Impact of the Pandemic on Addiction

The COVID-19 pandemic created unprecedented struggles for countries around the world. The impact rippled through every aspect of society, including mental health and addiction. At New Leaf Recovery, we’ve witnessed first-hand the profound effects the pandemic has had on individuals battling addiction. From increased substance abuse to a surge in behavioural addictions, the toll has…

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Beyond Like & Follows: The Impact of Mobile Phones on Mental Health

Mobile phones have become one of the most common features of everyday life as the world has continued to step into a digital era, but the impact that they can have on mental health is a rising concern across the UK. Although there can be some positive elements to technology and having a phone, there…

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Is Social Media Addiction Real?

Over the last decade, the use of social media has risen at an exponential rate. Along with the huge increase in usage comes a worry about people developing a social media addiction.  Social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, X (formally Twitter), and TikTok have become an integral part of our daily lives. It’s hard to…

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Understanding & Overcoming Catastrophising Thoughts

Strategies for a Positive Mindset Do you often find yourself spiralling into excessive worry and envisioning worst-case scenarios for even minor issues? If so, you might be engaging in a behaviour known as catastrophising. In our daily lives, it’s not uncommon for our thoughts to occasionally wander into a realm of exaggerated concerns. However, when…

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The Benefits of Journalling in Addiction Recovery

Addiction recovery is a journey filled with challenges, triumphs, and self-discovery. While professional treatment and support are integral to this process, there’s an often-overlooked tool that can significantly enhance the healing journey: journalling. The act of putting pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, offers a therapeutic outlet that complements traditional recovery methods. In this…

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Tom Holland’s Journey to Sobriety

A Story of Self-Discovery and Healing In a candid revelation, Tom Holland, the beloved Spider-Man superstar, recently shared his deeply personal journey towards sobriety. The 27-year-old actor sat down for an intimate conversation on the podcast “On Purpose with Jay Shetty,” where he shed light on his past struggles with alcohol and his courageous decision…

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World Suicide Prevention Day

The Power of Compassionate Conversations in Addiction Recovery At New Leaf Recovery, we provide a safe space for individuals on their journey to addiction recovery. On this World Suicide Prevention Day, we are reminded of the profound importance of the language we use when discussing sensitive topics like suicide, especially within the context of addiction…

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National Recovery Month 2023

What Is National Recovery Month 2023? In September 2023, we’ll be celebrating National Recovery Month for the 34th time. It’s an annual event where we dedicate the month to raising awareness for people in the recovery journey of their mental health and substance use struggles. National Recovery Month was started in 1989, by the Substance…

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The Impact of the War in Ukraine on Addiction

The war in Ukraine has had a devastating impact on the country, and the effects are being felt around the world. For people struggling with addiction, the war has created additional challenges, such as displacement, financial hardship, and mental health problems, which can make it difficult to maintain addiction recovery. Displacement Millions of people have…

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Luke Ashton’s Story: UK Gambling Addiction Crisis

NHS England Chief Executive, Amanda Pritchard, has issued a warning about the alarming rise in gambling addiction cases and the concerning impact of gambling advertisements on children and adults. To address the growing demand for help, the NHS is increasing its support for individuals struggling with gambling problems. In addition, the NHS plans to establish…

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