Regular readers of the Port of Call blog will be aware of our Recovery Recaps, with May the third instalment as we continue to try and lift the stigma surrounding addiction.
There is plenty to look back on from this last month, with alcohol and drug addiction making the news in the UK and overseas. We have taken to social media to commend celebrities for opening up on addiction in the media and also discussed some addictions that perhaps don’t receive the attention that they should.
First and foremost, May was a hugely important week for a campaign very close to our hearts. Where better to start than…
Mental Health Awareness Week
Running from 14th to 20th May, Mental Health Awareness Week presented an ideal opportunity for the nation to address an ongoing issue. At Port of Call, we published our own blog on coping with stress at work and discussed how employers can support their workers.
The footballing world appears to have made a conscious effort to address mental health in recent times and is helped when the likes of Paul Merson and Leon McKenzie use their social standing to educate others on the life of an addict. Merson, a former Arsenal and England star, struggled with alcohol, drugs and gambling during and after his playing career but has reinvented himself as a respected Sky Sports pundit. In this revealing article on how he has turned his life around, Merson and former PFA chairman Clarke Carlisle explain how we can spot the early signs on mental health issues in those around us.
In heart-breaking news, Frightened Rabbit lead singer Scott Hutchison was pronounced dead after being reported as missing just days earlier. From their official Twitter account, the band pleaded “Don’t ever think there isn’t someone out there who wants to listen to what you have to say. #MentalHealthAwarenessWeek”.
Recovery Recap: In the UK
It has been great to see Russell Brand’s ‘Recovery’ book so well advertised on billboards as well as online. His latest release focuses on this current age of addiction and offers help on how to rid yourself of addiction.
Another woman in the public eye, Kerry Katona, was present to officially unveil a new rehab facility for those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. The former Atomic Kitten star proudly showcased the 31-bedroom mansion in Gloucester earlier this month with patients receiving 24/7 care and a full clinical assessment.
X-Factor winner Matt Cardle opened up about his own drug and alcohol addiction since winning the TV talent show back in 2010. Dropped from Simon Cowell’s label just 18 months after being crowned the winner, Cardle turned to substance abuse and admits to “hitting rock bottom”.
He insists that his vices are under control and has just released his fourth studio album.
Recovery Recap: In the States
There was a certain irony in Kanye West pleading with his fans to cut down on their phone usage. The ‘All Falls Down’ singer urged his Twitter followers to “look at your phone as a tool not an obligation” before tweeting “there was a time when we completely operated without phones. We’re addicted to our phones”.
Ironic, that West likely used his phone to send these tweets and the people reading them were likely on a mobile? Yes, absolutely.
That said, smartphone addiction is a serious matter. In fact, a Birmingham University study found that young people want restrictions put in place on phones and tablet apps to stop users spending too much time on them. Take our quiz to see if you are addicted to your smartphone.
Sticking with the rap industry, Meek Mill spoke candidly earlier this month about his history with opioid addiction while on probation. He went onto thank his probation officer who sent him to rehab claiming, “it changed my life”.
A new documentary surrounding Whitney Houston’s struggle with drug addiction is to be released this summer. Highlighting the highs and lows in the late singer’s life, ‘Whitney’ covers her struggles through the eyes of her family and friends.
Sex Addiction Addressed
Men’s Health dedicated an entire article to sexual addiction with tips on how to spot the signs. With 3-6% of the population suffering from sexual addiction, 80% of those being men, it is an issue that deserves our attention.
Similarly, The Independent published an article on what it’s like to be a woman with a sex addiction and the most common misconceptions. Erica Garza is a recovering sex addict and, now happily married, she took to this publication to dispel a few myths surrounding women and sexual addiction.
With increasing internet speeds, online pornography has never been so easy to access. So much so, that the number of people seeking treatment for porn addiction has rocketed. LadBible’s recent article campaigns for porn addiction to be listed as a mental disorder.
If you can relate to any of the above and wish to discuss any possible treatment options, please don’t hesitate to contact Port of Call on 08000029010.