In the second article in our series of Recovery Recap blogs, we look at some of the stories surrounding addiction, relapse and recovery that have been in the news recently.
From celebrity recovery stories, support in the sporting world and breaking addiction news, Port of Call hope to help readers to better understand what is an increasingly important subject.
Drug Addiction in the News
Channel 5 aired an hour long show on Britain’s Cocaine Epidemic. The hard-hitting documentary gave an insight into the lives of cocaine suppliers and how some students are using their provided loans to acquire the dangerous drug. This is a very real issue sweeping the nation with adolescents, business owners, professionals and sports stars just a handful of groups known to be abusing cocaine. Take a read of our cocaine addiction help page and get in touch on 08000029010 to discuss what we can do to support you or your loved ones.
Often mistaken as a harmless drug, marijuana was also in the news last month as it was revealed that cannabis is responsible for 91% of drug addiction cases involving teenagers. According to academic research, ‘skunk’ is having a serious detrimental impact on the mental health of young people. Port of Call have detailed the signs and symptoms of cannabis addiction as well as discussing the effects of this misunderstood drug, which is often a gateway drug to more hard-core opioids.
In more positive news, April saw the government announce £6m of funding to help children with alcoholic parents receive support and advice. An estimated 200,000 children in England live with alcohol-dependent parents, with the NSPCC reporting a 30% increase in calls to its helpline regarding this issue over the past year.
Recovery Recap: Sport
Former World Heavyweight Champion Tyson Fury announced his long-anticipated return to the ring after over two years away from boxing. He opened up on his battle with depression and drugs in an interview on Good Morning Britain as well as planning his route back to the top of the sport. From admitting that he considered taking his own life, Fury’s ongoing recovery serves to inspire his army of fans and the watching world.
In Rugby League, former Castleford and England star Zak Hardaker received a 14-month drugs suspension after testing positive for cocaine. It is always positive to see sporting authorities stand their ground on such issues and make a difficult decision to ban one of their stars.
Former Everton footballer George Green used his interview with ITV to warn young people of the dangers of drug abuse. After signing for the Premier League club on lucrative terms back in 2011, Green turned to drugs and quickly sank into a state of depression. Now rebuilding his life and career, we think it is wonderful to see another public figure using their position in the public eye to warn others off taking the same path.
Drug and alcohol addiction are very often illnesses more associated with high-profile sport stars, but former Premier League footballer Kyle Lafferty has opened up about his gambling problem.
Now plying his trade for Scottish Premier League club Hearts, the 30-year-old has thanked his current club and his wife in helping him fight his addiction. Lafferty is expecting his first child and has gone eight months without placing a bet. We are only too aware of the negative impact a gambling addiction can have here at Port of Call, be it emotionally or financially. Drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and find out how we can help you.
Recovery Recap: Music
We’d like to offer our congratulations to rap star Eminem on celebrating ten years of sobriety. The ‘Lose Yourself’ artist took to social media to announce the milestone with the caption “celebrated my 10 years yesterday”.
Proudly sporting his sobriety coin – rewarded to Alcoholics Anonymous and other 12 step programme users after key points in recovery – Eminem has now been sober since 2008 following years of prescription drug addiction. Hundreds of well-wishers offered their support and encouragement to Mr Mathers and his hard-earned sobriety. That same week, another internationally renowned rapper, Kanye West, revealed that he too suffered from opioid addiction. It was this addiction that led to his highly publicised breakdown and hospitalisation.
Despite being prescribed by a doctor and available at a pharmacy, prescription drugs can be just as addictive as illegal substances. Take a read of Port of Call’s article on prescription drug addiction help to learn more about just how dangerous many over the counter drugs can be.
Earlier in the month, Mariah Carey bravely revealed that she suffers from bipolar disorder. After years of denial, the singer turned actor has now accepted her condition after originally being diagnosed in 2001.
Now taking medication, the ‘We Belong Together’ star claims to be in a “really good place”.
Sadly, it was reported that the internationally renowned DJ Tim Bergling, aka Avicii, took his own life after years of struggling with a crippling alcohol problem that caused serious health issues for the 28-year-old Swedish artist.
These stories of triumph and loss reiterate one of our most important stances – it is always better to talk than to keep your emotions bottled up.
If you know of a success story that you would like us to feature in our next Recovery Recap addition, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We’d love to hear from you.