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The Alcohol Ban is Over – What Can We Expect?

Knowing how to navigate your way around the sudden availability of alcohol may prove to be challenging after weeks of prohibition.

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Smoking, Addiction and Mental Illness – Why You Should Stop Smoking

Although lockdown regulations have eased substantially, the sale of tobacco products is still prohibited. What does this mean for those who are addicted to cigarettes and other tobacco products in terms of mental and physical health?

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The Effects of the Lockdown on AA Meetings and Addiction Recovery

One of the most crucial, ongoing aspects of recovery is attending AA meetings and NA meetings. This forms part of the very important substance abuse aftercare programs.

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COVID-19 and the Effects of Alcohol on the Immune System

In light of the nationwide alcohol ban that South African president put into place at the start of the lockdown, many people have started wondering what are the effects of alcohol on the body that a total prohibition was necessary?

Although the president recently announced a potential shift into level three of lockdown in South Africa, many health experts are hoping that the sale of alcohol does not commence just yet.

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Dealing with Drug Addiction During Lockdown

Regardless of the circumstances, drug addiction recovery can be a challenging road to walk that comes with immeasurable reward.

However, the current lockdown in South Africa has placed added pressure on those with drug addiction as well as those who are in recovery.

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Dealing with Alcohol Addiction During Lockdown in South Africa

The South African government has placed a nationwide ban on the sale of alcohol during the lockdown period, but how does this affect those with alcohol addiction during lockdown?

According to the World Health Organisation, South Africa has the fifth highest rate of alcohol consumption in the world.

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Inpatient and Outpatient Rehabilitation Options for Substance Abuse

There are typically two rehabilitation options for substance abuse, namely inpatient and outpatient treatment.

Although both options are fundamentally focused on rehabilitation, each treatment option is designed to offer different types of support, for different levels of addiction.

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Setting Goals in Addiction Recovery Using the S.M.A.R.T Method

Setting goals during addiction recovery is a key component of successful recovery as it helps us gain a clear vision of where we would like to see ourselves in the future.

Having goals can help us dedicate our time and efforts to focussing on recovery and finding harmony in a life of sobriety.

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Life After Rehab – How to Support Your Loved One in Recovery

There are many individuals who wonder what life after rehab will be like for their loved ones. The question is often “how can I support my loved one who is in recovery?”

Because living with someone who has undergone rehabilitation can be a very sensitive dynamic, it’s important for us to understand what we can do to support the recovering individual's process as much as we can.

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Surviving Your First Sober Holiday This Festive Season

As the festive season approaches, you may find yourself face to face with your first sober holiday, which can feel a little daunting.

You have worked hard throughout your recovery this year and now you will be spending Christmas in recovery followed by the start of a new year.

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