Addiction Is Lonely, But Recovery Is A Path Best Shared

Tayana Simons | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Isolation can be a cause of addiction. It's also a common symptom. It might be a chicken or the egg argument, but addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their addiction. On the other hand, isolation can also be the trigger that leads people down the road of substance abuse.

Change A Mind: Addiction And Society

Luke Chandley | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Chandley

Drug addiction hurts me because it's so utterly heartbreaking to see someone destroy themselves. It's that simple. Or no, actually, it's not that simple. Drug addiction hurts me because it's so utterly heartbreaking to see someone with a disease so misunderstood destroy themselves. There's a big difference.

Think You Are Not An Addict

Johan MacIver | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Johan MacIver

What about your mobile phone? How do you feel when you have left it at home? Do you feel anxious, uncomfortable, that you are missing something and you can't stop thinking about it... When you are out for dinner do you constantly check your phone?

Dear Hadia Tajik, Leader Of The Justice Commitee

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

Hadia Tajik, the Vice President of the largest political party in Norway, was challenged on national radio by Health Minister Bent Høie; would she still punish drug users? Her reaction; being evasive, making a point of being against legalization and saying young people using illegal drugs at a party to 'act cool' should expect to be met with punitive sanctions.

Yes We Love (This Country)

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

Well, Mr Høie, today is the day I on behalf of over 10.000 of my fellow addicts in Norway finally can and will identify you as a minister of health, also for us, not only working to benefit the health of people with cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. Today we can take in over us the fact that you, as the most powerful health politician, finally, as I did with you in New York, sees us, both as human beings with resources that society can benefit from.

This Fake Instagram Account Tricked Thousands To Make A Subtle But Important Point

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Louise Delage, an 25-year-old French model who quickly became an Instagram sensation after posting snaps of her lavish lifestyle. Delage joined I...

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Arthur Peirce | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.

Martini Man Or Craft Beer Connoisseur? Premium Drinking Can Still Be Problem Drinking

Mark Holmes | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Holmes

What many are finding is that as their after-work IPA becomes a nightly old fashioned (or two) as well, the proliferation of premium alcohol may be leading them unwittingly into problem drinking.

When Drinking Isn't The Answer

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

But in my current situation, there was never a moment of willpower, because it was crystal clear to me that alcohol had absolutely no place in my life. Even though, let's face it, I didn't even have a life, to speak of, during these years.

Smoking Leaves A Footprint On Your DNA, Even After You Quit

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but scientists have now revealed that smoking leaves a ‘footprint’ on your DNA that stays long...

I Lost Three Years Of My Life To Drugs

Richard Manning | Posted 11.09.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Manning

I was 16 when I started experimenting with drugs and I used them as a form of escapism. I became addicted to substances like cocaine, amphetamines and ketamine and took them continuously for three years. During one binge I took a cocktail of cocaine, ketamine and ecstasy for three days straight and was terrified I was going to die.

11 Things You'll Only Understand If You're Addicted To Coffee

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 26.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Can’t imagine living without your morning cup of coffee? A new study has revealed that your caffeine addiction might actually be encoded in your DNA...

Stripped Bare

Sharon Bull | Posted 24.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

Going public with regard to mental health issues, past mistakes and life errors that most people would probably choose to closet, rather than use as examples in a book to help others was a huge gamble to take, but for me it was a venture worth the risk.

Addiction and Codependency

Maria Khan | Posted 23.08.2016 | UK
Maria Khan

Jason had lived this life for several years, hoping after every relapse that this might be his addict partner's final awakening, her rock bottom but he had been a victim again and again -suffering a monotonous chain of trauma, lies and disappointment. And here he was, he hadn't budged an inch, scavenging through a few happy moments to get him through the day.

Ellie's Story: An Avoidable Death. Why We Need To Treat Addiction And Mental Illness Together

Joy Hibbins | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Joy Hibbins

This is Ellie's story which I hope highlights the need for changes in the way we help people who are using alcohol or other drugs and who also have significant mental health issues.

We'll All Be Losers If We Don't Solve Inequality

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 04.08.2016 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Equality is better for everyone- it means we live in a healthier, safer and more dynamic society. But social justice will only become a reality if we are all willing to embrace change, and start listening to those who could benefit most from our new Prime Minister's vision.

Life Lessons Disability Taught Me No.1 - Addiction

Mik Scarlet | Posted 01.08.2016 | UK
Mik Scarlet

OK, this isn't an in-depth account of how to beat all addiction, but it a brief exploration of how I have made sure I am not a slave to it's effects. I cannot avoid addiction entirely as my pain will remain with me for all my life, but I hope my experiences as a disabled person can help others.

Need Your Online Fix? Part 2: Are Young People at Greater Risk From Gambling Addiction?

Tayana Simons | Posted 28.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Tayana Simons

The relative newness of this type of 'gateway' into gambling means that it is difficult to prove any link at this stage. With more games and apps being produced by the minute,it is clear that awareness from the gambling industry will be key to regulation, and therefore protection of young people in the future.

Addicted To Sugar? Here's How To Kick The White Stuff For Good

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Sugar addiction is no laughing matter: extensive research has shown sugar is as addictive as cocaine and cigarettes, and humans binge on sugar in the ...

Need Your Online Fix? Four Growing Internet Based Addictions

Tayana Simons | Posted 08.07.2016 | UK Tech
Tayana Simons

Data leaks, trolling, cyber bullying, dark webs and hacking scandals have been just a few of the big stories to hit the press over the past decade, but there is also an equally worrying issue affecting an increasingly number of internet users, particularly in the younger generations; addiction. And it comes in many different forms

Twenty-Nine Facts You Should Know About Psychiatry and Why It Is Helping the Person Next to You

Carmine Pariante | Posted 29.06.2016 | UK Tech
Carmine Pariante

Public attitudes towards mental health have also improved thanks to efforts from psychiatrists through the Time for Change anti-stigma campaign; for example, in the last five years, fewer people with mental health problems have experienced discrimination in their social life or in securing a job.

UKESAD: A Festival About Addiction

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 04.06.2016 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

UKESAD is a vast get-together of those who work in addiction treatment: therapists, counsellors, managers of rehab clinics, medics and camp-followers like me. They do an important job - saving people from addiction and maybe even an early death - but are unknown to the media and the public.

A Blanket Ban Suggests There Is a Simple Answer to Legal Highs - The Truth Is Much Hazier

Paul Noblet | Posted 27.05.2016 | UK
Paul Noblet

A blanket ban in itself is perhaps not a bad thing. But placing the burden wholly on the police to eradicate NPS use is unlikely to yield results. The government must do better and it could start by increasing the paltry £180,000 it currently spends on educating young people about drugs. .. Education and medical support can be no more expensive than condemning vulnerable young users to long sentences in prison. And this is not the binary problem the government's catch-all law suggests. A ban may keep costs off the statute book, but it won't conceal the reasons some of the most vulnerable young people are turning to often dangerous, now illegal highs.

Can Charities Counter Housing Decisions That Leave Vulnerable People at Risk?

Beth Burgess | Posted 18.05.2016 | UK
Beth Burgess

Thousands of pounds, which might have been spent on B&B accommodation, substance- or violence-related hospital admissions, and re-imprisonment are saved when people are supported to heal and grow with specialist services and safe accommodation.

Anxiety, Addiction and Arthritis: How We Got Through It

Sarah Illingworth | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Illingworth

On February 21 the site I run,, hosted Control: a panel chat featuring Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes, Damaris Coulter and I, and ho...