How To Spot The Signs Of Prescription Drug Addiction

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Louis Theroux’s ‘Dark States - Heroin Town’ documentary offered an insight into how prescription drug addiction can swiftly spiral out of contro...

When Will We Accept That Smartphones Are Addictive?

Mark Hillary | Posted 10.10.2017 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

But are we ignoring the addictive nature of smartphones? Try taking away someone's phone today and see how long they can cope without it. Look around on a train or bus and see how many people are lost to the real world, gazing blankly into their phone. Phone separation, or battery status, is now a genuine source of anxiety for many people.

Public Still Doesn't Understand How Serious Mental Illnesses Can Be, Experts Warn

The Huffington Post | Rachel Moss | Posted 26.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

We may be talking about mental health more than ever before, but the public still lacks understanding in how serious mental illnesses can be. Accordin...

The Government Is Making 'Staggering Cuts' To Addiction Services, Labour's Jon Ashworth Says

The Huffington Post | Kate Forrester | Posted 24.09.2017 | UK Politics

Labour has accused the government of “dismantling the country’s public health system” after shocking figures revealed two thirds of councils hav...

Amy's Place: Inside The Women-Only Rehab Centre, One Year On

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Little over a year ago, Amy’s Place opened its doors to women overcoming alcohol or drug addiction. The house, which was set up by The Amy Winehouse...

Sobriety: The First 1,000 Days

Neil Martin | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Neil Martin

I am sometimes asked what would happen if I did choose to drink again. The truth is, I don't know, but just as I don't know what would happen if someone was to open the door on an airplane mid-flight, I'm pretty sure that I also don't want to find out.

Social Media Is Dragging Us Into The Gutter: But I'm Told There 's A Way Out

Jonathan Young | Posted 27.07.2017 | UK Tech
Jonathan Young

Back in the real world, the social media use around me is continuing to irritate. The family and the twenty somethings are on their 16th choreographed photo - which is double the amount of conversations they've had. One of the cricketers is pretending to film his dad bowling, but I can see he is just watching YouTube. Most importantly, my battery is only on 10% - I'll have serious FOMO if it goes dead. I'd love to hear your thoughts on Facebook or Twitter.

Time For A Dose Of Reality: Drug And Alcohol Services Need More Funding To Survive

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

What causes addiction? Ask most people this question and I imagine most will say 'drugs cause addiction'. This is the story we have been told for many years fuelled by numerous experiments undertaken in the first half of the 20th Century. In these experiments a rat is put in a cage with two water bottles. One contains just water. The other is water laced with heroin or cocaine. Most of the rats drink until they overdose. Pretty conclusive, right? As it turns out, no.

Mermaid Life: How I'm Letting Go Of Sinking Habits

Leanne Davis | Posted 25.07.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Leanne Davis

Ah swimming. I miss it when I'm not doing it, a bit like sex with a passionate new lover. Though swimming leaves me much calmer, connected and less likely pregnant. I mean, I seriously hope less likely pregnant. What are the chances of getting pregnant Virgin Mary style in a public swimming pool I wonder?

Should We Remove Children From Drug Addicted Parents? Watch This BBC Documentary, Then Decide

Natasha Phillips | Posted 18.07.2017 | UK
Natasha Phillips

From the teenage boy who tells his mother not to be so hard on herself for relapsing - he tells her it's perfectly normal and that she should keep going - to the daughter who says to her mother she could do this, and get clean and that she wasn't alone, the wisdom, kindness and compassion the documentary allows us to witness, is a window into some of the greatest moments the human condition has to offer.

Davina McCall Admits She Will 'Never Be Recovered' From Past Addiction Issues

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 16.07.2017 | UK Entertainment

Davina McCall has opened up about her previous addiction issues, admitting she will “never be recovered”. The TV presenter was addicted to cocain...

During Filming I Quickly Came To Realise The Severity Of Northern Ireland's Dependence On Prescribed Medication

Adam Patterson | Posted 04.07.2017 | UK
Adam Patterson

Addiction is a difficult thing to comprehend and something we, as humans, are all prone to. We lust for life, for pleasure, success, acceptance. It's not an easy picture to accept. Addicts are viewed as abnormal, pushed out to edge of society, their uncontrollable needs are deemed a weakness. We don't have the time or resources to understand the unknown.

My 20k Diet Coke Addiction Was Harder To Quit Than Smoking, And I Bet There Are Thousands Out There Like Me

Charlotte Burns | Posted 06.06.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Charlotte Burns

I didn't expect much to come from it (apart from maybe people telling me I'm an idiot), but the response was overwhelming. Hundreds of people contacted me to tell me that they were addicted too. That giving up was harder than smoking and it was making them ill.

Addiction - One Of The Many Causes Of Homelessness

Stephen Fear | Posted 05.06.2017 | UK
Stephen Fear

The causes of homelessness are many and, despite common belief, not all are associated with the negative causes of excessive use of alcohol and non-prescription drugs. Undoubtably, many people do fall into homelessness because an addiction occurs. The root cause of this addiction isn't usually drugs or alcohol in themselves but more the circumstances that drive a person to need a prop.

These Ads For An Alcohol Delivery Service Have Been Banned After People Said They 'Trivialised Addiction'

PA | Rachel Moss | Posted 24.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Facebook posts by the alcohol delivery service Drink Doctor have been banned over complaints that the “irresponsible” ads trivialised addiction. O...

I Owe It To George To Keep His Warmth And Generosity Burning Bright

Kenny Goss | Posted 23.05.2017 | UK Entertainment
Kenny Goss

George was not a perfect man, but a warm and generous one - I owe it to his memory to keep that burning bright. This is why I have gone public on this fundraising mission- and want him to live on, not only through his music but also through the work of the Foundation- in the US, the UK and around the world.

The Science And Psychology Behind Why We Can't Resist Snacks

Sophie Morgan | Posted 22.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Sophie Morgan

I watched as a potato was dropped onto the production line and just 14 minutes later it emerged as a bag of crisps. It was still warm! And they take a picture of every single crisp before it goes into the bags. Any crisp that isn't perfect is removed. This is an industry that has perfected the art of making us come back for more.

Recovering Alcoholic Reveals The 'Ridiculous' Questions She's Tired Of Hearing

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 15.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A recovering alcoholic has revealed the questions you should never ask her, or anyone for that matter, when you notice they aren’t drinking. Writer ...

How I Went From Oxbridge, To Reuters, To Parliament, To Breakdown

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 12.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

That crack, that breakdown, that epiphany, while frightening at the time, was the best thing that ever happened to me. My mind, body, soul and spirit were trying to tell me something, trying to show me that my sanity and wellbeing lay in a different direction, on a different path.

Acceptance Is The Answer According To The Queen Of Bad Choices

Claire Ayres | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Claire Ayres

For Mental Health Awareness Week this year I was asked to write a post for the charity I volunteer at on the national theme of surviving or thriving. Using this I've had a look back at my long history of mental illness and reflected on when I've been surviving and when I've been thriving.

What To Do When You Can't Stop Doing

Lucy Farrington-Smith | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Lucy Farrington-Smith

I've been trying to focus for about an hour.

The Dark Side To Football That Deeply Disturbs Me

Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Natasha Hinde

It's Saturday, late afternoon and I'm watching the football. Everton are playing Swansea. The latter team's players are all in white and winning 1-0 against their rivals. But all of this doesn't matter. It's the words stamped across each player's chest that has my attention.

I Didn't Know What Inner Strength Was Until My Husband Took His Own Life

Poorna Bell | Posted 02.05.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

life less ordinary banner I wanted to have dignity. I wanted to have compassion. If someone was going through something similar, I wanted to be able to hold their hand and help them. I wanted to be the kind of person my husband always believed I was, even though I didn't quite believe it myself.

How To Survive Your Grief

Poorna Bell | Posted 27.04.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Poorna Bell

It's been nearly two years since my husband Rob passed away by suicide, proving that time can be both elastic and uncompromising. Elastic in that if I close my eyes, I can almost hear his voice in the next room. Uncompromising in that time moves on, relentlessly, even when I haven't been ready to let go or accept that he is really gone. Although there are circumstances that make each and every type of bereavement unique - mine was that Rob was my spouse, had depression and struggled with addiction - there is a universality in how we, as human beings, deal with grief.

Constantly Craving A Net Fix: When Our Kids Can't Stop Swiping

Jenny Afia | Posted 20.04.2017 | UK Parents
Jenny Afia

When it comes to online, we are living in a world of the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns. Let's not allow any online players to treat our children as if they are part of social experiment. We need regulation and proper discussion. And soon.