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August Recovery Recap

Regular readers of our Port of Call blog section will be familiar with our monthly Recovery Recap. At the end of each month, we look at some of the big news surrounding addiction in a bid to help people to further understand the impact addiction has on people’s lives.

In this month’s Recovery Recap blog, we cover addiction to drugs, alcohol and gambling as well as a look into some pressing celebrity stories.

Our aim? To use current affairs to help our readers to help remove the stigma of addiction, and the different forms addiction comes in. Thanks for sticking with us.

Shout it from the rooftops: Singers open up on addiction

Former Spice Girl ‘Mel B’ has admitted that she plans to enter rehab to undergo treatment for alcohol and sex addiction after being diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The ‘Wannabe’ star has been working on her new book ‘Brutally Honest’ in which she openly talks about her toxic relationship with film producer Stephen Belafonte.

After the singer revealed that she was ‘drinking to numb my pain’, she has done the best thing for recovery by entering a rehabilitation programme for both of her addictions. Here is hoping she is back to herself before too long.

Fans of pop group The 1975 can look forward to a new album hitting the charts in October. Their third studio album is set to include a track explaining front man Matty Healy’s heroin addiction.

Having spent the back end of 2017 in a Barbados rehab clinic, Cheshire-born Healy using his music to speak about drug addiction treatment can only be seen as a positive.

There is news about popular 2010 X Factor winner Matt Cardle. Not even One Direction could prevent the solo artist from lifting the gong but, with their careers taking different paths, Cardle struggled to cope with the stress.

Also using his new album to discuss his battle with addiction, the 35-year-old openly admits that his alcohol addiction almost killed him. Now in recovery after spending 19 months in rehab, Cardle’s story is further proof that professional rehabilitation care is the best and safest step to sobriety.

Lisa Marie Presley has successfully come out of the other side of addiction after struggling with substance abuse over the last five years. Now 50, the daughter of Elvis admits that her drug addiction treatment saved her ahead of her latest album release.

Over two years since his death, the family of musician Prince is suing his doctor after alleging that he failed to properly treat the singer for an opioid addiction.

The ‘Purple Rain’ singer died from an accidental overdose of the painkiller fentanyl, with prosecutors stating that no criminal charges would be brought over his passing.

Alcohol addiction stories in the news

Here’s hoping that three is the magic number as Hollywood actor Ben Affleck checks into rehab for the third time. The Oscar-winning star is believed to have checked himself into a treatment facility after his ex-wife Jennifer Garner staged an intervention to urge him to seek help.

The Batman lead revealed that he had ‘completed treatment for alcohol addiction’ back in 2017 but appears to have struggled to remain in recovery.

The 46-year-old stated: “I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it.” We couldn’t agree more. We applaud Affleck’s open approach and wish him all the best in his rehabilitation.

Football commentator Adrian Chiles has a new film hitting the BBC named ‘Drinkers Like Me’. In a twist on the usual programmes surrounding excessive drinking, this title investigates the UK’s relationship with alcohol as a whole.

Chiles doesn’t see himself as an alcoholic but regularly consumes more than the recommended amount. It sounds like an interesting and insightful watch, and one that we will certainly be watching. If you are wondering if your drinking is reaching dangerous levels, take our online quiz to see if you may need to seek help.

Drug addiction treatment

Some US pharmaceutical companies have been administering ketamine to treat depression. However, the drug appears to act like an opioid, and may carry similar risks.

In essence, for ketamine treatment to work in depression patients, it has to activate the body’s opioid system. We will be sure to check back in on this topic in next month’s Recovery Recap.

A Suffolk businessman and a recovering alcoholic and drug addict have launched an initiative ­­aimed at those who suffer from addiction.

Their joint-venture also hopes to rid the streets of the level of drugs available to addicts. We’re big supporters of such initiatives and hope to see more in the future.

Additionally, a beauty pageant contestant left viewers in tears when she performed a song in memory of her late father. 24-year-old Shauna Ray Lacey also revealed her struggles of growing up with two parents addicted to heroin.

The first mother to make it to the finals of the Rose of Tralee speaks candidly about her relationship with her own mother in an inspiring read and a fantastic performance.

Gambling addiction signs and symptoms discussed

It’s widely known that problem gambling is a very destructive habit that can devastate individuals, families and businesses.

Footballer Jamie Tomelty is refreshingly open about his addiction to gambling which he says ruined his career. Plying his trade in the Irish League, the 34-year-old told how he lost around £100,000 through excessive gambling.

He states how it was FOBTs (Fixed Odds Betting Terminals) that were his biggest weakness. With the ability to stake £100 every 15 seconds, punters could lose £400 in a minute.

If you can relate to Tomelty’s story, take a look at our page dedicated to gambling addiction signs and symptoms.

As ever, we hope that our Recovery Recap blog goes some way to lifting the stigma surrounding addiction. Please always keep in mind that you are not alone. Help is available; with Port of Call’s guidance, you can reach sobriety.

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