Addiction

This Is What Happens In Britain's First Technology Addiction Clinic

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 01.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

[Picture: ADAM HESTER VIA GETTY IMAGES] Standing in the reception of Nightingale Hospital, there is one thing that sets it apart from any NHS w...

The Last Five Years

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I held a mistaken belief for a long time that sober was a static place of being. That it was starting with an instantly perfect package. Luckily I was wrong. Because if I had been right. If sobriety had turned up in the guise of instant perfection? Well that would make it the end, rather than the beginning. I couldn't have gone anywhere from there.

A Third of Us Will Have Tried Drugs in Two Years Time

Martin Preston | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Martin Preston

The nature of addiction means it's never possible to know if you'll become addicted before trying a substance. Nor is it simple to pinpoint the moment that a habit becomes an addiction. Taking the idea of 'illegal' drugs out of the equation might help you think more about what you're predisposed to - most people underestimate the dangers of alcohol as a drug, too.

Why I Love Addicts (And You Should Too)

Jojo Furnival | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Does depression/anxiety cause addiction, or is it the other way around? I think of Luke, Rick and Bjorn, and the many others I met and became friends with during my stay at New Life, and I wonder, did anyone think to ask them?

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The Black review presents us with an opportunity to build political momentum to overcome the policy inertia which has undermined efforts to improve the employability of all excluded groups under successive governments over many decades. It is an opportunity the treatment sector needs to seize.

The Drugs Don't Work

Susie Edmonds | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Edmonds

He had every chance, a supportive family, a girlfriend, a baby and a son he was going to adopt. He had a job and the chance to go to rehab but none of it was enough. One by one he lost us all, preferring the company of drink and drugs.

Want a Better Life? Go Teetotal

Jon Young | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

Alcohol has hi-jacked situations that automatically give us what we need. It's the squeaky clean boss who claims the credit for all the work done by the rest of the team. Or the goal-hanging striker who gets the plaudits for scoring the winning goal.

Drugs and Addiction: It's Time for Impartiality

Jason Reed | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Jason Reed

Isn't it about time we afforded society and all of its members the dignity of treating a possible dependency through professionalism and basic levels of understanding. We set ourselves up for a fall when we try to distinguish who's entitled to care based on the noun of what their problem may be. Addictions shouldn't be feared, but they should have default impartiality.

Liverpool's Best Bar Serves No Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Within minutes of entering The Brink my expectations had been demolished. The pub was full of normal looking people (not a depressing looking drunk in sight), light poured into a big space from huge skylights, the décor was inspiring, the artwork on the wall was good and the music intriguing.

Amy Winehouse - A Lost Little Girl, Who Could Have Been Saved

BritChick Paris | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
BritChick Paris

The media after her death in July 2011, focussed on her alcohol and drug abuse. But they didn't mention her bulimia, nor the depression she wrestled with since she was a teen. The new documentary film on her life directed by Asif Kapadia sets the record straight, telling the tale of a brilliant woman who was plagued with self-doubt and deficient in resilience.

The EU Should Restrict Codeine

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

The EU ignores the elephant in the room: codeine is a highly addictive painkiller that has a negative impact on youth in the EU and the USA. The risk of addiction is barely mentioned in their recommendation.

Dramatic Rise in Prison Suicide

Caspar Walsh | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Caspar Walsh

In 1999 I worked with a group of men looking to offer younger men in trouble the chance to find a way in to a better life. This led to the founding of the charity abandofbrothers (ABoB) in 2008. This ground-breaking organisation offers a new way to address issues arising from mental ill health, crime and addiction.

Could the Next US President be a Online Gaming Addict?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

While the Ted Cruz Electoral Machine is in full throttle, something disrupted his schedule: he poked his nose out out of the closet as a possible online games addict.

Can Hip Hop Educate About Addiction?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I recently edited an article called Rapping About Addiction and it was a useful opportunity to overcome my own prejudices about this musical genre. C...

The Shocking Numbers That Show How Britain's Taste For Drugs Is Changing

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

Hospital admissions for synthetic cannabis use have increased by a third, a worldwide drugs survey has found, while "super dose" ecstasy pills are hos...

The Curse of Methadone

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 29.05.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I'm thinking of writing a novel, a dystopia, in which the population are kept in check by the free availability of mind-numbing drugs like heroin, as ...

Change or Die

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 18.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I don't remember whether this tattoo was Hebrew or Chinese. And I wouldn't be able to recall it again if l saw it now. I asked him what I meant. He replied. "Change or die". To this day it's the single most accurate sentence I've ever heard regarding recovery. Any type of recovery.

Addicts Reveal The True Cost Of Their Addiction In Candid Photo Series

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A candid photo series has given people living with addiction the chance to share their experiences and the reality of what their addiction has truly c...

Gadgets Are Becoming More Confusing

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 14.05.2015 | UK Tech

The British public think technology is becoming ever more confusing, but they are still willing to spend on the latest kit. This is according to a ne...

'Incredible Hulk' Bodybuilder Opens Up About Life-Threatening Addiction

Barcroft | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A bodybuilder who aspired to be like the Incredible Hulk has revealed how he risked his life injecting oil into his arms to make them bigger. Roma...

Candy Crush Is Wrecking Your Brain

Xavier Toby | Posted 28.06.2015 | UK Comedy
Xavier Toby

Despite what the game developers might claim, Candy Crush etc are basically games of luck where it's impossible to predict when you're going to win, and you're permitted to win just often enough to keep you coming back. The exact same theory applies to the matches provided by dating websites, pies at the football and late night kebabs.

Addicted To Success

Malminder Gill | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malminder Gill

Looking at different addictions, not every habit is dangerous. You can become addicted to learning, or addicted to working out, or even addicted to working. Anything in an overabundance can be unhealthy and unbalanced.

From Caffeine Fiend to Caffeine Free

Harvey Wilks | Posted 10.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Harvey Wilks

Caffeine addiction is something from which more people 'suffer' than would probably care to admit, because really we don't see it as an addiction. Nicotine dependence gives you cancer and emphysema; alcoholism gives you liver disease and driving bans; meth could result in a face different to the one you were born with.

A Compassionate Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 05.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

I lost my job as a top sales executive with a British brand leader, my company car, wardrobe of designer clothes and shoes, credit cards, my home and consequently my self-respect, because I placed all this material stuff above everything else.

My Trauma - Their War

William Shield | Posted 14.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Trauma is not as black and white as people think. I will fight to the death against being categorised or labelled, I am suffering from something. Whatever it is it's greyer than a British summer, there is no black and white.