In England alone, there are an estimated 586,780 dependent drinkers, with only 18% receiving treatment. Many of us know someone close to us battling an alcohol addiction, and it can be a heavy burden to carry. How do you begin to help someone in their recovery?
Cocaine is a drug that is extensively abused and is extremely addictive. Worldwide about £62 billion of cocaine is sold each year; around a million people in the UK take cocaine with up to 20% of users becoming dependent. There is no approved pharmacotherapy to treat addiction, and behavioural/psychological approaches generally have limited success.
Family dynamics are tricky to navigate at any time of the year, however at Christmas they can become all but impossible. The reunion at the family home surrounded by brothers and sisters, Grandparents, Aunts and Uncles and maybe the odd “Auntie” (who in fact is not a blood relative but a friend of the family) can bring about a modern day, psychological head-scrambling phenomena known as Christmas ‘Holiday Regression’.