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Australian Footballer Gavin Crosisca’s Battle with Addiction

In September, a former Australian Football League icon-turned coach, Gavin Crosisca, admitted on national television his addiction to cannabis, amphetamines, and alcohol and revealed how he’d get high on marijuana practically every night of his 25-year sports career  before eventually being put in treatment by his wife. According to Alastair Mordey Programme Director at The Cabin Rehab Centre, “The debate about the pros and cons of marijuana use is long standing. Some people can maintain use at socially acceptable levels, however those with the underlying disease of addiction, such as Gavin, will become addicted. Gavin talks about being restless, irritable and dissociated when younger and struggling to obtain enjoyment from normal activities, these are all the symptoms of the underlying disease.” Here is Gavin’s interview on Australia’s Sunday Night Show http://au.news.yahoo.com/sunday-night/video/watch/19050783/footy-legends-drug-secret-part-1/

BOARD GAMES: AN ADDICTION TREATMENT PROGRAMME?

The most entertaining board games simulate life, and thereby teach its players valuable life lessons – think Monopoly™ (can you manage your money while navigating the real estate market?) and Life (you just lost your job and your third kid is on the way, what will you do?). Downward Spiral, a board game developed by American researchers at the Institute of Behavioural Research at Texas Christian University, simulates the life of an addict, and is marketed as an addendum to an addiction treatment programme; the game’s creators suggest using it to facilitate discussion between recovering addict and counsellor. But, do recovering addicts in addiction treatment programmes really need to roll the dice and flip over cards to understand and discuss the tragic consequences of substance abuse? As a player in Downward Spiral, your objective is to retain your resources, both social and financial. The game, of course, is designed to make this difficult; by rolling dice participants move along a black board, hopping from one coloured square to the next, encountering the repercussions of drug …

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING AN ALCOHOL REHAB PROGRAMME

Finally accepting that you need an alcohol rehab programme can be a hard decision. Admitting to yourself and your loved ones that you need help is often a terrifying time, but essential if you are to start taking steps to become sober. Maybe you’ve been drinking at dangerous levels for a number of years? Or maybe have only just recognised that your drinking patterns are unhealthy? It doesn’t really matter! Deciding that you need help, then choosing the right alcohol rehab programme is a vital first step to help you achieve long-term alcohol recovery. Things to consider before you choose an alcohol rehab programme Local rehab or complete change of scenery  Depending on your circumstances you need to decide whether an alcohol rehab programme in your local area is the right choice for you. Many people find there is great benefit in removing themselves from their normal environment when they start their alcohol recovery treatment. Research options both close to home and abroad, before deciding on what type of treatment programme is best for you. …

Cold Turkey or Treatment at Rehab, You Choose

When a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol and wishes to quit they may think about going ‘cold turkey’ instead of checking into a rehab.  This person may believe that they will be okay when suddenly stopping their drug of choice; when the dreadful withdrawal symptoms appear, they will be able to get through them without any help. They may feel like they do not need to sit through a therapy session and be given advice by a professional. This confident mindset is common of those who may believe cold turkey is the best option; however, addiction is tough and breaking free from it is even tougher; therefore, is cold turkey the best decision or is treatment at a rehab a better choice? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of going cold turkey: Discomfort Discomfort During Cold Turkey: The withdrawal symptoms that an addict will likely experience can be so painful that they will start using again. Although each drug withdrawal will vary; many involve several hours, days, or even weeks …