Addiction and Codependency: Top 10 Reasons to Stop Enabling the Addict You Love – Part 1

We all know that addiction is rampant—it’s a horrific problem for far too many people, all over the world. And even though ‘addiction’ can take many forms, from mind-altering substances to mood-altering behaviours, one thing is for sure: Most everyone on the planet today is either affected by addiction—their own or someone else’s—or they know someone who is. These days, I work primarily with the loved ones of addicts because …

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Q&A With An Addiction Therapist: Candace Plattor

It’s a tough subject to broach, but when it comes to addiction – whether alcohol, substance or behaviour – knowing what to do and say to support your loved one (and yourself) during recovery can be tricky.  Clinical Counsellor and Addiction Therapist Candace Plattor talks with ANZMH Association about understanding challenges, building trust and the importance of therapy for everybody involved in the recovery journey. Q: What are the most …

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“I Know I’m Enabling But . . .” Recovery from Addiction in the Family

After working with the loved ones of people struggling with addiction for nearly 30 years, I’m still amazed by how many come to their first session with me and say “I know I’m enabling, but . . .” Do you have an addicted loved one in your life? Are you already aware that you’re doing things you probably shouldn’t be doing, in the guise of ‘helping’ them? And even if …

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Four ways alcohol is bad for your health

In Australia, almost 6,000 deaths a year can be attributed to alcohol, as well as around 400 hospitalisations a day. While drinking has declined in some segments of the population, with related stabilising of rates of death and illness, these numbers are far too high. Similar reports are emerging in other countries. Many people remain unaware, blissfully or otherwise, of long-term risks, which aren’t just restricted to “heavy drinkers”. Alcohol is one of the largest risk factors for …

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There are four types of drinker – which one are you?

It’s easy to see alcohol consumption being a result of thousands of years of ritual and a lifetime of habit. But have you ever stopped to consider why it is you choose to drink? Knowing what motivates people to drink is important to better understanding their needs when it comes to encouraging them to drink less, or in a less harmful way. The four types Personally, everyone can come up …

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Is Increased Mental Illness A Consequence Of Sobriety?

A common theme amongst people recovering from substance addiction is the development of increased mental health issues such as anxiety disorders resulting in a sense of hopelessness and despair. Coupled with this may be a perceived fear of the unknown. For instance, a long term addict recovering from a life of addiction is facing a new life filled with change, modification and variance, contrary to the life that was once …

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Social Exclusion and Addiction: “Creating a Sense of Belonging”

Social Exclusion and Addiction: “Creating a Sense of Belonging” The negative effects of social exclusion and isolation caused by substance addiction and methods of combating these effects by developing hope and new sense of purpose.  Author: Mr David Peters, Mental Health Carers NSW. People do not recover from addiction in isolation. Recovery is often closely related to social inclusion and being able to undertake personally fulfilling social roles within local …

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Adolescent Internet Addiction

The roles of Parent-and-Child Mental Health and Parental Internet Addiction in Adolescent Internet Addiction Lawrence T. Lam Internet Addiction (IA) is a growing problem particularly among young people. Mental health in adolescents, such as Attention Deficit disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety, and hostility, have been reported as co-morbidities of IA. On the other hand, familial and parental factors of adolescence IA have also been drawing attention and there has been …

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The ‘Spice is Rife’: Synthetic cannabinoid use amongst the homeless in the UK

A recent study carried out by Dr Paul Gray and Dr Rob Ralphs from Manchester Metropolitan University has found that synthetic cannabinoids – referred to generically as ‘Spice’ – are rife amongst the homeless community in Manchester, with an estimated 80 to 95 per cent of the homeless in the city using synthetic cannabinoids. The study found that their undetectable nature (both in public spaces and in mandatory drug tests), …

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Family Drug Treatment Court Pilot Program Established

The Family Drug Treatment Court (FDTC) has been established as a three year pilot program in the Children’s Court of Victoria. The aim of the Family Drug Treatment Court is to help parents stop using drugs/alcohol and promote family reunification. The Family Drug Treatment Court is chaired by a Children’s Court magistrate and is supported by a multi-disciplinary team.  The team comprises drug and alcohol clinicians and a dedicated social worker. The …

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