Drug and Alcohol addicts are “Not Anonymous”

A former heroin addict and his partner have created a website that fights the negative stigma associated with drug and alcohol addiction. ‘I Am Not Anonymous‘ is a platform for former addicts to share their personal, and often emotional, stories. The simple yet ambitious project was launched back in April by Tom Goris, a recovering heroin addict, and his photographer girlfriend Kate Meyer. The site is made up of a gallery of black and white photos of each former addict, and once the visitor clicks on a chosen photo, it opens up to reveal that person’s personal recovery biography, as well as reader comments below.

For many addicts, their addiction is something that they mainly suffer through in shame and silence, avoiding any mention of it in “polite society”. Addicts generally keep their “dirty little secret” to themselves for fear of the negative stigma attached to it. Many have endured years and years of addiction “under the radar” and have had only limited opportunities to engage with a large collection of extremely positive recovery success stories. Addiction is a powerful disease, as is the stigma attached to it. “I am not Anonymous” is determined to disarm the stigma by publishing everyday addicts and their every day stories of recovery.

It is well worth clicking on a random sample of these recovery success stories because you will quickly discover just how random and representative the stories are. They come from men and women, girls and boys, mothers, teachers and more. Some of their stories start right at the beginning and chart the entire course of the addiction, fall from grace, loss of self esteem and social credibility before describing the seeds that once planted grew into a firm and stable recovery. Other stories tend to focus more on the recovery side of things, and how much better life is for them sober. Either way, f you are looking for positive addiction recovery role models and recovery stories with heart and wit that do not descend into hand wringing farce, you will want to check out this site.

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Gladstones Alumni Reunion Saturday 27th September

Dear All

I am pleased to announce that we will be holding the Annual Gladstones Alumni Reunion on Saturday the 27th September at Berkeley Square.

The event will commence at 12-pm and will last for the afternoon. This is an opportunity for past clients to come back to Gladstones to get together in a celebration of recovery and also to meet and mingle with current clients and staff.
All staff are invited and expected to attend.

Everyone who has been a client of Gladstones as well as their family and friends are welcome. (obviously subject to maintaining sober recovery.)

We will hold a BBQ in the back Garden with drinks and food, and then there will be a meeting and a share from past clients(details of whom to be confirmed) and short speeches.

Depending on numbers we will either have the meeting part upstairs or a few doors down at the University Literary Club which has a large meeting hall.

We will start to email clients next week, however please mention this to all relevant parties and ask them to RSVP so we can get a handle on numbers.

Best regards

Gary Queen

Gladstones Clinic Ltd.


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Synthetic Spice Marijuana use among Army users

According to a study conducted by Social Work researchers from the University of Washington, Synthetic Cannabis is the preferred drug of choice among active duty US military personnel who use illicit drugs. Synthetic marijuana, also known as Spice, is made from Cannabis plant material coated with chemicals that are designed to mimic THC, the psychoactive compound found naturally in marijuana.  The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has listed several of synthetic marijuana’s main chemical compounds as Schedule 1 substances, and obviously illegal.  Due to legal restrictions, producers are always altering their chemical compounds to remain technically legal, thus exposing users to an ever changing cocktail of chemicals and exposing them to unknown hazards and risks associated with dangerous chemical compounds.

Adverse health effects linked to synthetic cannabis use have not been widely studied yet, but hospital emergency rooms have reported seizures, nausea, vomiting, and cardiovascular and respiratory problems among users. Psychological effects of using synthetic marijuana can include anxiety, confusion, agitation, irritability, depression and memory loss issues.

Some of the study’s other reported findings include: Users of synthetic marijuana were younger and less educated than those who were dependent only on alcohol. Users were more likely to be single and earned less money than other service personnel who were dependent on other drugs or alcohol.  Users preferred synthetic Cannabis because they believed it left their systems more quickly than traditional cannabis. The study noted no differences related to ethnicity, race, service deployment locations, history or religious choice. Researchers also found that synthetic cannabis users were two-and-a-half times more likely to develop drug dependence than those who used other drugs (but not alcohol).

An additional hazard associated with habitual synthetic marijuana use was needing more and more of the substance to achieve the same effect, or “high” a hallmark of drug dependence. More than three-quarters of the study’s users admitted using the drug for much longer than originally intended (i.e., planning to take just a few puffs after work, but then smoking it for hours).

The research is online and will be published in the July 2014 issue of Addictive Behaviors.


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New depression treatment technique uses helmet therapy

Danish researchers are currently testing a helmet that is able to deliver electro-magnetic impulses to the brain that have shown positive results in treating people with severe depression. The helmet targets malfunctioning blood cells in the patient’s brain, and in clinical trials two thirds of the test subjects reported that their symptoms had disappeared and improvements were detectible within one week.

65 patients with treatment-resistant depression in Denmark and New Zealand were involved in testing the helmet, the inventor of which is interviewed below by the BBC.

See the original video here:

New depression treatment technique uses helmet therapy


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Alcohol Detox Withdrawal Symptoms

Don’t Be Afraid of Facing Withdrawal Symptoms

If you have you ever wanted to quit abusing alcohol but were afraid to begin the process because you were terrified that the withdrawal symptoms would be too severe, then you are definitely not alone.

There is no doubt  about it; alcohol withdrawal symptoms can be incredibly severe, and in some cases even fatal. If you are an every day drinker, a heavy drinker or a frequent binge drinker, then suddenly quitting the consumption of alcohol could very well lead to a variety of unpleasant physical and mental symptoms otherwise collectively known as alcohol withdrawal symptoms.

Most People Welcome a Bit of Help

The essential factor in successfully quitting alcohol while avoiding the worst of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms is asking for professional help. If you have reached the point where you know that it is in your best interest to stop drinking, begin by seeking help or advice from your family doctor, primary healthcare provider or a substance abuse detox facility like Gladstones Clinic.

There are clinically proven methods and medical treatments that a qualified physician can provide you with that will stop or reduce most of the symptoms you would normally experience if you quit cold turkey. Gladstones provides a fully medically supervised detox program that can involve a short course of supportive medication to assist you through the initial stage of your recovery.

Benzodiazepines (tranquilizers) can be carefully administered to mitigate the worst symptoms of withdrawal, like the shakes, and are also a main factor in preventing and treating Delerium Tremens, or (DTs). Serious long-term addicts may also be prescribed beta-blockers to reduce their heart rate, and anti-seizure medications in case they do go into the DTs.

If you have experienced severe withdrawal symptoms in the past, the best advice is to check yourself into a professional, registered Alcohol Detox facility. Detox programs involve short-term (usually less than seven days) inpatient treatment during which specially trained professionals monitor your withdrawal closely and administer medications as needed.

One advantage of an “In-Patient Supervised Detox” facility is that you will be securely isolated from all of your usual drinking triggers and therefore be less likely to pick up a drink to banish the symptoms the moment they begin and things start getting tough.   The other main advantage is that your detox will be medically supervised and your health monitored for safety. And no, you do not have to be falling-down drunk or at below rock bottom to check into detox. People check themselves in voluntarily every day for a variety of reasons.

The Bottom Line

If you have decided that you need to quit drinking, don’t let alcohol withdrawal symptoms scare you away from acting on your decision. There are accepted medications and treatments available that can help you to get through those crucial first days of no alcohol consumption. You don’t have to do it on your own and it doesn’t have to be a living nightmare to get through.

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Heroin played a ‘role’ in Peaches Geldof death

The results of a toxicology report have now shown that TV presenter Peaches Geldof, who died suddenly last month aged 25, had heroin in her system.

Geldof was the second daughter of musician and charity campaigner Sir Bob Geldof and the late Paula Yates, who ironically also died of a heroin overdose at the age of 41.

At an inquest in Gravesend, Det Ch Insp Paul Fotheringham, informed the hearing: “Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.”

Geldof had openly spoken about her struggle to deal with her mother’s death – and of experimenting with drugs in her teenage years – but had cited motherhood as a central part of her “healing” process.  She had been dropped from her most lucrative modelling contract following sordid allegations about her private life in 2010 and had made substantial efforts to turn her life around.

Following Astala’s birth in 2012, “everything started to heal”, she told Elle magazine, and family and friends reported there were no warning signs in the week leading up to her death.

Parallels have already been drawn between the circumstances surrounding the death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in February, 2014. Both celebrities appear to have relapsed shortly before their deaths, once again highlighting the dangers of resuming drug usage following a prolonged period of abstinence, and once more opening the debate over whether an addict is ever recovered or perpetually recovering.


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UK Children as young as eleven treated for drugs use

UK Charities have called for improved drugs education in schools after an investigation demonstrated that primary school aged children are being flagged as at risk of becoming future addicts.

Children as young as 11 from the Westcountry are among literally hundreds of young people being referred to specialist drug and alcohol treatment services in the UK, both privately and within the NHS.

The most common reason that children come into contact with drugs and alcohol is through their parent’s activities and preventative work is essential to discourage misuse among youngsters, say treatment experts.

The Government has defended the old and new curriculum, and feels that all pupils should be taught about how drugs and other substances can have harmful effects on a person’s physical and mental health.

Using freedom of information laws, the UK Press Association approached councils across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland in order to assess the scale of the problem today.

It found that youngest age of children being referred to specialist drug and alcohol drug services was 11 in Dorset, 12 in Somerset and 13 in both Plymouth and neighbouring Cornwall.

Elsewhere in the country, a four-year-old child was referred for treatment in South Ayrshire, eight-year-olds in Waltham Forest and East Ayrshire, and nine-year-olds had been referred in Herefordshire, Liverpool, Oxfordshire, Rutland, the Scottish Borders and West Berkshire.

Approximately 366 children aged 12 or under were referred for treatment in 2012/13 in England, according to the most recent figures from Public Health England, compared with 433 in 2011/12, meaning there may be cause for hope.

More than half of under-13 year olds (59%) received treatment for cannabis abuse or addiction, while a third were treated for alcohol misuse/abuse.

Despite the positive change of direction, these figures still represent an alarming statistic and state of affairs.

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Advice on How to Stop Online Gaming

If you have acknowledged to yourself that you have an online gaming addiction and are looking for advice and hep to stop your online video game habit then do not hesitate to contact the expert highly experienced team at Gladstones Clinic in Bristol who offer the very best professional help to people with addictions in the South West.

Addiction to online gaming can range from constant playing of video games to gambling on online casino websites but whichever is your form of addiction it will undoubtedly be impacting upon your life in terms of your relationships with family and friends, your employment and in some cases your mental and emotional health.

Gladstones Clinic is one of the UK’s leading state-of-the-art treatment centres where professional non-judgmental help can be found for your addiction, helping you to build a better life going forward.

The expert and caring team at the Gladstones Clinic provides professional counseling and support for both addicts and their families in a friendly and secure environment.

If you feel that you may be struggling with an addiction to online gaming or with any another addiction such as drugs, alcohol eating disorders etc. then for attentive care and superior treatment, contact the Gladstones Clinic  today on 0117 929 2102.

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Counselling Clinic in the South West

If you feel that you have become dependent upon an unhealthy addiction such as to alcohol, drugs, or an eating disorder that can ultimately affect not only your mental health, but your physical well-being, then professional help is only a phone call away by contacting The Gladstones Clinic.

The Gladstones Clinic located in Bristol offers the very highest standard of rehabilitation and counselling services in a safe private environment to people of the South West.  The highly qualified and experienced team at Gladstones Clinic provides counselling on a one to one basis or as part of a group according to your specific requirements and they have a unique holistic approach to treatment which combines traditional methods with modern techniques.

This approach allows the counselling team at the Gladstones Clinic to focus upon you as an individual, your emotional and physical state and to help you to overcome your particular problems and move forward to a life addiction free. They also provide full support services to your family, loved ones and friends who will be able to help support you in overcoming your addiction and re-building your life.

If you live in the South West and believe that your life would benefit from counselling then please contact Gladstones by using the form on the home page, or call directly on 0117 929 2102.

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Professional Counselling Centre in Bristol

Are you struggling to cope with issues in your life such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy, stress?  Or do you feel that you have developed an unhealthy addiction such as alcohol or drug dependency, an eating disorder, smoking, gambling or internet gaming addiction, sex addiction etc. and do not know where to turn to for professional help through private counselling services? Well do not worry help is at hand from the friendly and highly experienced team at the private Gladstones Clinic in Bristol.

The Gladstones Clinic offers the very best counselling services in a safe private environment for people in the South West. They offer counselling on either a one to one basis or as part of a group according to your requirements for treatment and personal preferences.  By combining  a unique holistic approach and traditional methods, Gladstones  will focus upon you as an individual, your physical, mental and emotional state and lead you towards  a brighter future addiction free or learning how to cope with life’s struggles in a more positive manner.

All counsellors at the Gladstones Clinic are accredited to a professional body, highly trained and experienced.  Many have their own area of expertise and you will be matched to a counsellor who can provide the very best help to overcome your issues.

If you live in the South West and believe that your life would benefit from counselling then please contact Gladstones by using the form on the home page, or call directly on 0117 929 2102.

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