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Alcohol A test of resolve: How to keep your New Year’s resolution around drinking

When it comes to making a major change to your drinking habits, a New Year’s Resolution seems the perfect place to start – but a month down the track, that resolve is possibly starting to wane.

Research from the University of Scranton in the US over the past decade shows that, although people who set […]

What Are Core Mindfulness Skills?

Core mindfulness skills are one of the sets of skills taught by Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Unlike other behaviour therapies, DBT focuses not so much on changing behaviours as on accepting your feelings, and learning to observe them and let them flow away from you. Core mindfulness skills teach you to do just that, […]

Interpersonal Effectiveness Skills

As human beings, we are wired to seek others and communicate, from the moment we are out of the womb. Unfortunately, this isn’t all smooth sailing, and life is full of misunderstandings, assumptions, and interpretations based on our background and past, all affecting the outcome of our interactions.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy or DBT, a mindfulness-based […]

What Is a Standard Drink?

A standard drink is a theoretical drink containing a specific amount of pure alcohol, i.e. ethanol, the ingredient responsible for drunkenness.

This unit is a convenient way to measure alcohol consumption and evaluate health risks and it has been adopted worldwide. It is usually expressed as a certain quantity of a drink but, interestingly, what […]

What is Al-Anon?

Alcoholism, like any form of addiction, rarely limits its effects to the life of the alcoholics themselves. Even if they are high-functioning alcoholics and can manage to keep up the appearance of control, their dependence will inevitably affect their relationships with their family and friends.

If you are an alcoholic, help is at hand in […]

Overcoming Addiction Is Hard Work

People who haven’t experienced what it is like to be addicted to a substance often mistakenly think that overcoming it is about willpower, and that people who can’t beat it are simply weak, or don’t really want to stop.

But those who are battling with drug addiction or alcoholism know that it is a very […]

What is NA?

Narcotics Anonymous (NA) is a worldwide non-profit organisation for recovering drug addicts.

Although it has no affiliation to any other institution, NA follows a framework similar to other addiction support groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous, like the 12-Steps Programme for example, and, likewise, its success is founded on peer-to-peer support.

Narcotics Anonymous’s membership is free to […]

What is a Personality Disorder?

We are not all born the same, all you need to do to see this is to observe infants: some are calmer, some more sensitive, others more sociable. As we grow, our personality is shaped by our environment but it doesn’t fundamentally change. Rather, it develops to adapt to our life so that we […]

Benzodiazepine Dependence

Benzodiazepines are a group of drugs sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia and other mood disorders. Unfortunately, they are also highly addictive, and psychological as well as physical dependence can develop in as little as a few weeks, which is why the benefit of using them has to be carefully weighed against the risk.

Once […]

What Is Disassociation?

Dissociation is a psychological process whereby someone disconnects from reality, their thoughts and feelings, or loses memories and their sense of identity. It is a coping mechanism from the mind, to protect a person from a traumatic event and allow them to “switch off” and distance themselves from a situation they cannot handle and […]