Top five addiction and recovery blogs

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Well, we’re just at the end of the first full month of posting on Recovery Review. There’s been plenty of traffic with over 6000 pages viewed in May. I’m always interested to see what topics attract the most attention and thought you might be too. Interestingly, though I suppose not a huge surprise, the subjects are all […]

Chasing sexual pleasure – ‘chemsex’ and its risks

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More on ‘chemsex’ and its risks from a  public health warning put out by European experts. The practice of injecting stimulants (mostly novel psychoactive substances in the cathinone group) prior to sex parties where high risk behaviour takes place is causing concern for Europe’s drug agency. Keeping track of these ‘legal highs’ is tough. Says the Guardian […]

Poor performance: sexual dysfunction on ORT

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Opiates seem to reduce the libido, it’s a common complaint in opiate users and those on replacement treatment. They seem to do this through suppressing testosterone and other key hormones. SMMGP reviews a couple of papers on the association between opioid replacement therapy (ORT) and sexual dysfunction. In the first, relatively small, Indian study, 60 sexually active men […]

What can doctors in long term recovery teach us?

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We can no more do without spirituality than we can do without food, shelter or clothing – Bruce Lipton Despite the fact that there are plenty of them about, we don’t have a lot of information on people in long term recovery. The researchers behind this study took the opportunity to interview doctors in long […]

Legal high problems – time to wake up

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Legal high problems Legal highs, or novel psychoactive substances (NPS), have been causing unusual presentations at A&E (Emergency Room) departments in European cities. Because these are relatively new drugs, doctors and other healthcare professionals are not always familiar with them. They are not easy to test for either, requiring specialist forensic laboratories in the main. […]

Addiction brain science – the dangers

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A week or so back I was exploring the potential benefits of framing addiction as a brain disease. Addiction brain science is a contentious issue and more so in the UK than in the USA. Over at Addiction & Recovery News, Jason Schwartz takes a look at an editorial in the journal Addiction which outlines some of the […]

Why many in recovery are dying of addiction

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How many recovering people smoke cigarettes? In Scotland, just over a fifth of the population smoke, but in treatment populations the rate is between 60-90%. Travellers looking for mutual aid meetings will often be guided by the group of smokers outside the church hall. Some of those people in long term recovery are dying of […]

Spirituality and recovery

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Spirituality and recovery – do they go together? Hang on a second; what is spirituality and why are scientific articles on the place of spirituality in recovery falling into my inbox on a regular basis? Yes, I’m calling them scientific articles because they appear in peer-reviewed journals. I was at a graduate art show last […]

Reducing relapse – five things that help

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Reducing relapse rates is an important aim of treatment and support services.  Relapse happens, but it doesn’t need to happen. It’s often a part of a recovery journey, but it doesn’t need to be. Why go there when there are ways to reduce the risk? Here are five things that research tells us can reduce […]

Recovery aggro – will we ever agree?

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What is recovery and how do you measure it? It’s contentious; that’s for sure. Recovery aggro is a reality. We could take off our coats and go outside to settle it or we can try to get some sort of consensus. Abstinence or maintenance If you align recovery solely with abstinence, you risk losing out on […]