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Understanding Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal

The use of alcohol and other drugs is prevalent in the UK and worldwide. Addiction is a severe illness that impacts hundreds of thousands of people every year. According to The National Drug Treatment Monitoring System, there were almost 270,000 UK adults in contact with addiction treatment services between 2017 and 2018
This blog will explore the physical effects of trauma on the brain and how it impacts the realities and perceptions of trauma survivors.

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The Physical Effects of Trauma on the Brain

Trauma can lead to a range of debilitating physical and psychological health conditions. Most notably, trauma can result in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD is characterised by intense flashbacks to the traumatic event(s), nightmares, hyperarousal, and disturbing emotions and memories. Survivors of PTSD have been known to engage in avoidant behaviours such as social withdrawal and substance abuse.
This blog will explore the physical effects of trauma on the brain and how it impacts the realities and perceptions of trauma survivors.

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How to Cope With the January Blues

January is one of the coldest, dreariest months of the year. The dark mornings, the short days, and the long nights can make us feel more tired and run down than usual. During this vulnerable time, it is important to develop some healthy coping behaviours.

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Understanding Neuroplasticity

As we grow from children into adults our brains are continually changing. Through each new or repeated experience, connections are formed in the brain that influence how we understand and engage with ourselves and the world around us.

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Ketamine and its Clinical Uses

Ketamine has emerged in recent years as a powerful aid in the treatment of depression. Though a popular recreational drug commonly abused across the U.K., ketamine was first introduced as anaesthetic agent in the 1960s, and is still used as such today. In this blog, we will explore how ketamine is being used as a powerful antidepressant, and its potential for aiding recovery from anxiety-related and substance use disorders.

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Understanding Pregabalin

Pregabalin is an anti-convulsant, pain-relieving medication, under the classification of Gabapentinoids. As an anti-convulsant, or anti-epileptic drug, Pregabalin works by reducing the intensity of ‘abnormal electrical activity in the brain.’ For the treatment of neuropathic pain, it reduces pain sensitivity by disrupting the pain signals sent from the brain through the spinal cord.

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Addicted to Trading

Since the beginning of the pandemic, many popular types of gambling-related events such as football, horse racing, and other sporting events have been put on hold. In combination with the immense financial pressure that the pandemic has placed on most people, those who enjoy or are accustomed to gambling, and even those who are new to it, have turned to online gambling and trading apps to earn extra money, which, initially, seems easy. Unfortunately, it isn’t as easy as it seems making money trading, and many people have found themselves addicted.

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What is Somatoform Disorder?

People who suffer from Borderline Personality Disorder are subject to experiencing intense feelings of loneliness and isolation, a deep sense of hopelessness or emptiness, and have a deep-seated fear of abandonment. To protect oneself against these feelings, those with BPD may engage in several defence mechanisms,

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Global Snapshot of Addiction

Addiction is a term often surrounded by harmful stigma. Until recent decades, addiction was often misunderstood as a personal failure, a sign of weakness, or simply a personal choice, and treatment options were limited. Advances in our neuroscientific understanding of addiction have allowed us to view it in a new light and discover new and effective treatment options

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Co-Codamol Addiction – signs, symptoms and treatment?

As an opiate, codeine is a highly physically and psychologically addictive substance.1 When addiction develops, professional treatment is required. Misuse of opiates can be fatal, so it’s essential that treatment is sought and provided at the earliest possible stages of addiction.

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Coping with Panic Attacks at Night

Panic attacks can make a person feel as though they are completely alone in their experience. The thoughts and feelings that come up can be deeply personal and difficult to rationalise. However, nocturnal panic attacks are more common than many sufferers believe

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