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Family Dynamics of Addiction – Jackson Oppy

The dynamic around a loved one with addiction is sadly consistent from family to family, across cultural and socioeconomic groups. I have not seen a family with a loved one suffering from addiction that did not fall into the dynamic described below. Understanding how these key interactions work – or don’t - and seeing [...]

The Cycle of Addiction – Jackson Oppy

Do people grow out of cancer or diabetes? Of course not, cancer sufferers and diabetics need specific treatment for these diseases. So do addicts. Without treatment, addiction will get worse over time, never better. A characteristic of the disease of addiction is that it is progressive, starting out in a seemingly harmless way that [...]

Drugs and Sex: A Perfect Match?

Addicts of all types have ongoing issues with healthy emotional and sexual intimacy. This is hardly surprising when one understands that addicts engage in their addictive behaviors not to have a good time (even if that’s how their use began), but to self-soothe and avoid the pain of life. In other words, addicts drink, [...]

February 14th, 2017|Addiction, Dealing with Addiction, Drug Addiction, Health, Life|0 Comments

Doctor’s Sedating the Nation Since 1966

The Rolling Stones famous 1966 song: ‘Mother’s Little Helper’ which made a controversial comment about the housewives popping benzos like candy, rings as true today as it did 50 years ago. These pills are kindly prescribed by the trustworthy family doc, so why wouldn’t you take them and why wouldn’t you do as they [...]

January 31st, 2017|Addiction, Family and Relationships, Life|0 Comments

The Hader Clinic: BBC Documentary – Hidden Australia Addicted to Ice

This summer many families will have untreated addicts attending family gatherings and everyone will do their best to pretend everything is ok. The normal questions like “what have you been up to?” and “how’s work going?” will be avoided. Everybody will try and get through without upsetting each other and have a nice day. Imagine [...]

Why is Rehab a Good Idea for Meth-Heads?

Ice or Methamphetamine is the Rocky Balboa of the contemporary drug world and something you really don’t want to go up against single handed. This substance is a highly potent stimulant that jabs with unmitigated speed and releases approximately 1250 units of dopamine, a ‘feel good’ chemical neurotransmitter, into the user’s brain. Compare this, if [...]

January 20th, 2017|Addiction, Drug Addiction, Rehabilitation|0 Comments

Another Christmas with Our Addict

This Christmas many families will have untreated addicts attending the family gathering and everyone will do their best to pretend everything is ok. The normal questions like “what have you been up to?” and “how’s work going?” will be avoided. Everybody will try and get through the day without upsetting each other and have a [...]

December 19th, 2016|Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Drug Addiction, Life|1 Comment

Staying Sober for Christmas (You Must be Having a Laugh)

The halls are being decked with boughs of holly, the goose is getting fat and presents are being bought and bundled away in preparation for the Christmas tree. It is a time of joy, connecting with your loved ones and remembering all the fantastic things that have happened in the last 12 months: a time [...]

December 14th, 2016|Addiction, Alcohol Abuse, Life|0 Comments