Is anonymity a positive or a negative in Recovery?

Addiction recovery is real, all over the world people are living their lives, one day at a time, clean and sober.  What treatment programme, regimen or philosophy is unimportant, recovery from addiction is real, possible and out there! I guess, my concern at the...
Residential Rehab – Use us or Lose us…

Residential Rehab – Use us or Lose us…

It’s a travesty of modern day Britain that this morning I learnt of another residential treatment provider closing its doors, this time in the North West. It sickens and saddens me that as austerity really starts to bite its our most disadvantaged, stigmatised and...
Hijacking Language in Addiction Treatment

Hijacking Language in Addiction Treatment

I’ve been Ranting on for yonks about abstinence and when you look back through my blogs you’ll see references to my concern about when “recovery” is not Recovery. Sadly the debate still rumbles, and still I hear from workers in the field feeling undermined that their...
Who are we to judge?

Who are we to judge?

He who casts the first stone…. and all that.  Those of you who’ve read this blog before will know how frustrated I get about stigma and discrimination regarding addicts, alcoholics, addiction, actually I hate Discrimination against anyone, but vulnerable people...
Highlighting the risks of addiction and co-dependency

Highlighting the risks of addiction and co-dependency

My message this week is simple. I’ve seen too many people die from addiction. So why collude, cover up and lie for someone who is an addict, alcoholic or serial gambler? Your co-dependent actions will not help anyone. Yesterday, I saw a young man (let’s call him...