November 2011

The respectable face of Drug Addiction

An interesting article which highlights the fact that a surprisingly high number of people are knowingly or otherwise abusing over the counter (OTC) medications, and there is widespread awareness of this problem among both the general public and the professionals – doctors and pharmacists – alike. Analgesics containing codeine are the most commonly identified OTC medicines being abused in Ireland.

http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=20030

Next 10-Week Family Programme Mid-January

We are currently planning our next 10-Week Family Programme which will begin mid-January, and already have a number of people interested in participating.

So, if you or someone you know have been impacted by a loved ones addiction and are looking for professional help and support in a caring environment, then please consider doing our Family Programme. It has been described as a "life changing experience" by previous participants.

For more details, just click on Family Programme tab and fill out an Enquiry Form or call the office on (01)764 5131.

A thoughtful & inspiring Christmas gift...

Our book 'You Are Not Alone - Personal stories on Surviving the impact of Addiction' is available in bookshops throughout Ireland. It explores the many sides of addiction and recovery with stories which, though often raw and at times heart-breaking, are bound together by their courage, honesty, hope and resolve.

It would make a thoughtful and inspiring Christmas gift.

Corporate Christmas Donation to RISE

Instead of sending Christmas cards and gifts to your customers/business contacts this Christmas, your employer/company could make a donation to RISE which will go directly towards helping us support families devastated by addiction.

Simply click on the 'MAKE A DONATION' button and follow the instructions or call the RISE office on 01 764 513.

RTE's Frontline Debate: Alcohol, the cost

A link to RTE's Frontline debate on Ireland's increasingly unhealthy relationship with alcohol.

http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1123238

Next 10-Week Family Programme Mid-January

We are currently planning our next 10-Week Family Programme which will begin mid-January, and already have a number of people interested in participating.

So, if you or someone you know have been impacted by a loved ones addiction and are looking for professional help and support in a caring environment, then please consider doing our Family Programme. It has been described as a "life changing experience" by previous participants.

For more details, just click on Family Programme tab and fill out an Enquiry Form or call the office on (01)764 5131.

Growing addiction problems among professionals

A recent article with experts calling for urgent action to tackle the "significant challenge" of rising levels of alcohol and substance misuse among professionals including doctors, dentists and lawyers.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/nov/13/doctors-lawyers-alcohol-ad...

The Impact of Drug Addiction

Pat Herlihy talks openly and honestly about his daughter's addiction to drugs and the devastating impact it had on the whole family (starts 2mins in).

http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/155/0/0/The-Morning-Show

Corporate Christmas Donation to RISE

Instead of sending Christmas cards and gifts to your customers/business contacts this Christmas, your employer/company could make a donation to RISE which will go directly towards helping us support families devastated by addiction.

Simply click on the 'MAKE A DONATION' button and follow the instructions or call the RISE office on 01 764 513.

!!!!! JUMP for RISE !!!!!

The Irish Parachute Club's Skydive for Charity is a fantastic way to raise much needed funds for RISE; while experiencing the thrill of a lifetime in doing so.

Please click on the link below for all the details.

http://www.skydive.ie/packages/charity-skydives.html

Video Game Addiction

We were delighted to meet Dr. Mark Griffiths (Europe's only Professor of Gambling Studies) at the NEAR Conference last Friday. The link below is to his interview on Friday's Late Late Show, where he discusses the growing problem of video game addiction (starts at 0:57:20).

http://www.rte.ie/player/#!v=1121366

Traditional & Folk Concert for RISE: Photos & Videos

Click on the link below for a great selection of photos and videos from Monday night's concert for RISE in the Harcourt Hotel.

http://www.dublinsessions.ie/harcourt19.html

HRB releases latest trends in treated problem alcohol use in Ireland

Figures from the National Drug Treatment Reporting System (NDTRS) show that the number of cases of treated problem alcohol use rose 43% in the period between 2005 and 2010. Half of the treated cases had started drinking by the time they were 16 and one in five cases reported problem use of other substances such as cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy and benzodiazepines.

See link below for more details.

http://www.healthcanal.com/substance-abuse/22970-HRB-releases-latest-tre...

NEAR Conference This Week: 2 for 1 Special Offer

Ireland's first International Conference and Exhibition on behavioural health including addiction is taking place from this Thursday to Saturday (10th -12th November).

World-leading International and local speakers will be presenting on and discussing the latest neurological developments and effective treatments for the various aspects of addiction and recovery, including Sex and Eating Addictions, Gambling, Trauma, Anxiety and Depression, Addiction and Family, Alcohol and Drug Addiction and Internet and Video Games Addiction.

Corporate Christmas Donation to RISE

Instead of sending Christmas cards and gifts to your customers/business contacts this Christmas, your employer/company could make a donation to RISE which will go directly towards helping us support families devastated by addiction.

Simply click on the 'MAKE A DONATION' button and follow the instructions or call the RISE office on 01 764 513.

Mayo Drug & Alcohol Awareness Week (Nov. 7-11)

Ireland’s cultural reliance on alcohol and other drugs will be put under the spotlight during the first Mayo Drug and Alcohol Awareness Week, which runs throughout next week (see link below for details).

For information about all the week's events please contact Pat Conway, community liaison officer, on 087 7400011.

http://www.mayonews.ie/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1399...

Traditional & Folk Concert in aid of RISE

The Harcourt Hotel have a fantastic night of great music planned in aid of RISE next Monday, November 7th. Lots of talented artists with special guests including Damien Dempsey with more to be announced soon!

Tickets are €12 in advance (available from the Harcourt Hotel), €15 on the night.

It should be a really great night, so hope to see you there!