in recent years is in due in general to increased awareness and compassion for animal suffering, a personal responsibility towards sustainability or reducing carbon emissions and of course, out of emergent consciousness leading to healthier lifestyles. However, studies are beginning to show that there is occasionally a darker motivation [...]

2019-02-21T12:50:02+01:0021 February, 2019|News|

High Functioning Addicts

Addiction as depicted through the entertainment industry and often the media is full of stereotypical tropes such as the ‘down and out’ dregs of society, the flamboyant rock and roll fall from grace or else the proverbial ‘rock bottom’ moments.  However, in reality addiction can be a slow burning and extremely complex disability. Studies have [...]

2019-02-10T18:47:41+01:0010 February, 2019|News|

Exercise and Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery typically involves a lot of counselling, self-help support groups and in general a lot of introspection. Introducing physical activity, regular workouts or an entire exercise regime into the efforts of recovery has been proven to have major benefits to help maintain sobriety. Studies suggest that exercise can lead to a sense of accomplishment; [...]

2019-02-06T17:41:15+01:006 February, 2019|News|

Gambling Addiction

Gambling can be a fun and exciting recreational activity; the nervous anticipation of the next card to be dealt, or rolling the dice, perhaps the heightened enjoyment of a football match on which you have a small monetary stake? What’s not to like? For some, however, gambling shifts from casual low risk pastime into serious [...]

2019-01-24T10:56:48+01:0024 January, 2019|News|