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UNDERSTANDING

Party Drug Dependence

The complete list of party drugs — or club drugs, designer drugs, chemsex drugs, or what you will — is seemingly endless. Becoming dependant on these substances is as much about getting hooked into a destructive lifestyle, as it is about any physical dependence.

Though these drugs may be fun and manageable for some, others may find it dominating their social life or leading to chaotic sexual encounters, isolation, unmanageable comedowns, missing work or upsetting family or partners.

Understanding

PARTY DRUG DEPENDENCE

Toxicologist explains dangers of 'Molly'
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Toxicologist Richard Church has a simple warning for young party-goers who may think the club drug 'Molly', an allegedly pure form of MDMA, is safe. "Don't trust your drug dealer," says Dr Church. Molly is not the Molly they thought it was. It is not pure.

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The Dark, Dangerous World of Chemsex
Best Of The Web

In this piece form Buzzfeed, Patrick Strudwick investigates the hidden world of "chemsex", following the conviction of Stephen Port for the rape, drugging, and murder of four young men.

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MDMA - A greater danger to women than men
Article

The reason behind the difference in MDMA’s biological interactivity for men and women is due to women typically having lower body mass indexes, but not adjusting their dosages appropriately to account for this.

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Wealthy young elite switching to ketamine
Best Of The Web

Investigating this piece for The Mail on Sunday, Laura Topham discovered how ketamine, previously the preserve of hardcore clubbers, has became hugely popular with Britain's young upper classes.

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Mephedrone ~ from legal high to Class B
Article

In making the drug illegal, the government only succeeded in compromising its quality and hiking up its price, making it not only more unaffordable, but more dangerous.

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Ketamine and the threat of global prohibition
Article

Ketamine has been on the club scene for decades, although only quite recently are its debilitating long-term side effects coming to light. But it's also a life saver in developing countries where it serves as a cheap and available anaesthetic.

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PRIVATE 1-2-1 TREATMENT

The Alternative To Rehab

As a high functioning addict, you may not be willing take a month out of work and life for rehab, or reveal all within a 12 step group. While rehab is entirely appropriate in some cases, we provide an alternative approach to help individuals overcome addiction within the context of their everyday lives.

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EVIDENCE BASED

CBT For Addictions

We treat individuals using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which is proven to work for addictions. CBT assumes that learned behaviour and habitual thinking patterns play an important role in the development and persistence of addiction, and changing these patterns can help individuals break their addiction and move forward.

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Logical & Pragmatic

Psychological Formulation

Central to the way we work is the ‘psychological formulation’ – a diagnostic and analytical tool which explores in detail each individual’s situation, and what’s really going on. It reveals the triggers, drivers and contributing factors that led to and sustain the addiction, and helps us understand how to treat it most effectively.

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EFFECTIVE & PROVEN

Relapse Prevention Strategies

There are two effective approaches to relapse prevention, and we employ a combination of the two. The first is a practical, CBT-based approach. The second applies the practice of mindfulness to develop a calm awareness of urges and the ability to experience discomfort without giving in to them.

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