Addiction

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.

How Come Parents Need to Man Up?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 30.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lykke Scheel Lyons

Children need parents to act like parents by setting boundaries and telling them whenever they are behaving badly. While you may mistakenly think that your child will become your friend and thank you in years to come for your weak boundaries and disclipline, they will not.

Becoming Teetotal: Just Like a Messy Break-up

Jon Young | Posted 27.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

When I speak to people about my sobriety, they imagine either that I am fighting a constant battle against temptation or that I no longer have any thoughts about drinking at all. The reality is somewhere in between. The best way to describe it is through the metaphor of something most of us can relate to - a relationship with an ex-partner, from the initial meet, to the aftermath of the break-up.

Plain Packaging: A Victory for Freedom and Democracy

Jon Young | Posted 24.03.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Young

As an ex-drinker, I still look at a bottle of Old Speckled Hen with feelings of nostalgia, as it links to a time when I was in a pub with friends after a hard day's work. Plain packaging will remove this link and (in my opinion) will undoubtedly lead to a drop in smoking rates.

My Life is Now Virtual

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 22.03.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

Last weekend my university internet broke and I had run out of mobile data, at first the thought of being without internet for a few days genuinely panicked me.

Binge Drinking Ruining Your Life? It's Probably a Self Esteem Issue

Jon Young | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

I dreaded public speaking/presentations (I drunk about six pints before a best man's speech) because I knew I was being judged by onlookers. I was petrified of first dates and would drink four ales (sometimes five) beforehand. All social occasions would be accompanied by alcohol.

The Keyword for Addiction Treatment is "Recovery"

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 17.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

To those of us on the inside the word "recovery" makes perfect sense. When someone says "I'm in recovery" I know immediately that they've been through hell, have faced their demons and is dealing with life "a day at a time" - another of AA's many useful aphorisms.

This Is How to Halt Instant Gratification

Jojo Furnival | Posted 08.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Google will provide an answer to pretty much anything, but I'm afraid there are some things that Google just can't help us with. Google can't tell you what you should be doing with your life, or reassure you that you made the right decision yesterday. So, in our fragile, digitally reliant states, we worry. And more and more of us are worrying more of the time.

Why We Need A New Resolution on Crisis Care

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

What's needed is appropriate crisis intervention on two levels. Firstly, we need clinically led, safe services with clear protocols so that people get the support they need as quickly as possible- and helped to recover as soon as they can. What are also needed are crisis houses, places of respite.

Are You the Christmas Party Performing Chimp?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If you are going to black-out at 10pm, why not just go home? What's the difference between leaving a party early, and drinking to oblivion early? Either way you are intentionally checking out and not being there anymore. The only difference really is feeling the pressure of expectation. Of being other people's chimp. Performing for drinks and approval.