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7 ways to be a successful “DryAthlete”

By on Jan 5, 2015 in Solutions | 0 comments

Cancer Research UK have launched a publicity drive for themselves and for better social health by asking you to “Become a Dryathlete – One Month, No Alcohol. You and your mates. Feel fitter, clear your head, save money and raise funds to help beat cancer sooner.

As someone who’s life has been significantly affected by Cancer within my close and extended family, and as an industry recognized expert – this is my 14th January in a row sober (and drug free), so I thought I would share some of my tips as to how you can achieve sobriety for just a month. 7 ways to be a successful “Dryathlete”:
 1) Make changes
 Change the people and places that you socialise with or at. This is easiest when you mingle with people who aren’t drinking either. 2) Safe House
 Make sure there are no sneaky bottles or mementos in your house to remind you. These will encourage you to have a quick drink and lose your challenge. 3) Be accountable to someone Pick a friend or partner to do the challenge together with. Allow yourselves to hold one another accountable. 
Check in with them on a daily (minimum) basis. 
This will encourage you to stick to the plan and to stay on track in order to not lose face. 4) Replacement Therapy
 Replace your drinking activities with something else – ideally something that isn’t harmful to you – e.g. exercise or joining a club that appeals to you. You can also add an enjoyable food into your diet to feed your pleasure sensors, such as a nice fruit drink, or some chocolate (remember to only eat sensible amounts). 
Alternatively (or in addition), you could play music or go to comedy shows, which release the endorphins whilst helping you smile and laugh. 5) Keep yourself busy Create an alternative structure to your day and plan your free evenings / weekends differently. Make sure you’re never bored or lonely by filling up your time and if in doubt, commit yourself to dedicating more time with your children and / or your partner. 
Maybe focus on their success’s as well as your own. 6) Education Educate yourself on the physical harms your alcohol consumption has...

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By on Dec 18, 2014 in Press Releases | 0 comments

“Addiction RoadShow” Launches First Event of 2015 in Oxford Did you know 10% of the British population have addictive disease? This affects one in five families – that’s 20%! ———————– Addiction to Alcohol & Drugs is still a rising concern around the world. Growing Addictive trends are gambling, gaming, over-eating, bulimia, shopping, sex and love dependency… all different types of process addictions, with different levels of stigma. Addiction comes in various forms, none of them easy to deal with…… The withdrawal symptoms of “detoxing” from drugs and alcohol can be horrifying and only those who have gone through the problem can truly relate to it. Many have found hope in the world where addiction slowly torments them, while others are still looking for their string of light – this is where The Addiction RoadShow comes into play. ———————– The Addiction RoadShow sets out to explain precisely what addiction is and how it can be arrested permanently. The Addiction Treatment Industry recognised speakers will explain how family members can actually help their loved ones who are currently experiencing an addiction, even if they’re not willing to stop yet. This live event will offer concerned friends and families a thorough explanation on how to conquer addictions once and for all and find true recovery. The handpicked presenters will explain not only how to overcome the problem, but also clarify how addiction works and how to receive immediate help, even if the addict refuses to address their problem. The event will describe and explore what recovery from addiction actually looks like and how alcohol and drug recovery really is available to all. The Addiction RoadShow live seminars are interactive with a Q&A session in the final part of the afternoon, which will highlight real life problems faced by many thousands of British families. Aimed at reaching out to families currently in crisis, they will leave the live event knowing that they can make a difference to their loved one’s addiction right away, and for those with less urgent situations, the best resources available will be at their fingertips for when they feel the time is right. The Addiction RoadShow will be holding its first event in Oxford on Sunday January 18th 2015...

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6 ways to convince an Alcoholic / Addict to accept help

By on Dec 13, 2014 in addiction, Recovery | 0 comments

By Ian Young of sober services Over my professional career as an Addiction Consultant, I’ve talked with thousands of family members about their loved one, who more often than not doesn’t have the same desire to change their drinking or drugging habits as the rest of their family would prefer. This has meant that over the years and indeed generations, far too many people who genuinely have serious problems with alcohol or drugs but aren’t able to admit or even accept them, have made a difficult time even harder for themselves and their families to bear. So over the years, tragically, generations of families have had to watch their loved one’s perish through alcohol or narcotic related illness and problems, not to mention accidental overdose, or choking on their vomit whilst passed out. There are many reasons why these family members see their loved ones struggle and have a very difficult time in getting their loved ones the right assistance, but the most common thing I hear is the dogma that we’re told that the alcoholic / addict will only stop when they’re ready to stop. It is this story that’s killing the most of amount of alcoholics and addicts, because it leaves the decision to stop in the hands of the very people with the addiction problem which tells them they don’t have a problem in the first place, and reminds them many times a day, or even hourly that they must consume the very poison that’s killing them! The idea that the family of an alcoholic or an addict must wait for them to have completely extinguished their desire to remain inebriated, stoned or high and for them to become ready to recover from their addictive disease is why so many alcoholics and addicts die before they’re ever been introduced to recovery and an alternative lifestyle filled with the riches and warm opportunities most of Western civilization takes for granted. Here are six methods I can suggest on how to convince a person in denial or somehow struggling with their alcohol and / or drugs misuse to get the help they need to heal and recover. 1 ) Sober Intervention By far the most effective, loving and...

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Team of experts set to bring their Addiction Roadshow to Cambridge

By on Nov 11, 2014 in Tour News | 0 comments

Team of experts set to bring their Addiction Roadshow to Cambridge for the first time By freyaleng – source Making sense of an addiction and learning to overcome it will be the focus of a new roadshow coming to Cambridge for the first time. A team of experts will be speaking this weekend at the Belfry Hotel in Cambourne in the first series of roadshows up and down the country including Oxford, Leicester and Birmingham, to help people who are struggling with addiction. With 10 per cent of the British population have an addictive disease, a strong, uncontrollable need to drink alcohol, take drugs, or carry out a particular activity such as over eating, gambling or promiscuity without an ability to control it, the roadshow sets out to explain precisely what it is and how it can be stopped. Three speakers – who have all been addicts themselves – will explain how family members can actually help their loved ones who are currently going through addiction, even if they are not willing to stop yet. And concerned friends and families will be given a thorough explanation on how to conquer addiction once and for all. Roadshow founder Ian Young, who is one of the speakers at the event, successfully recovered from a 13-year drug and alcohol addiction in 2001 after a 15-week stint in rehab. The 43-year-old, who grew up in Cambridge, said nowadays people struggling with an addiction do not need to hit ‘rock bottom’ before getting help whereas he was at his lowest point before he did something about it. “We were told to wait until we were ready to stop, then people would help us,” he said. “These days, we have much more defined therapies and procedures where we can intervene at a much earlier stage. “People don’t need to hit such a low point before they stop now. That’s really what the Addiction Roadshow is about. We’re going to be telling people what it means to have an addiction and how people make promises they can’t keep even though they are genuinely sincere. “I promised I was going to stop doing cocaine, then the weekend would come and I would be at a party and...

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Former drug addict Ian Young tells how he’s turned his life around

By on Nov 10, 2014 in Tour News | 0 comments

Ahead of Cambridge’s Addiction Roadshow next weekend, former drug addict Ian Young tells how he’s turned his life around By LydiaFallon – Source Years of drug and alcohol abuse caused Ian Young’s life to spiral out of control. But now 13 years sober, the 42-year-old has turned his life around, and has been inspired to help others do the same. He tells Lydia Fallon his story. Positive and confident, with an infectious zest for life, Ian Young is definitely a glass half full type of guy. But if you look at the path his life has taken over the years, it’s not hard to see why the 42-year-old is so determined to make every day count. Things could have turned out very differently. A former drug-addicted alcoholic, at his lowest ebb Ian weighed eight stone and was on the brink of death. His life ravaged by addiction, he was homeless, scared and alone, so weak he could barely stand up. “The drugs were killing me but the only way I knew how to overcome those feelings of shame, guilt and remorse was to consume more drugs, which is completely insane,” says Ian, who lives with his wife in Hertfordshire and works in Cambridge. “I was only 29 but I knew it wouldn’t be long before I died; I couldn’t breathe a full breath, I could hardly move, my internal lungs were poorly, my hearing and eyesight damaged, and I was self-centered and manipulative. It was all about me.” It’s hard to believe it’s the same person sitting in front of me today. Thirteen years sober, Ian is now a picture of health and happiness, and is using his experience of addiction to help others overcome their problems too. On Saturday, November 15, Ian will be hosting the Addiction Roadshow at Cambridge Belfry Hotel in Cambourne to give addicts, and their families, support and advice on giving up for good. “It’s about explaining addiction and recovery, and giving actual solutions,” says Ian. “You’re only ever 2mm away from permanent change, but it’s about figuring out where those 2mm come from. It might be change in a belief or a behaviour, just a simple thing that will flick the switch and...

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