Abstinence

Breaking the Kafkaesque Cycle of Addiction

Will Self | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Will Self

You don't need to have suffered from addictive illness (although it undoubtedly helps) to understand that abstinence-based recovery is the only method that really works - in the sense of bringing the individual completely face-to-face with the underlying psychological problems that cause him or her to use drugs and alcohol in the first place. Nor do you need to be an addict (although, once again, in indisputably helps), to know that the current Kafkaesque condition of our prisons is a direct result of addiction treatments that are really nothing of the sort.

The Best Christmas Present

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 20.02.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I gave up alcohol as a New Year's Resolution at the end of 2006. Since then I haven't had a drop (actually that's not true, I did sip a gin and wine punch last weekend at a party and it was amazing). But it has been easy to 'stay stopped' and I never saw the point of starting drinking again.

The Re-Branding of Government Drugs Policy: Where Now for Harm Reduction?

Deborah Jack | Posted 17.10.2012 | UK Politics
Deborah Jack

While there are many contentious things to be said in the field of drug treatment, one uncontroversial truth is...not everyone is like Russell Brand.

Lovewise and Abortion Myths In Schools

Laura Hurley | Posted 19.09.2012 | UK Universities & Education
Laura Hurley

As someone who works for a pro-choice education project I've heard just about all the myths about abortion and contraception that are out there. Abortion is safe, legal and common - a third of women in the UK undergo the procedure in their lifetime.

No to Abstinence - Yes to Better Education

Ambi Sitham | Posted 13.03.2012 | UK Politics
Ambi Sitham

Nadine Dorries' proposals have been lambasted as being out of touch, based on religiosity and an attempt to impose Christian moral values on others as well as being sexist by targeting girls exclusively. Perhaps some of this is true and certainly some of her reasoning behind the bill is questionable if we are being polite, ludicrous if we are being blunt. But I can't help but think that whilst not hitting the nail on the head, she has touched a nerve that we as a society need to acknowledge and the government and educational authorities need to address.

Colombian Women End 'Crossed Legs' Strike After Government Agrees To Pave Road

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 17.12.2011 | UK

Women in the Colombian town of Barbacoas have ended a near-four month “crossed legs” strike. The women decided on the period of abstinence in ...