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Manipulation & Addiction - Identifying and Avoiding Manipulation

Manipulation comes in many forms and is used by all kinds of people for many reasons. Emotional manipulation in particular is a strong point in people who have some form of addiction.

When dealing with an addict’s manipulative behaviour, it is important to bear in mind that addiction causes people to act outside of reason and logic.

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The Benefits of Exercise in our Addiction Recovery Programme

Physical activity and substance abuse do not mix well together. In fact, most of the time, they can only exist individually. There are numerous addiction recovery activities that one can undertake as part of their journey, but the benefits of exercise in recovery are particularly extensive.

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Setting goals & working towards them using the SMART goal approach

The dictionary defines a goal as “the object of a person’s ambition or efforts; an aim or desired result.” Considering this definition, it becomes apparent that goals form a vital role in our lives when it comes to our progress, drive and purpose.

Having goals gives us something substantial to focus on. It gives our lives greater purpose and meaning which is something that is strongly desired by most human beings.

To have a goal is to have a challenge and to have a challenge brings excitement and joy. It also helps us channel our energy towards something positive and advantageous.

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Rehab Centre speaks out about Peer Pressure amongst adults

It is widely believed that peer pressure amongst friends is only experienced during adolescence. However, it is very much present amongst adults.

Those who were susceptible to peer pressure during and towards the end of their teenage years are more likely to fall victim to the very subtle pressure from their peers in adulthood.

It is important to know that there is negative peer pressure as well as positive peer pressure.

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Sugar and Spice - Our Rehabilitation Centre discusses Synthetic Marijuana

If you have not already heard of the drug called “Spice” you can count yourself lucky as it may very easily go down in history as one of the most terrifying drugs ever made.

This laboratory manufactured chemical was accidentally discovered while looking for a different method to produce anti-inflammatory medication.

The approach used was to synthesize the compounds found in the Cannabis Plant called Cannabinoids which were designed to attach to many receptors in the body; mainly those found in different parts of the brain.

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Regaining Trust in a Relationship after Drug Addiction

Regaining trust in a relationship after drug or alcohol rehabilitation treatment demands work and effort from both sides.

With hard work from both you and your partner it is possible to repair your relationship. However, it means patience on your part, and an open mind and zero resentment from your loved one.

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Reaction vs Response - Understanding Emotional Triggers

Do you react or do you respond? For the most of us, we react.

We react with anger, sadness or anxiety. This normally results in us losing control of our emotions and inevitably the situation we find ourselves in.

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Inhalants - Dangers, Abuse Statistics and Addiction

In 2002 the Medical Research Council (MRC) in South Africa reported in a national study that roughly 11 percent of all South African Children in grades 8 to 11 had used inhalants at least once.

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It’s time to talk about Codeine Addiction – SA’s silent dependence

Codeine is a moderately strong opiate drug that is used to manage physical pain as a result of conditions such as arthritis, migraines and severe headaches or to relieve pain after surgeries.

When codeine is broken down by the body it turns into morphine which is a much stronger painkiller from the opioid family and is used in the manufacture of heroin.

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Is Weed Legal in South Africa now? What you need to know about Cannabis

The legalisation of the private use of Marijuana in South Africa has of late been a controversial topic. With substantial arguments supporting both the legalisation and the criminalisation of cannabis– what are we to believe?

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