In 1955 Addiction was acknowledged by WHO (World Health Organization) as a disease. A year later the AMA (American Medical Association) went a step further and acknowledged it a family disease. Ask the many friends and families of addicts and alcoholics about this and they will concur….The … Read more about Watching families heal
So it’s January and the party's over. I am filled with a sense of dread. It’s the same sense of dread that I feel when the sun is coming up about 6am, and I’m sobering up enough to know that I have to go home and sleep, suffer the hangover and face reality. I don’t know how to feel … Read more about Hitting rock bottom in January: New Year, New Life
I have to confess to being a lifelong James Bond Fan. From the moment that the white amphibious Lotus emerged from the Sea in “the Spy who loved me” I was hooked!! I remember leaving my local Cinema running home, diving in and out of Bushes and singing ‘Nobody Does it better’ a la Carly Simon. In … Read more about James Bond – Charmer or Alcoholic?
Derived from ancient Buddhist philosophy Mindfulness is an increased awareness of thoughts, bodily sensations, feelings, and the surrounding environment. In recent times mindfulness meditation practices and activities have increasingly been integrated into secular health care settings and … Read more about Understanding Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP)
Recently I have been trying to help my 6-year-old son get through a difficult time in school. It’s his first year in school (after kindergarten) and he been adjusting to many changes. Mostly he takes it in his stride but one of his teachers is very strict, loud and in his words, “scary”. Twice … Read more about Why emotional resilience is a secret superpower
"Yoga is a process of complete personality transformation to realise the stable and lasting state of Inner Peace" Sri Prasad Rangnekar This is a quote from my teacher and I think it gives insight on how the various yoga practices can help those suffering from addiction and also family and friends … Read more about How Yoga can Help in Addiction Recovery
Active recovery from addiction requires a lot of retraining with new habits, routines and regimes to break with old negative habits. There’s a variety of reasons for this. Having a structured day helps those in recovery feel organised and productive and this, in turn, creates a sense of … Read more about Why Exercise, Meditation & Yoga Enhances Recovery from Addiction
Many sufferers of Addiction find themselves hopeless, helpless and unsure of what to do. The nature of the disease means that highly intelligent people make illogical and irrational decisions when it comes to their addiction. This can lead to anger, frustration, confusion and shame. Often … Read more about Taking the First Step to Recovery