Addiction Resources

What Is Meant by ‘a Balanced Recovery’?

Balanced recovery is not something that miraculously appears – you have to make it happen. Newcomers to CATCH Recovery’s treatment programmes sometimes find the concept of balance hard to appreciate. Addicted people are drawn to extremes of behaviour where there is little room for moderation or balance of any kind in their lives before they […]

Inside the Mind of the Crypto Trader

The Mind of the Crypto Trader. Sam is a 50-something divorcee with two teenage children. He is a high achiever, capable of earning considerable sums in systems management. He is also an expert in digital technology. Sam is in recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and is wise to the pitfalls that lurk along the […]

Viagra and Cocaine and the Dangers of Mixing Them

Viagra and cocaine and why you shouldn’t mix them Cocaine is a highly addictive drug derived from the plants of the South American coca plant. It’s the most commonly used stimulant in the UK; the latest data shows 2.9% of UK adults use cocaine. The UK also reports the highest levels of crack cocaine problems […]

Alcoholism and Marriage – What to Do When Your Partner’s Drinking Harms Your Marriage

What Is The Relation Between Alcoholism and Marriage? Alcoholism, and indeed most addictions, are potentially destructive to relationships, especially marriage, where betrayal of trust is particularly difficult to overcome. It is destructive in many ways besides that, however. Marriage should be undertaken responsibly, but the inherent selfishness of addiction undermines the best of intentions. Most […]

Does Alcohol Shorten Your Life?

It is well established that alcohol can negatively impact, and even damage, your physical and mental well-being but how does alcohol shorten your life? Excessive drinking can become incredibly toxic, resulting in a range of health issues, the symptoms of which will differ from person to person. However, while it’s common for long-term drinking to […]

How Long After Drugs Can I Drive?

How Will Drugs Affect My Driving? The effects of drugs on driving will differ depending on the type of drug you take and how that drug works on the brain. It is sometimes difficult to determine the impact of certain drugs on driving because people tend to mix various drugs with alcohol. However, it is […]

What Are the Different Types of Drugs?

Drugs are often categorized based on the effects they produce. In this article, we shall understand what are the different types of drugs, each with its own set of characteristics, effects, risks, and dangers. These categories include stimulants, depressants, opioids, psychedelics, inhalants, cannabinoids, dissociatives, and empathogens. One of the most devastating truths about drug abuse […]

Early Stages of Recovery and What Should I Expect?

Early Stages of Recovery Inpatient rehab programmes will help you detox from any substances still in your system. This is the first step towards long-term recovery from addiction. The process can feel extremely overwhelming and emotions will be heightened. Changes in appetite, no desire to participate in activities, little motivation, and distorted sleep patterns are […]

What Is Tolerance?

What is tolerance and how is it developed? Physical vs Psychological Tolerance Put simply, physical tolerance occurs when enzymes in the liver (responsible for metabolising toxins) become more active, therefore the metabolism of drugs and alcohol speeds up. This, in turn, causes a significant reduction in the number of cell receptors that the drug attaches […]

What Is Fentanyl & Why Is It Dangerous?

Fentanyl is an extremely potent synthetic opioid with similar properties to morphine, though its effects are 100 times stronger. It’s a controlled prescription drug, commonly used to help with severe pain as a result of injury or surgery. Fentanyl can also be used to treat the symptoms of chronic pain and is also regularly given […]