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Articles by Sober Services offering insight into addiction, intervention, sobriety, recovery, rehab, therapies, support services and more.

Sober Body Guide
August 19, 2020

Denial, Deceit and Deflection of Addictive illness.

The first thing we naturally do when we see a loved one with a problem like an emerging addiction, is we will try to talk to them about it. But unfortunately, anyone with addictive illness is going to be resistant to your attempts to eng...

February 20, 2019

Is there really no substitute for abstinence?

The question of how best to deal with drug addiction is much debated among professionals. Here former addict Ian Young argues the only way to stop taking drugs is to stop taking drugs, while Yasmin Batliwala of the Westminster Drug Proje...

Drugs map of Britain
July 19, 2018

Drug Death Rise Taking Its Toll On Scotland

Scotland's latest statistics for drug related deaths have been released and seen yet another increase on the previous year. Scotland has recorded its highest number of drug death poisonings since records began in 1996. There current stat...

Treatment Advisory Service
June 28, 2018

Treatment Advisory Service

For anyone seeking private alcohol or drug treatment, also known as rehabilitation, or rehab for short, Sober Services can assist you in accessing the very best options available to you based upon your budget from around the world, inclu...

June 28, 2018

What is a Sober Companion

Sober Services provide specialist recovery support and addiction treatment services, including Sober Companions, Recovery Coaches, Sober Guardians, Sober Coaches, Sober Transporters and Sober Bodyguards / Guides (they have many names, th...

Sober Intervention
June 25, 2018


Do you have a family member or loved one that you feel would benefit from an experience in a rehab for their alcoholism but refuses to stop drinking? Or perhaps they have a drug abuse problem or even a drug addiction and are refusing to ...

7 Essential things to look for in a Sober Companion
June 13, 2017

What to look for in a Sober Companion

When we meet with families and concerned parties, one of the questions we ask is “What would be your very best possible outcome for your loved one or colleague?”...

7 Proven Steps to Permanent Happy & Health Addiction
May 22, 2016

7 Proven Steps to Permanent Happy & Healthy Addiction

1) Positive Rewards and Negative Consequences 2) Frequent Random Drug Tests 3) Abstinence based therapeutic Programmes 4) Recovery based Role Models, Recovery Sponsors (Mentors), Sober Coaches (AKA Recovery Coaches) and a safe...

Sober Intervention & the 3 Core Components
May 18, 2016

Sober Intervention & the 3 Core Components

The planned process of confrontation by people who are important to the addict. Its purpose is to allow the addict to see the destructive nature of their addiction on the people they love. The result of a Sober Intervention? Right there,...

Helping an Addict with Tough love
May 16, 2016

How to give tough love to a drug addict

The sooner you realise that it’s never going to go back to the way it was, the sooner you can move forwards. Understand that your loved one will always remain active in their addiction while you continue to permit them to have it. Ther...

Codependency and being and enabler
May 14, 2016

Codependency and being an enabler

Codependence – a person is “addicted to the addict”; they assume responsibility for meeting the addict’s need and neglect their own Enablers – people who knowingly or unknowingly protect addicts from the natural consequences of their...

Angry addict or please addict
May 12, 2016

Angry addict or pleased addict

If the Addict is pleased with the help you’ve given them, you’re probably enabling them. If the Addict becomes angry, agitated or restless with the help you’re giving them, then you’re probably helping them beyond how you can ever imagine....

I can't stop cutting myself
May 10, 2016

“I can’t stop cutting myself “

Someone once told me that when you start cutting, you can’t stop. I didn’t believe them. I recently started cutting and now I can’t stop. I love the feeling of it. I love the blade against my skin And you know what? I don’t care if it...

Examples of controlling an addict and their addiction
May 8, 2016

Examples of controlling an addict and their addiction

1.Silent Treatment 2.Lying 3.Making Threats 4.Accommodating their demands 5.Cancelling plans 6.Assuming responsibility 7.Pretending 8.Lecturing 9.Avoiding 10.Relocating 11.Hiding or destroying or dumping (alcohol / drugs /...

Spotting Addiction
May 6, 2016

Spotting addiction

If there is even a small concern, then in most cases there is a problem, that given time will only develop and become a bigger problem. There could be many hidden addictions and there’s rarely no smoke without fire, no matter what stor...

Helping Families
May 4, 2016

How addiction affects families

Addictions affect everybody from any class, culture, race, religion, gender, sexual preferences, etc It happens to so many families, that 20% – 1 in 5, of British families have some sort of concern, which they normally hide because of fe...

Addiction = Selfishness
April 30, 2016

Addiction = Selfishness

Therefore a full lifestyle change including an adoption of a Spiritual lifestyle (thinking of others rather than remaining selfish and self centred) is required for success. The continuation of remaining vigilant and being aware of peopl...

Addiction and addictive disease
April 28, 2016

What is addictive disease

Someone with an Addiction can be cured permanently given sufficient motivation and encouragement through coaching and / or other external pressures and influences. Someone with Addictive Disease will never stop their addictive patterns, ...

Solutions for addictions
April 26, 2016

What are the solutions of addiction

Addictions come in various guises; and so may the solutions for an individual. First of all we need to assess them to discover if they have: 1) An Addiction e.g. smoking / drinking or other bad habit 2) Addictive Disease e.g. this person...

Obama Gupta RX Summit
March 30, 2016

The only way to stop using drugs is to stop using drugs.

I’m prompted to respond to the news yesterday of President Obama’s visit to Atlanta to discuss drug policy, specifically heroin addiction and alternate prescribing such as methadone and suboxone. Obama: Addiction is a preventable disease...

January 5, 2015

Dry January – 7 ways to be a successful “DryAthlete”:

I’ve noticed a good many of my friends posting on Facebook and Tweeting about how they are attempting to remain Sober throughout January and then I saw that Cancer Research UK have launched a publicity drive for themselves and in an eff...

October 24, 2014

6 ways to convince an Alcoholic / Addict to accept help

Over my professional career as an Addiction Consultant, I’ve talked with thousands of family members about their loved one, who more often than not doesn’t have the same desire to change their drinking or drugging habits as the rest ...

September 23, 2014

12 Step Meetings – uncovered

There are few places in the world where you’ll find more honesty, vulnerability, courage, and mutual support than in a 12-Step Fellowship Group meeting. The 12 Step meetings are an extremely important resource of someone’s recovery for...

Happy Recovery
September 18, 2014

Go Sober for October

Macmillan Cancer Support have launched a social project that is currently doing the rounds called “Go Sober For October”. As someone who’s life has been significantly affected by Cancer within my close and extended family, and as an e...

Sober Intervention
September 11, 2014

Early Recovery Suggestions

I've been speaking to a good number of clients recently who've been struggling with some of the aspects of their own expectations in early recovery, so I’ve compiled this list of goals and reminders for people with addictive disease ...

August 22, 2014

10 Suggestions for a Healthy Recovery

I’ve been working One-On-One with a gentleman with full blown addictions to drugs and alcohol recently and after my recent post titled 10 Recommendations For A Healthy Future referencing how to beat an addictive compulsion when you've no...

August 20, 2014

10 Recommendations For A Healthy Future

I have often been asked to work with individuals with personal challenges for whom discretion due to their public profile is of immense importance. This means that traditional rehabilitation treatment and mixing with other patients, or a...

Patch Adams feat. Robin Williams
August 12, 2014

Robin Williams R.I.P.

I awoke this morning to learn of the very sad passing of Robin Williams, apparently from suicide due to his depression. It was widely known that Robin Williams found recovery from his own addictions (cocaine and booze) after John Belushi...

July 11, 2014

Residential Alcohol or Drug Rehab Centre Questions

The Sober Services Team have been researching and evaluating residential rehab centres for alcohol and drugs all over the world for well over 10 years, and we only work with clinics that we’ve visited and approved based on......

May 14, 2014

What You Need To Know About an Alcohol Detox

It is crucial that you seek advice from a medical advisor when you are going through a detoxification practice so as to guide you in the correct path and helping you get rid off alcohol. It is understood that a detox program is just the ...

May 14, 2014

Here’s A Quick Way For Giving Up Alcohol

An addiction is a powerful and destructive part of many lives. Have you reached your own breaking point or need an intervention for a friend or family member? Would you like to escape the cycle of addiction and maintain sobriety for the ...

May 14, 2014

Getting The Right Help To Overcome Drug Or Alcohol Addiction

Drug and alcohol addiction can ruin lives, and affect not only the person with the addiction, but also their family and friends. Knowing someone close to you has a serious problem with drugs can be soul destroying, particularly when you ...

May 14, 2014

Alcohol Addiction Treatment: Better Than Jail

It is very unfortunate to know that there are several people who look down on alcohol and drug addicts. These people usually think that these addicts are hopeless cases and are scumbags of the universe. For this, they immediately think t...

May 14, 2014

Steps To Assist You In Seeking Addiction Help

When an individual is addicted to any substance, whether it be alcohol or drugs, there are a tremendous number of negative side effects that can impact their health, as well as impact their relationships. While many individuals simply ac...

February 8, 2014

The 7 Things You Need To Know About Rehab

1.    Rehab is not a punishment, and Rehab is not a Luxury Resort Believe it or not, rehab is not a punishment because of your addiction. It’s actually a privilege and a real opportunity for you to heal. Rehab is a second chance for...