New figures prompt a request for a new look at rehab.

cocaine use_Eleos counselling


New figures released under Freedom of information act, Highlight that there that there is an inadequate amount of residential rehabilitation for drug users. This is added to the political debate on how people with drug habits are to be treated.

The ongoing debate ,by some experts, suggests that community-based rehabilitation is more successful and less costly than so-called L ive in  treatments. Furthermore, Figures released suggest that there are 138 addicts for every residential rehabilitation placement in England. The drastic lacking places this  is possibly due to lack of funding, as local government finances are cut back as part of austerity measures in general.

Taking somebody out of their normal circle of friends and put them into a rehabilitation center can sometimes be good for the addict, in general. They have time to reconsider their lives and have no network where they can acquire their drug choice. But, one would argue they have to live in the real world. Returning back to their home town, can start an addiction back up after being clean for several months in the rehab unit.

Perhaps one thing to consider is the amount of support drug users get. This varies from excellent to inadequate, depending on where you live. If the government goes for a community-based rehabilitation programme. One would suggest that they have to be some form of psychological support put in place as well as chemical support.

Psychotherapy has often played second fiddle, with drug and alcohol agencies, adding it as an afterthought rather than necessity. Using trained councillors/psychotherapy to help people through the drug addiction can have a marked effect on long-term prognosis.

Looking at why a person took to drugs in the first place can be very painful for them, but very useful in finding their triggers, and also they come to terms with old hurts, which may have caused them to use in the first place.

An interesting comment was made in the report. Inasmuch as, the UK is now deemed the addicted man of Europe, proportionally more having more problematic drug users in any country in Europe.

The report also asked for local authorities to adopt new models in drug and alcohol treatment. Perhaps one of these could be a home-based abstinence programme supplemented with psychotherapy at a local center?


DECEPTION #1: I can quit whenever I would like

Perhaps you could, perhaps you can’t more likely you are unable to. But this is just a justification to keep drinking. The realisation is you don’t want to stop. Say to yourself that you simply can give up at any time is tends to make you feel  as you can manage your drinking , regardless of all the evidence towards the contrary. In spite of the damage that is being  done for your physique as well as your close Alcohol_Addiction_by_hasenfurzrelationships.

DECEPTION #2: My consuming is a problem for me, but nobody is affected, I am only hurting myself.

The reality is the decision to keep up consuming is your decision. But fundamentally you’re playing the deception card. If In the event you think you’re not hurting people around you you’re quite mistaken. Alcoholism affects families, and close relationships, in brief, your issue is anyone close to you.

DECEPTION #3 : I only drink on weekends, consequently can’t be an alcoholic, and I only drink wine or beer so I can’t possibly be an alcoholic can I?

Alcoholism isn’t defined by everything you drink, what time you consume it, or actually how much you consume. It’s the impact of the consumption of alcohol has on you, that defines an issue. If drinking causes you or the people about you  a problem-if you’re consuming daily or only at weekends, drinking, rough cider or vintage Bollinger, the results are the same and when those effects are problematic for you have  a problem with alcohol.

DECEPTION #4: I’m able to hold down a Job so I can’t be an alcoholic can I?

You don’t need to be a homeless drinker to become an alcoholic. Numerous people with liquor problem managed to carry down work, provide for their households and get to school. Irrespective of your status as a high functioning alcoholic it doesn’t mean you are not placing yourself in danger or other people.

DECEPTION #5: Alcohol is not a drug

Alcohol is definitely a drug, actually  it is every bit as harmful as any drug addiction. Alcoholics undergo a physical withdrawal once they stop consuming much like each other drug consumer.


If you or somebody you know has an alcohol addiction and would like help, you can go to



NHS reveal a £3 Pill to help “mild alcoholics”

SASHA-black-and-white-photography-drinks-Wines-Beds-Senual-Items-drink-sexy-tags-Klasse-Wine-Glasses-wino-Suzies-alcohol_largeTens of thousands of Britons  who regularly drink two large glasses of wine a day could be now given a new pill to help them reduce their alcohol consumption. ‘ GP’s are urged to prescribe a new drug called Nalmefene, which could help up to 600,000 adults in England, who may already be described as “mild alcoholics”.

Under new NICE guidelines women who drink five units a day and men who drink 7 ½ and struggle to get by without drinking will be prescribed this drug.

To put some balance what is actually five units look like ? It’s actually 2 ½ glasses of 12% alcohol wine using 175 ml glass. The thing that I have noticed, in my private practices is that seldom do people know exactly how much alcohol they actually drinking, as glass sizes can vary enormously; I have known in the past people buying glasses that would easily contain half a bottle of wine.

Using this new drug NICE estimate that they can save 1,854 lives, over a five-year period and prevent 43,000, alcohol-related diseases and injuries. Over the past decade, deaths from liver disease have soared by a fifth and there were 4,425 in 2012, mostly people in their middle age.

One prerequisite for using this drug is that it is to be used alongside counselling. Anecdotal evidence in my local area, suggests that there is a lack of counselling provision for people with alcohol problems, in fact, when local people do access counselling it’s normally six sessions of CBT. Another factor to take into consideration is that this new drug  should only ever used for a period of six months, what other support to people have past six months is unsure.

It is reported that the NHS spends 3.5 billion annually treating patients with alcohol misuse, and it looks like this figure could rise. What is obvious to me is that provision for counselling people with an alcohol problem would help enormously. Also, educating people on what a unit of alcohol actually looks like.