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7 ways to be a successful “DryAthlete”

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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 been causing your body. 
Consider just how great you’re feeling in the mornings and appreciate the break you’re giving your body. 7) Keep things simple
 Break the month down into manageable sizes so you make a commitment not to drink for one week, day, or even just one hour at a time and then repeat this whenever you’re tempted. During your month of abstinence, stay safe and surround yourself with happy, cheerful friends who are able to enjoy themselves with positive pastimes. 
Often family gatherings that are focussed on children rather than adults are far more likely to be healthy events. 
Make your weekends and spare time about the children in your life – sons / daughters / nieces & nephews / cousins etc.
But most importantly of all, make sure you’re enjoying yourself and whatever you’re doing. Happiness is an inside job, which is immediately created quite simply by helping other people, most easily in our children or our elders. 
So see how you can make someone else’s day an enjoyable experience, rather than worrying about your own. BONUS TIP –...

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AddictionRoadShowOxford2015

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“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 at The Oxford Hotel. The event is specifically designed to assist families (and individuals) experiencing addiction challenges to better understand how to help their loved ones overcome their destructive cycle. It’s the very first event of its kind to be help in Oxfordshire. The event will take place on Sunday 22nd February 2015 at The Oxford Hotel, Godstow Road, Oxford, OX2 8AL To book and reserve your seat please visit www.AddictionRoadShow.co.uk For all press enquiries, please contact: office@addictionroadshow.co.uk 0207 993 8598 ———————————————— The Addiction Road Show has been touring around Britain since 2014, visiting a different county once a month. Planned dates for 2015: January 22nd February March 14th Birmingham April 11th Milton Keynes May 9th Manchester June 6th Peterborough (Dates & locations all subject to confirmation) “Taking YOU and YOUR Family from ADDICTION to RECOVERY with Actionable SOLUTIONS in 1 Day.”...

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6 ways to convince an Alcoholic / Addict to accept help

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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 healthy way to confront the alcoholic / addict who is expressing very little willingness to accept help or change, a Sober Intervention raises the perceived pain of continuing to drink / use drugs versus the proposed pain of accepting the help we’re trying to offer them right here, right now, right away. Sober Interventions involve the immediate family around the alcoholic / addict – the people they cognitively understand love them and have their best interests at heart. The family get together with the Sober Interventionist and through a structured process they confront the alcoholic / addict’s behaviours with absolute love, complete honesty and strong bottom line boundaries, all through the process politely and genuinely asking the alcoholic / addict to accept the help they’re being offered. Each family member takes their turn while the Sober Interventionist guides the session and leads the vibe within the room, keeping everybody calm as much as possible and ensuring the smooth process to successful completion. The alcoholic / addict has to listen to some hard truths about themselves and for a short window...

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Team of experts set to bring their Addiction Roadshow to Cambridge

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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 I would be offered some and I couldn’t resist. It was the same with heroin, I would go cold turkey and sit there and go through the sweats then be out at the weekend and have some more. “I was sincere and made a pledge to stop but I couldn’t go through with it. We’re going to be trying to explain to family members why it’s so heartbreaking to see someone who you love and care about in the throws of any addiction who are unable to stop themselves from doing the things they don’t want to be doing.” The 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. And they will describe and explore what recovery from addiction actually looks like and how people can get help and treatment as well as get the opportunity to speak to therapists for free. “I want families to get a bit of a help and them to know it’s a...

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

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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 the floodgates will open. “They will figure it out and I will help and inspire them to do that.” Growing up in north London and then St Albans, Ian was hit hard by his teenage years, and turned to drink at a young age. “I was insecure but I found alcohol allowed me to be whoever I wanted to be. It gave me courage and confidence, and I found this larger-than-life identity,” he recalls. “I wanted to be the guy all the girls loved and it seemed like alcohol helped me to do that.” But it soon began to take over Ian’s life. “It grew from just Friday and Saturday nights to Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and by 15 I was drinking every night of the week or playing around with solvents and smoking cannabis.” Aged 16 he was expelled from secondary school and decided to leave home. He started college (“for something to do”) and would spend the nights squatting in derelict buildings with his friends and taking drugs. “Fuelled by LSD, amphetamines and alcohol, I became a completely...

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What is the Addiction RoadShow’s Primary Focus?

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What is the Addiction RoadShow’s Primary Focus? To make sure that all the attendees at the live events leave with a clear pathway for their loved one’s to follow for their successful recovery, even if the addicted individual isn’t personally keen on addressing their current challenges. This worthy projects’ ambition is to educate the British public that someone struggling with an addiction can be interrupted now, and that they no longer have to wait for the addict to be ready to stop or to recover. This is based upon my own extensive experience as one of the UK’s finest active Addiction Interventionists, where I’ve helped addicts and alcoholics find recovery when they really need it, even if they didn’t want it initially, thus repairing and healing families and their surrounding communities. What we see reported is the vast majority of addicts never finding the right help to combat their addictions, and tragically they overdose or drink themselves to an early grave, prison or some form of hospitalisation, more often than not with an incorrect mental health diagnosis. The primary cause for this is that their surrounding family and loved one feel un-empowered or in fear of confronting them appropriately or safely without repercussions to themselves due to the addict / alcoholics fury and rage (which is actually their reaction to their self centred fear of losing what they believe to be serving them, when it’s actually killing them). The problems we’ll be addressing at the Addiction RoadShow are as follows: Lack of understanding of what Addiction is and how it interferes with someone’s life. Lack of confidence around confronting the addict without fear of antagonising the addict into immediate drinking / using behaviour. Lack of awareness around what Recovery actually is and how lives are turned around once it’s embraced. Inability to realise that the addict’s desire for more alcohol or narcotics is part of their disease and should never be encouraged. Many families don’t even realise when their loved one is hiding an addiction. Lack of awareness around genuine permanent solutions to addictions, due to possible ineffective NHS policies and red tape. The Addiction RoadShow is aimed at showing the family how to best deal with the Addict / Alcoholic; rather than working directly with the Addict / Alcoholic who usually, for many years of their addiction is unwilling to consider change, whether by asking or even accepting help when it’s offered to them. And that’s what I specialise in. And so that’s what the Addiction Roadshow is going to teach the Family members. => Join us at the...

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PRESS RELEASE – 30th October 2014 (updated)

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“Addiction RoadShow” Launches First Event in Cambridgeshire on Saturday Nov 15th       Did you know 10% of the British population have addictive disease? The Addiction Road Show will be holding its first event in Cambourne, near Cambridge on Saturday November 15, 2014 at the Belfry Hotel. 
The event is specifically designed to assist families (and individuals) experiencing addiction challenges to better understand how to help their loved ones overcome their destructive cycle. it’s the very first event of its kind. Yes, 10% of the British population have addictive disease and this affects 20% of the British population! Addiction is a common yet highly misunderstood public health issue, which directly affects 1 in 10 individuals in the UK (WHO, 2014) and 1 in 5 individuals indirectly (AdFam evidence).   The event will take place on November 15, 2014 at the Belfry Hotel from 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM ———————– Addiction to Alcohol & Drug is still a growing concern around the world. Growing trends are sex, gambling, over-eating, shopping and gaming… all different types of addiction, 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 Road Show sets out to explain precisely what addiction is and how it can be arrested permanently. The three Addiction Treatment Industry recognised speakers will explain how family members can actually help their loved ones who are currently going through addiction, even if they’re not willing to stop yet. This event will offer concerned friends and families a thorough explanation on how to conquer addiction once and for all. 
The hand picked 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 right around the corner. The Addiction Road Show 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. Families in crisis 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. To book and reserve your seat please visit www.AddictionRoadShow.co.uk For all press enquiries, please contact: office@addictionroadshow.co.uk 0207 993 8598 ————————————————   The Addiction Road Show will be touring around Britain from November 2014 onwards, visiting a different county at least once a month. January 17th Oxford Feb 21st Leicester March 7th Birmingham April 11th Milton Keynes May 9th Manchester June 6th Peterborough (Dates & locations all subject to confirmation)   “Taking YOU and YOUR Family from ADDICTION to RECOVERY with Actionable SOLUTIONS in 1 Day.”...

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Are you attempting a sober October?

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Are you attempting a sober October?

30th Sep 2014 2:56pm | By Editor Ian Young is on his 14th October in a row sober (and drug free). Here he shares his top seven tips as to how you can achieve sobriety for this month. In 2001, after 13 years of alcohol and drug addiction, homelessness and living outside society, Ian Young discovered the solution to his debilitating lifestyle, creating a life filled with laughter and love, and addiction free. Author of ‘It’s Not About Me! – Confessions of a Recovered Outlaw Addict, from Living Hell to LivingBig’, Young discloses his story through addiction, while exploring practical and spiritual lessons he’s learned along the way, hoping to use his experiences to benefit others struggling with addiction. If you’re attempting to stag grog-free this month, try Ian’s tried-and-tested tips… 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 and check in with them on a daily (minimum) basis 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 been causing your body. Consider just how great you’re feeling in the mornings and appreciate the break you’re giving your body. 7) Keep things simple Break the month down into manageable sizes so you make a commitment not to drink for one week, day, or even just one hour at a time and then repeat this whenever you’re tempted. If you’re looking for a more permanent respite from your drinking, download Ian’s free book “It’s Not About Me” , which contains a full guide on how to stop and stay stopped with a full guide to a successful recovery from any addiction. For more about Ian or for help to quit drinking, visit the below. www.ian-young.com www.soberservices.co.uk www.addictionroadshow.co.uk Source:...

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“Addiction Road Show” To Hold First Event in Cambridgeshire

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“Addiction Road Show” To Hold First Event in Cambridgeshire

“Taking You and YOUR FAMILY from ADDICTION to RECOVERY with Actionable SOLUTIONS in 1 Day”

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The ADDICTION ROADSHOW begins

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The ADDICTION ROADSHOW begins

The ADDICTION ROADSHOW begins it’s tour in November in Cambridge, before embarking on a monthly tour of the UK, including the following locations: Birmingham Hale & Manchester Oxford Peterborough Milton Keynes Norwich Bath Leicester Coventry and Lemington Spa St. Albans More locations will be announced late 2014. For more information, or to discuss the ADDICTION ROADSHOW coming to your Town or City, please email office@addictionroadshow.co.uk 0     First Name: *  Your Email Address: Email marketing by Interspire Signing you up! FREE Ebook - How To Get The Right Help To Overcome Drug Or Alcohol Addiction Enter your details below to download your copy Enter your Name and Email Address Below Download We hate spam just as much as you Signing you up! FREE Ebook - How To Get The Right Help To Overcome Drug Or Alcohol Addiction Enter your details below to download your copy Click the Button Below to Sign Up Connect through Facebook! We hate spam just as much as you Signing you up! FREE Ebook - How To Get The Right Help To Overcome Drug Or Alcohol Addiction Enter your details below to download your copy Click the Button Below Instant Access! We hate spam just as much as...

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