Alcohol & Anxiety

The effects of alcohol on anxiety. In this following post, I explore the way that alcohol and anxiety interact when combined. Limited alcohol use is often considered acceptable in many situations. The occasional night cap to unwind, or the couple of celebratory drinks during a social gathering, are usually not problematic and may even be … Continue reading Alcohol & Anxiety

Cannabis and Anxiety

    Cannabis (also known as marijuana, weed, pot, dope or grass) is the most widely used illegal drug in the UK. The effects of cannabis vary from person to person: you may feel chilled out, relaxed and happy some people get the giggles or become more talkative hunger pangs ("the munchies") are common colours may look more intense … Continue reading Cannabis and Anxiety

Students and Mental Health!

It’s often described as the best time of one's life, but for many students the reality is very different.   Mental health problems are as common among students as they are in the general population. But it's not just students who have a diagnosed mental health condition that can benefit from counselling.  A lot of the difficulties that … Continue reading Students and Mental Health!

Self Esteem

In today’s world we may feel pressurised to achieve our best; to look a certain way; to own certain material things; to be in a relationship; to have a high-powered job; to have a great social life; to have lots of friends etc etc. When we don’t achieve these then our self-esteem can plummet. Our … Continue reading Self Esteem

New Year’s Resolutions

A New Year = A New You? We are now a week into 2017 and how many of us made New Year Resolutions that we are struggling to keep? A New Year’s resolution is a promise we make for the New Year and the goal is to improve our lives in the year ahead. Resolutions … Continue reading New Year’s Resolutions

Relapse Prevention

I facilitate a weekly Alcohol Awareness Programme and the final session is based on relapse prevention. The first question I am normally asked is “what is the difference between a lapse and a relapse?”  I don’t think there is a definitive answer to this but I always say that if someone decides to drink again … Continue reading Relapse Prevention

One Day at a Time!

The world today places many pressures on all of us to succeed and to be the best we can.  Sometimes this can be overwhelming and cause some of us to have feelings of anxiety and low self-esteem. Here are some excerpts from a book published by Hazelden (1975 - USA) called Twenty-Four Hours a Day. … Continue reading One Day at a Time!

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