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April 2018 Recovery Recap

There’s been some highlights and lowlights over the past several weeks, with news about addiction, relapse and recovery receiving national attention. Port of Call presents our first in a series of articles that revisits those stories, in the hopes that we remove the stigma of addiction in today’s society.

April is Stress Awareness Month in the UK, encouraging people to cope with stress levels. The inability to manage stress can often lead to a dangerous cycle of self-medicating through a number of vices including alcohol, drugs, gambling or sexual addictions. If you are struggling to deal with mounting stress levels and are worried your coping mechanisms are turning into an addiction, our team of advisors have been there and can offer assistance. No judgements, just help.

FavorUK released ‘The UK Recovery Declaration of Rights’ via a social media post, a statement encouraging addicts, family, friends and concerned citizens to galvanise elected officials to promote the rights of those recovering from addiction to alcohol and other drugs. We fully support FavorUK and the roster of corporations and individuals who are backing this effort. If you want to help, you can find the link here.

The BBC featured a piece this month on the growing concern about childhood obesity, and how Amsterdam’s government is tackling the issue with a massive awareness campaign and policy-backed initiatives to promote healthier living in kids. Often, repressed mental issues can manifest themselves in abusive behaviour towards eating in the form of food addiction or anorexia/bulimia. The Port of Call team know an unhealthy relationship with food often begins at a young age, and we encourage families to seek help if their children display signs of an eating disorder.

Victoria Derbyshire featured a segment on the struggles of addiction and alcoholism among though UK’s Punjabi community. Port of Call encourages the media to present stories of addiction and recovery in the different ethnicities and religions in our county. You are not alone, there is help.

American pop-sensation Demi Lovato shared her inspiring story of being sober for six years in an interview with SiriusXM radio. Her story of addiction started at a very young age, which is a reminder that abuse of drugs and alcohol is taking place with children in their early teen years. If you think your child may have a problem, get in touch with our team today to explore options for help.

Relapse is an ever-present danger in the lives of addicts, but it is often part of the process for a life free from the shackles of reliance upon drugs, alcohol or gambling. Recently, Paul Gasciogne appeared on Loose Women to discuss his relapse after the death of his father. The big relapse news centred around the now infamous arrest of beloved Ant McPartlin for drink-drive charges. It is important to show support for addicts in times of crisis like a relapse, and we wish both Paul and Ant the very best in their ongoing efforts to stay sober.

In other celebrity addiction news, Davina McCall opened up about her addictions. One of the most popular television hostesses of all time, people were shocked to learn that Davina struggled with drug and alcohol addiction as a young adult. It’s an inspiring story of courage and honesty, and helps to overcome the stigma that addiction means you will never succeed in life.

Do you have a story you would like us to feature? Get in touch with the Port of Call team to help spread the good word that a life free from addiction is possible. We’ll be sharing more addiction news in the next issue of Recovery Recap.

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