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Serving clients and their families with dignity, respect and privacy – Villa Paradiso

Villa Paradiso is a specialist residential treatment centre specialising in providing treatment for addictions and trauma. Our experienced team offers effective addiction treatment in a very private, discreet and rejuvenating environment. We do not publically reveal the address for confidentiality reasons but we can say it is nestled in the stunning Andalucian mountains between Marbella and Málaga, overlooking the southern Spain coastline.

Please take a few moments to read more in our double page spread of the Home and Lifestyle Magazine, November 2018.

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Effective Drug & Alcohol addiction treatment for United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emiratis find effective, compassionate, and affordable rehabilitation treatment for drug and Alcohol addiction at Villa Paradiso

The United Arab Emirates, which is also referred to as the Emirates or simply UAE, boasts a growing population of over 9 million individuals today. But the most interesting figure to consider is that of those 9 million residents, 1.4 million of them are Emirati citizens and 7.8 million of them are expatriates! The Islamic-ruled nation has always maintained strict control over concerns like dress code, public decency, and drug and alcohol consumption. Sharia law is the overriding legal code, and the punishment for drug use is incredibly severe.

Drug possession or use is 100% forbidden in the UAE, and the civil and criminal punishments for being caught either with drugs or under the influence of drugs is a major deterrent for most Emirati. Unfortunately, not all residents of the UAE are able to manage their addictions, and can face serious jail time as a result. Most drug offences can land an offender in jail for at least four years, with more serious drug-related charges triggering 10 years or more behind bars. Trafficking in drugs can even initiate sentences as severe as life in prison or even death. Obviously there is a problem, and as Dubai is a major international hub for business and travel, there is a real opportunity for drug abusers to gain access to illicit drugs.

Since drugs are so taboo in the UAE, Emiratis who find themselves addicted to drugs often stay quiet about their affliction. Instead of seeking help or asking their families to support their rehabilitation, they suffer quietly and don’t do anything about it until it is too late. According to the National Rehabilitation Centre of the UAE, 5.3% of the total deaths in the Emirates each year are related to alcohol or illegal drug abuse. Unfortunately, there aren’t any good answers in the UAE for addicts who want help. The social stigma alone prevents most Emiratis from seeking help. But there is an answer – Villa Paradiso

Why Villa Paradiso is the right choice for Emiratis

This incredible treatment centre is located in Southern Spainand is a worlds renowned facility that is dedicated to helping patients who desire an effective and affordable solution to their drug addiction. Patients who choose Villa Paradiso to combat their drug addiction will discover a world-class treatment and rehabilitation centre that is located in a serene corner of Southern Spain where patients will find a soothing environment, Beautiful Private accommodations, and a peaceful and relaxing energy that helps their journey toward an addiction-free lifestyle.

The idea is simple – to deliver an incomparable treatment program in a comfortable and calming environment that is ideal for helping patients recover from their addiction. Finally, one that prides itself on complete confidentiality !

At Villa Paradiso , The English-language program combines a standard 12-step treatment program with physical therapy, holistic treatments, and more, and draws upon the expertise of professional therapists, drug addiction counsellors, medical doctors, and concierge staff.

While patients at Villa Paradiso will be busy working through the various components of treatment during their alcohol addiction rehab treatment, they can participate in many planned outings.. Patients will reside comfortably within private, En suite accommodation and the quiet, serene setting nestled in the beautiful mountains of Spain overlooking the breathtaking beaches it is the perfect environment for a comfortable and effective rehabilitation program.

Afghanistan’s booming heroin trade leaves trail of addiction at home.

For a decade, the office of the British Provincial Reconstruction Team in Helmand was busy dispersing hundreds of millions of aid dollars across the province.

Now, the base is barren; stripped of everything of value. Occasional moans reverberate down the corridors where gaunt-looking men sleep, belly-down, seeking respite from the sun beating through the windows. All of them are recovering drug addicts.

In one room, an elderly man tumbled off his bunk. “Allah, Allah,” Mohammad Rahim mutters, flapping his arms and legs about as if doing snow angels on the dusty concrete floor. He is fighting through second-day heroin withdrawal.

“We all felt like this when we came,” says his roommate, Khairullah.

An elderly man falls from his bunk at the Helmand Drug Addict’s Treatment Center in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah.
An elderly man falls from his bunk at the drug treatment centre in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah. Photograph: Andrew Quilty

Afghanistan is the world’s leading producer of opium and heroin. This year, its opium production , rising 87% compared to 2016, according to statistics from the UN. The increase is largely due to a rapid expansion of territory used to cultivate poppy, following advances by the Taliban who both promote and profit from the crop.

Its production leaves behind a trail of addiction. Although most drugs are smuggled abroad, there are in Afghanistan, the UN estimates.

Treatment, though, is poor. In Helmand, where half the country’s poppies grow and where unemployment and poverty perpetuate the temptation of readily available drugs, the government offers only 70 spots at two rehabilitation clinics.

“This is a chronic disease, just like cancer,” says Dr Ajmal Fazli, director of a 20-bed clinic.

The treatment on offer is 40 days of cold turkey. Emotional comfort is found in a sort of brotherhood of fellow addicts. The sole entertainment is a small television in front of two plastic chairs.

Patients are men at the fringe of society: scrawny teenage dropouts, rugged old men and, when the Guardian visited, a young man whose family had arranged his marriage, then postponed it for six years so far, until he gets clean.

Some sport crude tattoos – a rarity in conservative Islamic societies – after stints in prison.

“My brother once had me arrested to help me get clean,” says Juma Khan, rolling up his sleeve to unveil an inked snake and a heart. But jail could not break 10 years of addiction.

Helmand has no clinics for addicted women, although their numbers are said to be growing. A small team of female outreach workers comb through Lashkar Gah’s parks, among throngs of male addicts and drug dealers, looking for women.

“We are afraid of going there. We wear doctors’ clothes, and tell them we are there to talk about vaccines for their children. When we sit down with them, we ask about their drug problems,” said Latifa, a social worker. Her team distributes painkillers and supervises addicts at home for 40 days.

But recently, the ministry of public health told her clinic to halve the number of women it targets to 10, supposedly due to limited resources.

Late one afternoon, on the edge of a mosquito-infested swamp about a mile from the Lashkar Gah clinics, two dozen men sit hunched over pipes, heating crumbled pieces of tin foil with heroin worth about 50p each. In the 45-degree heat, the stench of garbage and urine is oppressive.

Opium addicts gather to smoke by a wall in a public park in Lashkar Gah.
Opium addicts gather to smoke by a wall in a public park in Lashkar Gah. Photograph: Andrew Quilty

One man, Hamid Kabiri, was once a member of the police special forces, but now spends his days in the park smoking. His wife has moved in with his father.

Despite $8.6bn (£6.5bn) spent by the US alone since 2001 to fight Afghan opium, the drug business continues to grow. The value of Afghan-produced opiates doubled last year, from $1.56bn in 2015 to $3.02bn, according to the UN. The hub of the trade is Helmand.

Foreign-funded eradication programs have now been all but disbanded. A $14.6m “food zone” project funded by the US and UK to distribute fertiliser and seeds to farmers ended years ago. Nearly all attempts to introduce alternative crops have failed.

Drug seizures are equally inefficient. In the past decade, authorities confiscated about 450,000kg of opium – less than 10% of the 4.8m kilos of opium produced in 2016 alone, according to the UN.

At the Helmand Drug Addict’s Treatment Center in the provincial capital, Lashkar Gah, patients who are admitted either voluntarily or by family or tribal elders, undergo a 45 day treatment program.
At the Helmand treatment centre in Lashkar Gah, patients who are admitted either voluntarily or by family or tribal elders, undergo a 45 day treatment program. Photograph: Andrew Quilty
In 2001, the last year of its rule, the Taliban outlawed opium cultivation, but they have since reversed course. They now enjoy a growing share of the illicit business, partly due to territorial gains, which allow them to promote and tax poppy.

“Generally, the pattern is that areas under Taliban see more cultivation,” said Devashish Dhar, international project coordinator with the UN’s drug and crime agency, UNODC.

Farmers were extending poppy growth into the desert, he said, installing wells and discarding other, less lucrative crops.

David Mansfield, a researcher with the London School of Economics and the Afghanistan Research and Evaluation Unit, said satellite imagery showed areas in Helmand close to Lashkar Gah had reverted to growing poppy after years of being off the crop.

“The recent collapse of the government in some of the areas has allowed people to return to poppy,” he said. New technology such as solar panels accelerated cultivation by reducing costs of pumps and generators for irrigation, he added.

“The Taliban’s interest in poppy is often gaining support from the people, and it is a provocative act against the government. It’s a win-win,” said Mansfield.

Use of drugs, however, is not tolerated in Taliban territory and addicts are imprisoned. When Abdul Shakur, 32, was caught by Taliban fighters with drugs in his car in Babaji, they detained him and beat him with sticks for two months before he escaped, he says.

Detention did not cure Shakur. He was able to smuggle opium inside, and once it ran out he escaped. When he returned to his family, he agreed to admit himself in the government clinic. “It has to end,” he says. “I’d like to be a healthy man.”

Original Link: https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/nov/16/afghanistan-heroin-trade-trail-of-addiction-treatment-opium-helmand

Addiction In The Hospitality Industry – Anthony Bourdain

In a work environment where breaks and meals are few and far between, customers are drinking excessively, and late night hours are the norm, it might not come as a surprise to find that the hospitality industry is ranked among the highest in the U.K for heavy drinking, illicit drug abuse, and substance use disorders leading to further mental health matters , depression, severe anxiety and sadly suicide.

The world has been hit with sad news that Anthony Bourdain has lost his personal struggle with mental health matters.

Anthony Bourdain Mental Health Suicide

The eloquent, urbane and eminently watchable Anthony Bourdain made no secret of his past struggles with addiction. A heroin addict for several years, he had written about use of marijuana, cocaine and other substances during his roller-coaster career as a chef in New York kitchens.

It is a sad statistic that a growing number of chefs are using drugs or alcohol to help “come down” from the adrenaline rush of that stressful syndrome.

Do you hear yourself saying this, “I don’t sleep a lot. I party a lot. But, at the same time, I work a lot. I never miss work because of my addiction.”. This is a rising problem with drug addiction

Or do you hear yourself saying this, “I often find myself having wind-down drinks after service”. This is sadly the spring-board for many into full-blown alcoholism

Signs Of Substance Abuse Within The Hospitality Industry

It’s estimated that one in four professionals has personal knowledge of a work colleague using drugs on the job. No matter what happens, beating addiction is the most important step right now, and it might even save your life. If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction in the hospitality industry, contact us to learn more.

How to help a loved one into Addiction Treatment

Witnessing a person you care about struggle with an addiction to Drugs  or Alcohol or Gambling,   can be a heart-breaking experience. As you watch your friend or family member slowly begin to prioritise their substance of choice above all else, you will see a steady decline in their health and well-being, but you may feel powerless to stop their addictive behaviours.

Additionally, you may feel hurt, angry or frustrated if your loved one’s substance misuse has negatively affected your life. Perhaps you have had to compensate for their lack of ability to meet their obligations at home, school or work because of their substance misuse concerns. Or maybe you have had to miss opportunities or jeopardise your own financial stability because of your loved one’s drinking or drug addiction. Often, the negative consequences of a person’s addiction will spill over into all areas of their lives, even damaging relationships with the people they love.

But in spite of the frustration you will likely still wish to do all you can to help your loved one regain control of their life, and to see them overcome the addiction that has caused them so much harm.

Addiction treatment: first steps

Before you can begin a conversation about treatment with your loved one, there are some preliminary steps you must take to familiarise yourself with a few important aspects of the process. As you prepare to encourage your loved one to enter a programme to address their addiction, please consider the following:

  • Consider what substance(s) your loved one is misusing and research the ways that these substances impact the mind and body. In doing so, you will gain valuable insight into your loved one’s experience.
  • Engage others in your efforts to support your loved one. Perhaps there are other close friends or family members who share your concerns and who wish to help. By uniting these individuals, no one person will feel solely responsible for convincing your loved one to enter treatment

Talking about addiction treatment

Having some anxiety  or uncertainty prior to your first conversation about treatment with your loved one is an entirely normal experience. The decision to enter residential care can be life-altering, and the suggestion to do so may be met with some initial resistance.

For individuals who have become trapped within the cycle of substance misuse, entering treatment represents the unknown, and the unknown is often regarded with fear. When drugs and/or alcohol have become primary coping tools for stress, these individuals understandably worry what life will be like once those are no longer available.

Before you sit down to speak to your loved one and encourage them to seek treatment, please reflect on the following:

  • No matter what hardships you have had to endure as a result of your loved one’s substance misuse, keep the focus on your loved one’s needs throughout the conversation
  • Expect some resistance to the idea of treatment, but maintain a tone of compassion and empathy and reassure your loved one of your sincere desire to see them overcome their addiction
  • Remember to listen reflectively; no one understands your loved one’s experience of substance misuse better than they do.

For further details on how Villa Paradiso  can provide you with further assistance regarding helping a loved one into addiction treatment, please call us today on 0808 164 6848. If your looking to make a referral, please Click Here

DRUG AND ALCOHOL DETOX – IT WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE

Most drug and all alcohol addictions require a phase of detoxification at the start of the rehabilitation process.

At Villa Paradiso we strongly believe this is a vital and safe way to begin your journey into recovery.

This stage of detox is designed to remove all traces of drugs and alcohol from the body. In some cases, maintenance medication may be given to ease the withdrawal symptoms associated with certain drugs, including cocaine, prescription drugs and heroin

The severity of the Detox Process varies according to:

  • The individual’s unique body composition and metabolism.
  • The particular drug and dosage that was being used.
  • How long the drug has been taken.
  • If there are any other addictions involved.

Detoxification at Villa Paradiso is a safe process under experienced medical supervision with our specialist medical team led by our Doctor Dr Hallin.

Since detox for certain individuals and substances can be potentially very severe — and in some cases, deadly — it’s not advised for individuals to detox on their own at home. 

The Growing Problem of Prescribed Drug Addiction

Is it possible that you or someone you love is addicted to prescription drugs.Most of us take prescription drugs only for the reason the doctor intended. Nevertheless, an estimated 48 million people (aged 12 and older), according to the National Institute on drug abuse have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons in their lifetime. That figure represents approximately 20% of the Uk population.

In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in prescription drug misuse or abuse. This increase has led to a corresponding increase in A & E visits because of accidental overdoses as well as admissions to drug treatment programs for drug addictions.Medication abuse is not always some thing people expect after a long period on medication.

Here at Villa Paradiso we will look at the medication and reason for long term prescription and find a none addictive medication to treat the medical problem.

Our team will do a full medical review as well as therapy looking at the affects of the medication and any underline addiction issues.

Addiction is a chronic, often relapsing brain disease It causes compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences to the addicted person as well as the people around that person. The abuse of drugs — even prescription drugs — leads to changes in the structure and function of the brain.

For most people, the initial decision to take prescription drugs is voluntary. Over a period of time, however, changes in the brain caused by repeated drug abuse affect a person’s self control and ability to make sound decisions. While this is going on, the person continues to experience intense impulses to take more drugs.

Here at Villa Paradiso we focus on the person and not the addiction,looking at there coping skills and new ways to manage pain safely.we will do full medication reviews and assess pain management drugs.

Supporting people to not abuse any prescribed medication and feel confident to challenge long term prescribing.

Mathew Idle
Lead Therapist
Villa Paradiso

Your family and friends love you.

“Your family and friends love you, and they just want the best for you and don’t want to lose you.” If you can relate to this or know someone who may be please contact us we are here to help with the contact details on please.

You can reach us on + 34 689 806 769 or call our helpline on 0808 1646848.

Our email is: info@villaparadisospain.com.

Original Article by: Huffington Post – https://t.co/janLOeG3Qi

The loved ones of a Montreal woman made space in her obituary to encourage people suffering from addictions to seek help.

Catherine Soful died on Dec. 20, 2017 at the age of 34. Described as a bartender and waitress with a passionate spirit and love for the colour yellow, Soful also struggled with addiction and depression.

The obituary, published online by Kearney Funeral Services, states that Soful’s recreational drug use quickly became an addiction, leading to an accidental, fatal overdose on fentanyl-laced cocaine.

“Catherine was a great person and didn’t deserve this. Her addiction defined her death, but it will not define her memory,” the obituary says. “Her family hopes that others like Catherine can learn from this.”

The obituary goes on to ask others who are struggling to reach out to their loved ones and local support groups, and take safety measures if they can’t stop using.

“Your family and friends love you, and they just want the best for you and don’t want to lose you.”

Canada is currently in the midst of an opioid crisis that claims lives every day. In 2016, 2,458 people died of opioid overdoses.

Your family and friends love you, and they just want the best for you and don’t want to lose you.
“The growing number of overdoses and deaths caused by opioids, including fentanyl, is a public health emergency,” the federal government’s website says.

Anyone who uses drugs can be at risk of overdosing, according to the government. This includes addicts and recreational users, as well as first-time users and people who don’t follow medical instructions in taking their prescriptions.

Naxolone kits can temporarily reverse overdoses until medical help arrives.
The federal government is working to improve how they track overdose numbers. They’ve approved 29 new safe injection sites and increased access to naloxone kits, which can temporarily reverse overdoses until medical help arrives.

Individuals can help loved ones with addictions by getting their own emergency naloxone kits and carrying them at all times.

Soful is survived by her parents and sister. Her memorial will be held on Monday.

 

The Christmas period is a time of fun families and sharing the good times.

Addiction Rehabilitation Treatment Centre

The Christmas period is a time of fun families and sharing the good times.

It’s also a time when people feel most alone and revalue their lives and consider making those January changes. It can be the hardest decision of a persons life to face their fears and truly look into the mirror and ask themselves is this what I want for the next year and so on.

Being lost in a place you truly don’t belong and longing for that freedom to change. Here at Villa Paradiso, we are here to support you to achieve your goals and become that person. We can support you to make that decision and give you the understanding and tool to maintain the life you truly want.

Maybe it’s time to give yourselves that special gift of recovery let this be your time to shine and bring happiness to everyone, but most importantly to yourself.

You are worth recovery.

We are open all over the Christmas period our support. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for those in need of support and connection. We are here to listen and talk with you – do not ever feel alone. If you just need someone to talk too our qualified members of the team are at the end of the phone. We offer our clients a personal, professional, friendly, discreet and completely confidential service at all times.

You can reach us on + 34 689 806 769 or call our helpline on 0808 1646848.

Our email is: info@villaparadisospain.com.

What is the true cost of alcohol at Christmas?

The festive period is here again, with a full diary of Christmas events and office parties. The time of year when you can let your hair down and speak freely and simply blame the alcohol.

If we do we actually take a moment to think of the bigger picture and really understand the risks and damaging effect this period can have on your health and well being.

Do we support friend and work colleges who may struggle during this festival period? Ask yourself would you wish any of the below on to anyone?

Alcohol-related hospital admissions can skyrocket over Christmas when excessive drinking costs the NHS millions. An estimated 1.8 million married couples and cohabiting partners will consider splitting up, with drink-fuelled rows often finally bringing things to a head.

An average of 30,000 people die each year from alcohol misuse-related illnesses and incidents, with many of these fatalities occurring between mid-December and early January.

Interestingly, 3.18pm on Christmas Day is the specific time when the majority of family drink-driven arguments start behind the front doors of Britain over the festive period, which proves that alcohol-related incidents are not solely night-time events!

Extreme alcohol consumption (and related behaviour) makes Christmas a time when domestic abuse peaks; this can be both physical and emotional abuse committed by both sexes
According to the Association of Chief Police Officers, drink- (and drug-) driving arrests over Christmas and New Year in 2017 amounted to over 7000 across England alone. That is 7000+ potentially deadly law-breaking acts in about a fortnight

That last statistic is particularly alarming, isn’t it? With the celebrations seeming to start earlier and earlier each year, police forces everywhere are now forced to launch and enforce month-long drink-driving monitoring campaigns (which often extend into early January, when New Year revelry can sometimes last an entire week).

Maybe make this Christmas one to remember and celebrate it responsibly with your loved ones.

And always think of the people who might be struggling and offer them support. Maybe give them the gift of recovery and support them to begin their journey.

If you feel that you, a friend or loved one are affected by any of these issues please do not hesitate to reach out to us for support. Our team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week including over the festive period. Call our helpline on freephone number 0808 1646848 or +34 689 806769.
Email info@villaparadisospain.com. All calls and emails are completely confidential.

Be safe and have a peaceful Christmas from the team Villa Paradiso.