Talking to Children about Addiction and Recovery

Talking to your children about your past addictions and recovery can be daunting. How old should they be? How do you tell them? What should you say? Find out here. Talking to your children and teens about your addiction history and recovery is daunting. How much do I share? Should I wait until they are older? What is the best thing to say? While avoiding the conversation altogether may be tempting, it is both necessary and healthy to talk to your kids openly about addiction and recovery. Make it Age-Appropriate It is never too early to begin having conversations about drugs, alcohol and addiction. This does not mean sharing every detail of your personal path of addiction. Instead focus on fi

9 Most Common Reasons People are Afraid to Get Sober

Many people struggling with addiction want to get sober, but share common fears about what sobriety entails. Let us take this opportunity to refute these fears and show you why getting sober is better than you realised. Fear of failure, fear of being labelled – what is stopping you from getting sober? The top reasons most people struggling with addiction are afraid to quit. Getting sober can seem incredibly scary. Whether from drugs or alcohol, the benefits of becoming sober are often overshadowed by fear about what life will be like when all the mind-altering substances and parties have stopped. Getting sober also means you have to admit that you have a substance abuse problem, which for

Do You Know the Signs of an Alcohol Overdose?

Thousands of people die each year by overdosing on alcohol simply because the symptoms are not well known. We have outlined the signs to watch for and what to do if you see someone overdosing. Knowing your facts can help save a life. Alcohol is the most widely accepted (and abused) substance around the globe, most likely due in part to the fact that it is legal in most countries. Whether people are celebrating special events, trying to relax, or cheering on their favourite sports team, alcohol is very often included. But the dangers of overconsumption can be very serious, and alcohol overdose can lead to death. What is an Alcohol Overdose? Also known as alcohol poisoning, an alcohol overdose

The Link between Addiction Recovery, Mental Health and Suicide,

When a loved one is suffering from an alcohol or drug addiction, it is common to feel fear — fear that one day you will get a phone call that your loved one has been in a serious accident or has overdosed. But what many people neglect to think about is the possibility of suicide — which is undeniably linked to alcohol abuse and drug addiction. Depression and other mental health disorders are the leading cause of suicide, followed very closely by alcohol and drug addiction or abuse. In fact, research shows that alcoholism, not a psychiatric diagnosis, is the number one predictor of suicide. Alcoholics were found to be 5 times more likely to eventually commit suicide than non-alcoholics. The L

Why Being Sober is Cool

So you’re living in addiction recovery… Find out why being sober is cool, sexy and taking the world by storm. Anyone who has entered addiction recovery, or decided to live a sober lifestyle, has encountered times when they feel their choice is outside the norm. It’s not surprising considering mainstream society often supports and even encourages drinking, gambling, and numerous other vices to help us relax from a stressful modern world. It’s also possible that while you were still using you thought sobriety was completely boring and couldn’t imagine how someone could live life completely sober. But the truth is – being sober is the new cool – and here’s why: You have more time for personal p

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