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Managing Heroin Withdrawal – What You Can Expect

The first steps on the long road to recovery are the hardest to take; you’ve committed to rehabilitation, and it’s time to stop using heroin. But stopping any drug takes a great deal of willpower, strength, and support. Especially when you start going through heroin withdrawals, which come with symptoms and need for a detox. Symptoms of heroin withdrawal can range in strength and severity, and because of this, it’s […]

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The Battle Against Tik – How addictive is Tik really?

All drugs are addictive by nature, but some are certainly more addictive than others. And while all forms of substance addiction should be avoided at all costs, it’s not unfounded to warn potential users of which drugs are most addictive and the effects of their use. Tik, or crystal meth as it’s otherwise known, is one of these alarmingly dangerous drugs. One of the most widely reported substances abused in […]

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The effects cocaine has on the body

How does Cocaine Affect the Body To really understand the gravity of cocaine addiction, we have to get real about its effects on the body. All drugs wreak havoc on an addict, but the long term effects, even after you’ve stopped using, can be truly devastating. No matter how many times you dabble in cocaine, it’s going to have an adverse effect on your body. Even the shortest-lived high on […]

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How to help someone going through depression

Depression is a debilitating mental illness, one that doesn’t receive nearly as much attention as it should, especially here in South Africa. When a friend or loved one suffers from depression, it’s natural to want to help them, even if the prospect is a touch daunting. Depression is a complex issue, and there’s no simple cure to it as much as we wish there was one. Simply telling someone it’s […]

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A Guide on How to Deal With a Tik Addict

Tik is renowned as one of the most addictive drugs in South Africa, an ‘upper’ drug that induces intense but short-lived euphoria, confidence and paranoia. Officially known as Crystal Meth, it’s an extremely addictive substance that hooks its victims more often than not from the first hit, making it extremely dangerous. The mind-altering and addictive nature of any drug make dealing with an addict a monstrously difficult task. If you’re […]

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Colin Garnett’s Journey to Recovery

Hi, I’m Colin. I sat in a Group Therapy Session in a Private Sector Treatment Clinic in 1989, sent there by a Crown Court Judge because prison no longer worked as a punishment, and as I experienced that clinic, from somewhere deep inside of me, I knew. I regularly watched how the Clinical Director ran his team, how he handled individual addicts and alcoholics, how he ran his group sessions […]

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RELATIONSHIPS AND MANAGING EXPECTATIONS IN EARLY RECOVERY.

So often we hear people saying “But why don’t they trust me? I’ve been clean for a few months now, I’ve done 3 months of rehab, surely, they should trust me already.” Firstly, I think we need to look at what a relationship looks like with an addict before we start expecting anything from anyone. If we take a moment and reverse our roles, we might start to see things […]

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HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY WITHOUT TURNING TO DRUGS?

HOW TO DEAL WITH ANXIETY WITHOUT TURNING TO DRUGS? Image source: https://www.everydayhealth.com Drug addiction triggers uncontrollable behaviors that person becomes unable to control their abuse of medications, cigarettes, alcohol or grubs without taking into account its legality. The main problem relies upon their addiction towards these drugs. It triggers wild practices and renders a man unfit to control their utilization of prescription, liquor, cigarettes, or medications. It doesn’t end here […]

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Compliance VS Surrender

There are a few ways we can talk about the battle of compliance versus surrender. The first part relates to clients in treatment. Some people believe that because they say the right things and do “what’s required” of them in treatment that they are working in the program. We find that these people never actually change their behavior; nearing the end of their treatment they begin to act the same […]

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Early Recovery Demands

There are a few “suggestions” for people in early recovery. I say suggestions in the same way that it’s a suggestion to pull the cord on a parachute when you jump out of a plane. The first thing to realise is that recovery has to come first. Recovery, recovery, and more recovery. So, the question is how we keep recovery at the forefront of our lives when there is so […]

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Surviving the Silly Season

As we fast approach the holiday season and Christmas time, many people in recovery start to feel the anxiety. They have a lot of spare time, they have to attend family reunions where alcohol is usually involved, and financial pressure rears its head. These are a few of the stresses that come with this time of year. So the question is: HOW DO WE SURVIVE SILLY SEASON? There are a […]

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Recovery isn’t just about stopping the using

Many people come into treatment and think this is recovery, if I could just stop using/drinking/acting out my life would be fine, it would go back to “normal”. Here’s the thing, what’s normal? Is normal that life you had before you started using/drinking? Is normal the way your life was as a child? Here are the facts, if you walk into our treatment centre it tells us several things. Your […]

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