Mandy Saligari

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World Drug Day Blog: Treating the Addiction Not the Drug

(0) Comments | Posted 26 June 2013 | (17:58)

The mistake we all make when treating addiction is to fire fight and call that treatment.

Rehabs and addiction programmes tend to treat the manifestation of the addiction, not the condition itself and so of course people relapse.

Manifestations include drugs, alcohol, gambling, eating...

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Amazon Selling Legal Highs

(0) Comments | Posted 15 May 2013 | (12:39)

I was appalled to read the Daily Mail's lead story last weekend about Amazon selling legal highs, as I finished ordering a bout of birthday presents for my 6 year olds birthday on Amazon. Had I missed a trick in not buying him some Salvia or Meow Meow whilst there?...

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Why Legalisation of Drugs Won't Work

(37) Comments | Posted 17 December 2012 | (12:56)

On Friday I was invited to comment on BBC1 TV News following Nick Clegg's announcement on drug law reform. I of course accepted. His suggestion is that we decriminalize certain drugs and thereby free up resources to focus on treating addiction as an illness instead of as a crime. I...

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What Makes a Stalker?

(2) Comments | Posted 29 November 2012 | (23:00)

Stalking is now a criminal offence, and rightly so.

Not only to protect victims but also to provide a clear boundary for those who suffer from the kinds of mental illness that include obsessive and compulsive behaviours.

Thus stalking is described by the PM as "an abhorrent crime" which...

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'Functional Alcoholics' - An Oxymoron Fuelling Denial

(2) Comments | Posted 19 October 2012 | (00:00)

If you are alcoholic you cannot function as a whole person. That is one definition of the condition. There is a behaviour in place (alcohol) that compensates for an emotional need (eg stress, self esteem, intimacy) that has become a need in its own right (continued drinking) so that this...

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Child + Computer Games = Aggression

(1) Comments | Posted 10 October 2012 | (12:43)

This study suggests there is a proven link between games console use and heightened aggression in youngsters, and I wholeheartedly agree.

I have borne witness to countless examples of increased aggression in all 3 of my children after even brief periods of playing these games - it's the...

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How Could They Kill Their Children?

(0) Comments | Posted 5 October 2012 | (12:54)

When I hear stories about a father, or mother, who kills their children in a rage during a process of separation or divorce, I feel deeply sad. Of course it hurts but did they have to go that far? I feel angry that the possibility of this violence of emotion...

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