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Lockdown has created a pressure cooker for people in crisis: what to look out for and how to help

The catastrophic impact of a pandemic on addiction

2020 has brought the greatest public health catastrophe of our times and caused a huge spike in stress on our societies and on our fellow human beings.

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Written evidence based report published by Scottish Committee

Medical guidance for treating opioid misuse is heavily skewed towards substitution therapy and often neglects abstinence and evidence-based relapse prevention programs. Scotland has the highest drug-related death rates in Europe, and surely these very vulnerable and deserving people should be offered a range of treatment options which include abstinence and long-acting naltrexone implants.

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Prescription opioids, pain management and addiction

Nearly 24 million opioids, such as codeine, fentanyl and morphine, were prescribed in the England in 2017 – equivalent to a staggering 2,700 packs an hour, as identified by researchers from Universities in Manchester and Nottingham.

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An inspirational book

Man’s Search for Meaning and its author has inspired me from the moment that I was introduced to them. It’s a story of hope and change. When a famous psychologist writes the first-hand account of his survival in Nazi death camps saying that it is not about the disgust and despair seeping out of history’s one of the ugliest incidents, the Holocaust, but of the hope arising from the same atrocity; you are bound to get interested.

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Naltrexone implants – any evidence? do they help?

The BONDS™ Clinic treatment program is very strongly focused on helping clients to stay off substances/alcohol after their detox. However, there is no “one size fits all”. We are all different and a relapse prevention plan needs to be after a comprehensive assessment of all the issues and all the options.

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The importance of sleep

Did you know that the amount of sleep that you get each night and the quality of your sleep habits can play a key role in your body’s ability to recover, your mind’s ability to cope with stress and your brain’s ability to think sharply and be emotionally well?

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The BONDS™ Clinic are proud sponsors of the Heart of Midlothian Women’s football team

Heart of Midlothian Football Club do tremendous work in the community with children as well as adults.

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I will be happy if.

So many conversations in therapy have started with this statement. It’s like their happiness is dependent upon an event happening. The ‘happiness’ cannot happen unless an event occurs. The client is locked in a cage waiting for it to be unlocked; so they can be free.

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Zen pinball wizard

At The BONDS clinic we often encourage our clients to read and reflect. Recovery is all about challenging our thoughts and behaviours and therapy is a good place to start this process. A few months ago during a therapy session a client who had been reading an article on destiny said; “This theory of destiny, we are destined to do what we do? I don’t agree with that. I think we are destined to be where we are and what we do with it is up to us.”

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The power of acceptance

A while ago I did a bit of a ‘deep-dive’ into mindfulness. I’d heard of how it had changed the lives of many people and the effectiveness of it, but I’d never really understood the concept of it.

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Common myths surrounding detox

Over time, I have found that many clients that come to The BONDS Clinic have heard many misconceptions about addiction treatment and dual diagnosis, and these myths often prevent a struggling person from seeking the help that they may need.

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A brief history of Naltrexone

A Note from Our Medical director, Dr Amal Beaini; Founder of The BONDS™ protocol – Beaini Opiate Naltrexone Detoxification System

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