Best 10 Addiction & Recovery Blogs

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I am happy to announce that my blog on recovery from addiction has been named Number 9 in the Top 55 Addiction and Recovery blogs of 2014! So my blog has become one of the top ten blogs on the net for addiction recovery information and resources, and I'm particularly pleased because it is the highest ranking entry in the UK.

I find this really exciting news, because it is really important to me to be able to reach out to people who are suffering from addiction all over the world, to offer them hope and help them to find solutions. The list, which was compiled by Cathy Taughinbaugh over at Treatment Talks, was created using rankings from Alexa, an authority in web traffic and website rankings.

If you haven't already, you can check out my blog here. It doesn't just cover addiction, but also mental health, stress and general advice about wellbeing and how to become happy and healthy. The blog features a mix of personal stories, guest posts, book reviews, inforrmation and advice.

Not only have I come through addiction and mental health problems myself, and recovered, but I now work as a therapist specialising in these issues. I hope you will find my articles useful, wheher you're looking for help for yourself or a loved one, or just want to know more about addiction, recovery and mental health.

Do you want to cope better?

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Do you want to learn how to ease your suffering? Do you want to know how to cope better with stress and painful life experiences? Do you want to get a handle on your mental health?

Good, because that's what I'll be talking about tonight on the 'Healing Matters' show on UnTangled FM with Sunita Pattani.untangled

In my interview, I'll be teaching you how to practise ways of thinking and behaving which will help you to develop better mental resilience and wellbeing, as well as sharing some useful tools and techniques to help you reduce your stress.

Of course, the show will be centred around my speciality topic, addiction, so tune in to find out how you can break free from any type of addiction and recover.

You can catch the show live on 14th January at 7pm here. Here's to healing and good mental health.

Listen to the replay here.

Why I'm Now a Role Model

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Alkie. Waster. General pain-in-the-bum. Those were among the things you could quite reasonably have called me in the past. Role model? No, not really. But if you buy this week's Woman's Own, you will find me in the magazine's regular Role Model section.

I was kindly nominated by drug and alcohol charity DiversityInCare as a role model to others - for being a fighter, overcoming my issues and speaking out about my recovery from addiction and mental health issues in an attempt to give hope to others. Beth Burgess and Angela Edmondson DiversityInCare

In the January 14th 2013 issue, Angela Edmondson, CEO of DiversityInCare, shares my story of how I overcame addiction, Borderline Personality Disorder, bulimia, social phobia and self-harm, and went on to help others and support her charity with its brilliant work helping vulnerable addicts.

It's a really good read and I hope it will help to break the stigma that still exists against people who are battling addiction and other mental health problems. And of course, give other people hope that it is possible to recover and rebuild an amazing life after addiction.

The magazine is out on 6th January so grab your copy now.

Special thanks to freelance journalist and writer Rachel Toal for making the publication of the story possible.

10 Top Tips for Mental Health

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This December grab yourself a copy of Rapport magazine, where you can read my contribtion to an article on 10 Top Tips for World Mental Health Day.

While the article is geared towards people who work in the therapeutic field, and how they can keep their own minds and bodies healthy while helping others, the advice will be useful for anyone who wants to keep on top of their mental wellbeing.

I mention Mindfulness, maintaining balance and good ways to make sure that stress does not get on top of you.

Many thanks to Eve Menezes Cunningham for writing the article, which I hope will help many people ensure they are in the best position to stay healthy while helping others.

You can get a copy of Rapport magazine here. Happy reading!

It's official...

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I am delighted to announce that I have accepted an invitation to become a member of the Board of Trustees for DiversityInCare Ltd.

DiversityInCare is a charity which works with people who wish to overcome a wide range of issues associated with drug and or alcohol abuse. The charity provides services for Ex-offenders, Domestic Violence, Vulnerable families, Drug Addiction, Alcohol Addiction and Mental Health issues across London.

It's a great charity, has an amazing success rate with vulnerable clients and is supported by Russell Brand and Judge Nicholas Crichton at the Family Drug and Alcohol Court.

In my new role, I hope to bring my own experience of living with addiction and its associated issues as well as my experience working with people with multiple issues within my own service. I also hope the charity will benefit from my experience being at the frontline of other drug and alcohol servicies, and their day to day running, as well as my work achieving positive outcomes for clients, partners and commissioners.

If you'd like to meet me or the other trustees and find out what DiversityInCare is all about, do come to our Christmas Dinner at Cinnamon Kitchen on December 16th. Your ticket will help to support vulnerable young women, who want to turn their lives around, and their children. It will be a lot of fun and there will be a chance to win some amazing prizes as well as supporting a great cause.

Exclusive interview with In-Recovery.com

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I don't know how, but Mark Leigh managed to get a world exclusive out of me when I spoke to him for an interview with addiction recovery website in-recovery.com recently. Not only that but he got me to agree to write a few words of inspiration to help those who may be struggling with addiction at the moment. Of course, I am grateful to be able to help others and was Interview with Mark Leigh and Beth Burgess
more than happy to oblige.

If you'd like to check out my interview with Mark, have a listen here. There may or may not be breaking news about new books I am planning (shhhh!) and ways to stop boredom ruining your recovery. You can also read my message to fellow addicts here.

In-recovery.com is a website designed to raise awareness of addiction and recovery and well worth a look if you think you might have a problem. Big thanks to Mark for all his hard work and dedication to the cause.


Best way to treat addicts?

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I am sometimes frustrated by the way that addiction is treated in the UK, which is why I was delighted to have an article published in the latest issue of Druglink, the magazine by Drugscope.

After reading a few months ago that more money than ever is being poured into giving people with alcohol problems medication to stop them drinking, rather than tools to deal with their problem on a long-term basis, I wrote an article called 'Pills, Thrills and a Bellyache'.

I have had special permission from Drugscope to republish the article, so if you want to know what I consider better treatment options for addicts, do take a look at the article here.

Stress and studying

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Student stress is a common and sometimes poorly acknowledged phenomenon. I recently gave advice on how to study without getting stressed out to an organisation in Taiwan that helps students study abroad in Sweden. In an interview with Enspyre Academy, Taiwanese students told me that they feel a lot of academic pressure not only at university, but from a young age.

When faced with constant pressure, it is important to develop a mindset that helps you to cope with stress. I actually do advocate studying abroad, as the broader your mindset, the more likely to are to have behavioural and mental tools at your disposal- and you can pick up on these when you exposed to different attitudes and ways of doing things from other cultures.

You can see my video with tips on how to study without stress here, and there is also the interview, which you can put into Google translate if you're not fluent in Mandarin! As well as speakiing about stress, I also talk about the best way to write a book, as a lot of students were interested in that.

To find out about my anti-stress workshops, or for 1:1 work to help you deal with stress, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Baring all in the name of hope

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Can you be too honest? I don't really think so. My story has just appeared in The Daily Express. In it, I tell of my former life as an alcoholic semi-prostitute with an anxiety disorder. Why on earth would I want to talk about all that, I hear you ask. It's quite simple really. I need to show others it is possible to escape from the throes of addiction, no matter how bad it all got. There is always hope. Always.

If you want to read some of the sordid details, do click here to read the story. Whatever you think about the way I lived my life, take away the message I intended. No matter how far down you think you have gone, there is always a way back. And I'd be delighted to help you find yours if you are willing to start changing for the better.

Drop me a line to have a chat about how I can work with you to help you become free of the past and your problems.

Free Mindfulness Meditation MP3s For All!

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If there's anything better for the spirit than Mindfulness Meditation it might be giving away Mindfulness Meditation MP3s for free!

I am lucky enough to have come across Mindfulness Practice and Meditation many years ago, when it was introduced to me by an Alcohol Counsellor. Back in those days, Mindfulness wasn't really used very much for addictions and mental health, but my Counsellor was way ahead of the game.

Mindfulness is one of the core aspects of Buddhism and of Dialectical Behvaiour Therapy, which I now teach and use with clients. It has been found to be very useful in treating people with addictions, personality disorders and even common complaints such as stress.

I sometimes conduct quick Mindfulness exercises in client sessions, but I am often asked if I offer any recordings so that people can download them and use them at home, too. Well now I do!

I now have a selection of Mindfulness Meditations in my MP3 store, ranging from a quick 6-minute guided focus on the breath to a 30-minute relaxing body scan. I will be adding to the collection as time goes on, but for now follow the link below to enjoy your free Mindfulness downloads.

Free Mindfulness MP3s

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