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Eersterust group growing

  A much-needed group opened in Eesrterust in September, the group is growing in leaps and bounds. Cheri and Desiree from Pretoria East group went to support Lilly.  

A Mother’s Heart

This is a riveting true story, mother, Jo-Anne Wills shares all the hurt, pain and suffering her family endured whilst their daughter was a drug addict. Jo-Anne also share the …

Addicted to the addict

On the 11th of May 2019 Glenvista group hosted a guest speaker, Pastor Curt Jacobs a phenomenal and inspiring young man, it was such an eye opener for struggling parents …

Alberton Group Paying It Forward

Tough Love Alberton decided to pay it forward and arrange a social at Little Italy in Glenada to raise funds for Tough Love. What an amazing and successful event and …

The dangers of Hubbly Bubbly

SMOKING a hubbly bubbly or tobacco water pipe for one hour is as harmful as smoking up to 200 cigarettes, health experts have warned. The growing popularity of smoking flavoured …

Sheryl’s story

My name is Sheryl Rahme and I have been a member of Toughlove® since the early eighties. I joined Toughlove® because I had a family member addicted to drugs, he …

Sheralee’s story

ToughLoveBlogSuccess StoriesSheralee’s story   Sheralee’s story POSTED ON DECEMBER 3, 2018 BY TOUGHADMIN Director and Coordinator for Glenvista and Northcliff Groups. advancedental@yebo.co.za 15 Years ago I joined TOUGHLOVE®. Six weeks later I decided …

Gordon’s story

info@toughlove.org.za Director and Head Office manager Our son is a recovering heroin addict and has been clean for almost 7 years now, and without TOUGHLOVE® we would have never survived …

Twins and addiction/eating disorders:

Addiction and Twin studies Genetics of addiction:  Twin studies Twin Studies Help Define the Role of Genes in Vulnerability to Drug Abuse It’s In Their Genes: Study Of Twins Connects …

The Serenity Prayer

God, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference At the end …

The Awakening

1. A time comes in your life when you finally get it…. When in the midst of all your fears and insanity you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere …

Suicide

Young people we know who have been suicidal are not, as popular belief would have it, suffering long standing depression. Rather they are mostly unrealistic, having expectations greater than life …

Sex

“Do you think it’s right for a teenager to just visit a gynaecologist when she feels well, isn’t pregnant and isn’t asking for birth control?” asked Marie, a woman in …

Runaways

When we hear about teenage runaways we think of harsh families filled with drunkenness and poverty, physical and sexual abuse, and parents who don’t want their children. We think of …

Ritalin – latest high for students

What the article below does is to describe Ritalin and it’s pitfalls. An organisation however: CogniTune, LLC – “Smarter Health” is drawing much-needed awareness to safer and healthier remedies for …

Prescription drugs – the deadly killer

Drug deaths now outnumber traffic fatalities in U.S., data reveals. Fueling the surge are prescription pain and anxiety drugs that are potent, highly addictive and especially dangerous when combined with …

Personality disorders

Borderline Personality Disorder: Treatment and Management. Dual diagnosis – Treatment BPD and addiction: A Deadly Combination Co-occurring Borderline Personality Disorder and Eating Disorders Possible Genetic Causes Of Borderline Personality Disorders

Nyaope, Whoonga by Eileen Botha

Locally formulated drugs Nyaope and Whoonga – cocktails of among other things, cannabis, heroin, rat poison and antiretroviral medication. It is mainly used by teenagers. Thought to have been born …

Is your man violent? – Helen Rayner

The death of Reeva Steenkamp has brought international attention to the issue of violence against women. On valentine’s day, 2013, she was shot to death in the bathroom of her …

I am Chrystal Meth!

Heartbreaking! “I AM CRYSTAL METH ” This was written by a young girl who was in jail for drug charges, and was addicted to crystal meth. She wrote this while …

Enabling – a meaningful definition

Definition of an Enabler An enabler is someone who promotes a specific type of behaviour in another person. The term is most often associated with people who allow loved ones …

Drugs and Alcohol

Any clinician in this day and age who overlooks and fails to check for drug and alcohol abuse as a primary component of negative teenage behavior is either irresponsible or …

Detachment

Ideally, detachment is releasing, or detaching from, a person or problem with love. Detachment is based on the premise that each person is responsible for himself or herself, that we …

Dagga tests mental health, study finds

The Daily Mail (week/commencing 28 Feb 2010) JENNY HOPE – LONDON Young people who use dagga are doubling their risk of developing psychotic symptoms experts warn. And mental health problems …

Choking game

When child’s play becomes deadly May 3 2013 at 08:47pm By Lindsay Ord On a Tuesday afternoon in June 2004, Gavin and Wanda Cocks found their 16-year-old son, Edwin, dead …

Bipolar

1. Doing nothing and hope the problem fixes itself Year after year, my dad thought like this. He always thought that it would work itself out. He ignored things that …

Are you a mean mom?

Someday when my children are old enough to understand the logic that motivates a parent, I will tell them, as my mean Mom told me: I loved you enough to …

Anita Bosman

7 years ago, my mother was diagnosed with cancer and given two months to live, I was not in a very good place at all. Then my sister- in law …