Dealing With Blackmail and Emotional Abuse

While it may be a form of self-defence, it is extremely uncomfortable to be on the opposite end of someone else’s emotional blackmail. This, together with hostage taking falls under the psychological umbrella of emotional manipulation, which is displayed by people who have the need to control others. Projection is demonstrated through the transference...

Sexually Abused People and Addiction

Sexual abuse is any unwanted sexual activity, with perpetrators using force, making threats or taking advantage of victims in any way, so that they are not able to give consent. Sexual abuse can lead to a number of serious psychiatric conditions in children and adults as they grapple with distressing emotions such as fear,...

Understanding Denial and Addiction

What is Denial ACTUALLY and How To Navigate Through It? Denial is the refusal to accept a past or present reality and is employed to protect us from a number of things: our own negative traits, repeated memories of the negative actions of other people and guilt for our past actions, thoughts or feelings....

Asking For Help

How Do I Break the News that I Need Help…. Reaching out for help can be a daunting process which leaves you lost for words and riddled with anxiety. But the chances are by the time you muster the courage to admit you have a problem, those who care about you would have already...

How To Select The Best Rehab

Finding the right treatment programme can be the difference between healing and recovery. It is a life-changing decision and its impact is lasting because addiction makes you a prisoner in your own mind and the correct treatment can set you free. So what are the key factors to look out for when choosing a...

Misconception of Rehabs and Addiction

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8qfSfFtcws Because of the myths surrounding addiction, it is important to unpack the term and arrive at an understanding of its true nature. Essentially, addiction (now referred to as substance-use disorder) is a psychological disorder. One misconception is that we are born with an addictive personality or a set of traits which predisposes us...

Misdiagnosed Addiction and Trauma

The complex phenomenon of trauma can have a number of psychological effects on the human mind and our emotional repertoire. Trauma dated back to our early childhood can manifest in a host of psychiatric conditions in our adult life. Compounding this is the fact that trauma is linked to substance abuse as a means...

Addiction Explained

Addiction is characterised by behaviours that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving. There are questions you can ask yourself to find out whether you suffer from an addiction: Do you have compulsive engagement with the substance or behaviour and find...

Understanding The Role of Trauma in Addiction

Trauma can be defined as any event, experience or encounter which we perceived as distressing. It leaves a lasting impact on our emotional makeup and worldview, which we often only realise long after the event has passed. Traumatic experiences can be overt such as losing a loved one, being neglected, being exposed to physical...

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