Mindfulness Exercises for Relieving Stress

By Robert Common, Managing Partner, The Beekeeper The current global situation has resulted in many of us feeling a little overwhelmed at times. Tiredness, frustration, and lack of motivation are feelings many people have been experiencing during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. For some, working from home has caused work life to blur with personal life. […]

Buddhist Approaches to Mental Health

By Robert Common, Managing Partner, The Beekeeper Buddhism teaches its followers to learn to look within themselves for truth and meaning. It also teaches that to successfully address issues in our lives, we need to focus on ourselves rather than external factors. In many ways, this concept can apply to the way we talk and […]

Using Mind-Body Practices to Treat Substance Use Disorder

Substance use disorder is a mental health condition that makes it difficult for a person to control their use of substances, such as drugs or alcohol, due to changes that occur in the brain after prolonged, repeated substance use [1, 2]. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that as of 2020, […]

Successful Approaches for Treating Substance Use Disorder

In 2019, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) reported that 35 million people struggle with some form of substance use disorder, including drug or alcohol use disorders, during their lifetime [1]. That’s around 13% of the world’s population.   Substance use disorders can greatly impact a person’s ability to lead a productive […]

Family Support for Substance Use Disorder

Around 13% of people worldwide struggle with some form of alcohol or drug dependence during their lifetime. These statistics equate to nearly 35 million people struggling with a substance use disorder. [1] One of the most beneficial and necessary factors in drug or alcohol abuse recovery is the degree of support the person in need […]

How Stigmas Surrounding Substance Use Disorder Create Barriers for Care

As of 2020, the World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that about 270 million people worldwide, or more than 5% of the population, between ages 15-64, use illegal and/or psychoactive drugs [1], including cannabis, opioids and prescription pain medication, and psychostimulants such as amphetamines, cocaine, and heroine [2]. Of these 270 million, as of 2019, it […]

When Does Social Drinking Become Harmful?

When you encounter stressful situations, what routines have you developed to handle them? Do you meditate? Do you engage in an activity as a physical outlet for the stress? Do you pray? Do you let the emotions pass and flow through you? Coping mechanisms for stress can be just as diverse as its causes. For […]

What Does a Year of Sobriety Feel Like?

One year. It can seem like a drop in the bucket of life, or like an entire lifetime lived in 365 days. What if one year ago you began your sobriety? What changes have happened after being one year sober? Recovery always involves growth, and a lot of growth can happen in a year. Without […]

The Physical Experience of Recovery From Addiction

Since ancient times, healers have performed cleansing rituals for unwanted spirits. This is a tradition that spans many religions, but is particularly important in the practice of Buddhism. The early physical experiences of recovery are closely related to this spiritual practice. In Western terminology, the initial physical state after removing a drug from the body […]