Technology and recovery part 1 – guest blog by Glyn Davies

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Technology and Substance Misuse Prevention For many who experience drug or alcohol related difficulties the first port of call will often be Google or another search engine to find a diagnosis or a directory of services. Access to the internet has transformed the ways in which we live our lives, particularly in terms of our […]

A doctor finds recovery in Cocaine Anonymous

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This is the first instalment of a several-part interview with a doctor who found his recovery through treatment and membership of Cocaine Anonymous. How did you get to CA? Numerous attempts at controlling my substance use weren’t working. I was unable to stop taking drugs. As a consequence I was caught stealing controlled drugs from my workplace. […]

Altruism and AlAnon: in helping we are helped

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“Giving implies to make the other person a giver also.” So said Eric Fromm whose quote starts this research paper which travels to the heart of mutual aid. The clear message? In helping other, we help ourselves. The recovery saying “We only keep what we have by giving it away” hits the mark in this respect. What […]

Clicking the recovery mouse – guest blog by Michaela Jones

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  In the early days of my recovery (and throughout my many years of active addiction) I found people terrifying. Coming in ones was bad enough but multiples – particularly when sitting on chairs in a circle – would have me gibbering. Add in situations where I might have to actually speak. Well let’s just […]

Addiction and recovery research – time for change

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SMMGP has a great downloadable presentation on addiction treatment research. By Jim Orford, it’s a couple of years old now, but it has not lost any of its relevance. I’ve been writing on the problem of lack of addiction research generally and a definite near absence on recovery research. But we don’t want research for […]

Getting plugged in is key to recovery

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Isolation: the curse of addiction Loneliness and isolation are best mates of addiction. Of course, it’s not just those with addictions who suffer from loneliness. Professor John Cacioppo presented recently at a conference in Chicago, pointing out that that the impact of loneliness on premature death ‘is nearly as strong as the impact of disadvantaged socioeconomic status’ – and that […]

Altruism & AlAnon: in helping we are helped

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“Giving implies to make the other person a giver also.” So said Eric Fromm whose quote starts this research paper which travels to the heart of mutual aid. The clear message? In helping other, we help ourselves. The recovery saying “We only keep what we have by giving it away” hits the mark in this respect. The […]

Getting plugged in makes you well

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Loneliness and isolation are best mates of addiction. Of course, it’s not just those with addictions who suffer from loneliness. Professor John Cacioppo presented recently at a conference in Chicago, pointing out that that the impact of loneliness on premature death ‘is nearly as strong as the impact of disadvantaged socioeconomic status’ – and that variable increases risk by 19%. […]