What are recreational drugs? Recreational drug use is the term used to describe casual drug use, typically taken during socialising but can be done alone. It is estimated that 1 in 11 adults that are aged between 16 – 59 have taken drugs in the past year. However recreational drug use is much more common…

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Is social media addiction real? With June 30th approaching us as national social media day, an addiction often brushed off and ignored is social media addiction. What is a social media addiction? A social media addiction is a behavioural addiction that is defined as having an uncontrollable urge to check, log in or use social…

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June 11th is national ‘making life beautiful day’. Here at New Leaf, we want to help you make life beautiful again. Reaching out Seeking help for any type of addiction is a huge step forward that is not easy for most people, its often considered to be one the most challenging parts of your journey.…

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What is a relapse? A relapse is when an individual returns to a drug (illegal, legal or prescription) after not abusing it for a long period of time. It can be part of the process for an individual striving for long-term sobriety. Even though an individual will want to keep fighting for long-term sobriety, triggers…

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  Now that the pubs are gradually starting to re-open for outdoor seating, there’s a sense of normality returning to our world. Whilst that’s exciting and happy news for a lot of people, we understand for some, it might cause concerns and worry about how it could affect their alcohol addiction or previous addiction. If you are currently…

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Alcoholism and depression commonly go hand in hand; when an individual has one it is easy to then fall into the other. During lockdown depression symptoms are three times higher than before, and in turn alcohol abuse has increased. With people isolating and not seeing friends or family, many people have lost touch with the…

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If you are living with someone who refuses to acknowledge their unhealthy relationship with alcohol, it can be incredibly draining and often, you’ll come stuck on what to do or where to turn to. However, New Leaf Recovery offers advice on the practical things you can do to make your situation easier. There are many…

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If you have set yourself up for the challenge ‘dry January’, reading this, you will be 12 days or more into successfully completing the challenge. After two weeks of being alcohol free, there are many changes that you will start to notice within your mind and body. These include: Weight loss Consistently drinking alcohol adds…

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During the run up to Christmas, there are parties thrown by family members and friends, giving many of us an excuse to drink alcohol. However, you can still attend these events without excessive amounts of drinking, or even consuming alcohol at all. Our preparation steps and advice will help you find ways to reduce drinking…

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As it approaches the end of 2020, coronavirus is still affecting many people’s lives and the lives of those around them. The number of positive cases started to decline after the first lockdown then, out of nowhere, that little bit of hope passed. The continuing cycle leaves individuals uncertain of when everything will return to…

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