Employment and Recovery

Employment and Recovery

It’s a sad truth, however I am going to talk about it. Employers do not like employing addicts in recovery. It makes them twitchy.  Just talking about addiction makes both large and small organisations worried.  Either they have staff they know they need to deal with...
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...
Weston super Mare – Recovery Town

Weston super Mare – Recovery Town

Saturday was a bit special in Weston super Mare.  Saturday 22 September 2012, will now be known as the day the first Recovery Walk was held in Weston.  Wow, it was amazing over 200 people gathering to walk to challenge the myths and stigma about addiction and mental...
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...
The Secret to Long-Term Recovery From Addiction

The Secret to Long-Term Recovery From Addiction

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend two days at UKESAD (an international conference on alcohol and drugs), a forum which flows with lively debate with academics, clinicians and professionals working in the field of addiction. What I really loved about this...
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...