Where do we find Peace

Where do we find Peace

Peace is a word that is in some ways indescribable and in others such a definite. It can be very different for all types of people. Inner peace, outer peace, world peace (not to be solved here).

Outer peace is to a large extent is controlled by other people although how we order our world can certainly enhance it but what I want to explore in this article is more the inner peace, not necessarily religious, but that calmness and control that comes at special times. Often at quiet times in the middle of the night.

When you look the word up in a dictionary you get a definition something like Freedom from disturbance; tranquillity. Mental or emotional calm. Ceasing of hostilities. It is the second of these that is my focus of interest. Calm in the midst of chaos. Many of us will have experienced a time when even though we were surrounded by noise and the hustle and bustle of life we were somehow separate from that. The look is the same as someone plugged into their phone or MP3 player. That slightly spaced outlook that puts you on a different plain.

There is an area of counselling or self-actualization called Mindfulness which is in vogue at the moment but has actually been around for years in various guises. A technique which you can use all day in all you do or in short concentrated bursts to give you a place of release or Peace. Do you like watching flames dance and change colour or the ripples on the sand left by the waves as they ebb to and from. Do you marvel at the patterns thrown by the sunlight glinting through the tracery of trees or the sound of birdsong on a summer’s afternoon? It’s amazing what can transport us to a place of calm but the trick is being able to do this when not surrounded by the grandeur of nature. How to do this on a cold night on the streets or sat with the computer buzzing away in front of us and the work piling up at the side.

Visualizations or mind-walks can be really helpful in transporting us away into memories that create that sense of calm and peace but not all people find visualization easy. When you are not practiced at this sort of thing it is often useful to have an object or objects that will help you focus. A burning candle works well but that is not always practical but the use of something small you can hold tends to expand the places you can do this sort of exercise. So here we go using three small stones, pebbles, beads, or similar. As with any good release exercise breathing is an important part of the process so spend some time with your eyes closed (if you feel safe enough) just listening to your breathing and being aware of the depth of your breathing. If you have children this is an exercise that you can do together which will help everybody cope with life just that little bit better. Once you are familiar with the way your normal breathing is slow it down just a little and get to the point where you can breathe in for a count of 3, hold it for a count of 4 and breath out for a count of 5 for no more than three repeats. Most people do not breathe deeply enough to completely exchange all the air in the lungs so this helps remove extra toxins. This alone may make you feel a lot more relaxed and in a place of peace. Once you are comfortable with getting this far in the exercise you can introduce the stones, beads or whatever. Hold each in your hand separately. With eyes closed feel the weight, size, shape, imagine what it looks like, it doesn’t matter if that is different from the actual thing but what the information given to you by the sense of touch gives you the picture of. Think about the journey that stone or bead has been on to get where it is. Then do a round of 3,4,5 breathing and repeat with the second item and so on through all three. The whole thing will probably take you about 10 mins and will offer you a space away from the stress of life. It is important to note that you will need a short time of stepping back into the real world again so have a tea or coffee just to allow the mind to return fully to the world that you live in every day.

If that all sounds a bit ‘grown up’ then you could try watching people as they walk along the street and make up a short story of how they got there and what happens to them once out of sight. You can make it as fanciful as you want because only you are going to know what you think. How do you think writers find some of their characters if not by watching other people? Whatever you do it is good brain exercise to take yourself away from your everyday setting for a few minutes each day. It helps you keep life and its stresses in proportion and gives you the chance to dream and escape if only for that short time. A few minutes every day when the demands of real life can be put on hold and you can be whatever you want to be, orchestrating your own little bubble and just allowing a time of rest, of quiet, of stillness of PEACE.

I wonder if most people did this sort of exercise once a week how much less stress there would be in the world and every day??? Well, that I leave for you to ponder.



Ruth Hartley

Nick Conn / 17th August 2018/ Posted in: Latest News

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    The goal of a medical detox is to aid in the physical healing required following long term addiction and rid the body of all together of substance whilst providing a cushion for unpleasant symptoms of withdrawals. Detox is not considered the whole treatment for drug/alcohol addiction and it is always recommended that a comprehensive rehabilitation program is used along side to help maintain long term abstinence.

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    Once detoxed from heroin the risk of overdose is much higher following relapse due to tolerance following withdrawal.

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    Private paying patients will also often choose a length of stay that suites their therapeutic and financial needs. As a rule, a full treatment program in a rehab is considered to be 28 days (often referred to as a month), however, treatment is offered in several different ways and lengths starting at 7 days.

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    Rehab programs can be as long as an individual requires but primary treatment is normally caped at 12 weeks, with the offering for further secondary and tertiary treatment thereafter.

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    Choosing the right rehab centre will often be based on priced but it is important to follow guidance on the most suitable treatment centre for an individual’s needs which our expert team of advisers are on hand to offer.

    There are certainly pro’s for both treatment near by and traveling for treatment with one of the most asked question being should I get rehab near me? There are rehabs all over the UK and around the world that all offer expert programs, let’s look at how to choose a rehab.

    Local treatment

    Being close to home gives certainly has benefits. Visitors are normally permitted in rehab following the first 7 days stay, therefore if an individual is in treatment for a length of time longer than that being local will make it easier for loved ones to visit.

    Most rehab centres will also provide a full aftercare plan for someone following treatment, this will include ongoing aftercare in the specific treatment centre. Living close by can make it easy to take full advantage of ongoing aftercare. There can also often be the option for ongoing care with an individual therapist, again being close by will allow that treatment to be carried out face to face.

    Some individuals wish to be local but are willing to look broader, for instance the greater city of residence (London, Manchester, Liverpool, etc)

    Treatment Away

    Getting treatment away from home can be very appealing to some. Being out of the local area makes it a lot harder to just walk out of treatment as resources locally are unknown. Some also take comfort in knowing that they are not near home and focus more on treatment.

    As the price for treatment can vary so much from one residential treatment centre to another, private paying patients often would rather travel to keep the cost down. Those using private health insurance may also have to travel to find a treatment centre covered in their policy.

    When opting for treatment away from home this can be anywhere in the UK and also abroad. Aftercare can still be carried out and very successful using tools such as The Online Rehab.

    There is no right or wrong when choosing where to go to residential rehab, but our expert advisors are always on hand to help provide information on all possible options.

    Whilst millions of people in the UK have taken recreational drugs (amphetamine, cannabis, cocaine, crack, crystal meth, GHB, heron, ketamine, methadone, and prescription drugs) and drank alcohol not all become ‘addicted’. Most recent reports show that 279,793 individuals were in contact with drug and alcohol misuse services in the last year with over half of that being from opiate addiction and a quarter for alcohol.

    There are several risk factors invoiced in addiction and those using drugs and alcohol socially, simply take the risk. These risks are as follows;

    Tolerance – basically, if a substance is used repeatedly an individual’s tolerance to it will build. This will result in more of the same substance being required to get the same effect. In the long run this can easily lead to addiction and physical dependencies.

    Environmental risks – these can include influences such a peer pressure and stress as well as physical or mental abuse of an individual (particularly as a child). Overall, those who live with frequent pressures and stress are more likely to reach for a substance to cope and are therefore at higher risk of becoming addicted.

    Drug type – it is very well known that certain drugs are simply more addictive than others. Using substances such as heroin increases the risk of becoming addicted for need to ‘chase’ a high as well as physical dependency.

    Drug administration – how a drug is administered can affect its addictive qualities. A drug injected rather than smoked or snorted will release a quicker and more intense high thus making it psychologically (and in many cases physically) more addictive.

    Biological factors – it is now widely reported that being an addict is not only psychological but also biological. This includes your genetic makeup, mental health, sex and age. It is also reported to be 8 times more likely for the child of an addict to become an addict themselves.

    Its believed that addiction is approximately half genetics and therefore some are 50% more likely to become addicted than others.

    How do you help a loved one trapped in addiction?

    The first step is to help and encourage the individual to become willing to accept help. They do not need to be shouting this off the rooftops, but they do need to be willing to go into treatment. There are ways to help someone become willing to get treatment for alcohol or treatment for drugs.

    Set boundaries – set boundaries and stick to them. Once you have laid them out follow through with whatever consequences you have set however hard it is.

    Stop finances – if you are financially supporting someone stopping these finances can be the quickest way for the addict needing to ask for help. With no money to acquire a substance an addict’s options become very limited.

    Intervention – getting together with other family members/friends/colleagues and staging an intervention is often very successful in the fist stage of acceptance and gaining an admission to residential rehab.

    You can’t make them quit, this can lead to dangerous withdrawal. Boundaries are very important in helping someone become willing to get help. Unfortunately you cannot do someone’s recovery for them and without self-motivation it is very hard to make it work.

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