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July 2018 Recovery Recap

Port of Call provides our blog readers with monthly updates on recovery stories and addiction news. The June edition of our Recovery Recap, like the others before it, is shared to lift the stigma surrounding addiction and to help inspire anyone who needs help.

Following on from our addiction and recovery news recap from May, this latest blog covers some of the most important issues surrounding addiction and treatment.

Online Gaming and Fortnite Addiction Stories

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) listing video game addiction as a mental health condition, the subject became a hot topic in the news. Some were for it, others were against it. One thing is for certain, there wasn’t a shortage of people coming out with their own experiences – be it a story of a child, friend or their own.

If online gaming wasn’t enough, the game Fortnite, was all over the news in multiple articles surrounding video game addiction. For those who aren’t aware, Fortnite is an online game that sees players frantically fight for survival. Providing they ‘stay alive’ for its entirety, games last 20 minutes.

Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield met with Kendal Palmer, mother to the first child to be diagnosed with Fortnite addiction, and the symptoms of such an addiction are concerning.

She claimed that her son had gone from captain of the school cricket team to social recluse who lashes out when not allowed to play his favourite game.

With some parents comparing their children’s dependency on Fortnite to that of a drug, Culture Secretary Matt Hancock advised that “children should enjoy video games safely and as part of a lifestyle that includes exercise and socialising in the real world”.

Additionally, the NHS have revealed plans to launch a new Internet addiction centre for those struggling with gaming disorders.

Recoveries in Sport

With the hopes of a nation resting on the shoulders of our Three Lions squad, the pressure on Gareth Southgate’s men is huge. For one player, the opportunity to represent his country in Russia acted as salvation from a personal battle with depression.

Danny Rose may look like a young man who has it all. Competing on the biggest stage in football and being paid thousands each week to represent Spurs, what troubles could he possibly have? In an admirable interview with the Independent, Rose opened up on his uncle’s suicide, his mother suffering racial abuse and his brother being shot at in their family home.

As we know, depression doesn’t discriminate. A young millionaire can be diagnosed in the same way that a struggling ‘average’ citizen can. If you or someone you know has mental health conditions that has led to substance abuse, get in touch with our team of knowledgeable professionals on 08000029010.

Such has been the increase in sport stars and their willingness to discuss their battles with mental health, there are more and more recovery success stories being shared. James Roberts is an Australian rugby league player representing Brisbane Broncos and New South Wales. Battling depression, anxiety and substance abuse, Roberts feared he would never play again. His recovery is truly inspiring and we would recommend anyone to read it.

A couple of weeks ago, we tweeted the story of a South African long jump world champion who used the power of sport to help him fight back from drug addiction.

Luvo Manyonga tested positive for methamphetamine back in 2012 and sunk into a spiral of addiction before returning to the sport four years later and claiming world gold and Olympic silver.

With the list of drugs that individuals can become addicted to extensive, the help available is of paramount importance. Educate yourself on what happens at drug rehab here.

Demi Lovato Opens Up On battle With Alcoholism

We’ve often praised celebrities for sharing their struggles with addiction and were very vocal with our admiration for Demi Lovato last month. The ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ singer had been sober for four months before releasing her latest single. Titled ‘Sober’, Lovato sings lyrics addressing the trials of getting clean from drugs and alcohol but goes on to suggest a recent relapse. Accompanying the track with a tweet that simply said, “My Truth”, the 25-year-old embraces her position in the public eye and it is refreshing to see celebs speak out about the realities of addiction.

Our thoughts go out to those connected to Anthony Bourdain, the much-celebrated TV chef was found dead in an apparent suicide earlier on June 8th.

Before finding success, the award-winning TV star and author found himself locked in a struggle with drug addiction. Prior to tragically taking his own life, Bourdain admitted that he should have died in his 20s given his heroin addiction. He is proof that it is always better to talk than to keep your troubles locked away.

Opioid Addiction News

Embattled president Donald Trump is launching a multimillion dollar ad campaign to combat opioid addiction in a move that can only be seen as a positive.

The awareness campaign, aimed at young people, has become one of the President’s top priorities since taking office.

On the same subject, Netflix have announced a new documentary called Recovery Boys that centres around four men in various stages of their recovery from opioid abuse.

It is an issue here in the UK as well as in the US and Port of Call have a team to get help for those with opioid addiction.

Addictions that can be treated include co codamol and alcohol, cocaine, cannabis, prescription drugs, gambling and more. Drop us a message on to discuss your treatment options, it could be the most important email you ever send.

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