Addiction

Fibs, Lies and Porky Pies Number One - It's OK If We're Only Lying to Ourselves Right?

Leanne Davis | Posted 18.09.2014 | UK Comedy
Leanne Davis

We don't intend to drink two bottles of wine when we specifically said we were only going to have one glass. That I would call weak-willed. Falling into the world-wide-web I would label as procrastination. And when we say we have learned our lesson and will never date someone 'like that' again, we genuinely mean it.

Royal Ramblings: The Underbelly of Wrestling

Danny Stone | Posted 12.09.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Professional wrestling is a colourful, jolly and light-hearted form of entertainment. We become personally invested in the trials and tribulations of our on-screen heroes (and villains) who shoulder the burden of iconic status for many people across the world. It is perhaps therefore no wonder that news of depression, addiction and death are particularly shocking for wrestling fans.

Why I Don't Think that Depression Is a Disease

Danny McCubbin | Posted 11.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I would hear myself say the same old thing whenever I would go off the rails or be confined to my bedroom for days "there's nothing I can do, I have a chemical in balance, it's a disease...." I don't think that anymore and I can honestly say that I am happy.

Seven Levels of Facebook

Jacqueline Ward | Posted 10.09.2014 | UK Tech
Jacqueline Ward

During lunch with my daughter the other day I found myself discussing Facebook. Again. It seems that everywhere people are checking their status or talking about social networking in general and Facebook in particular.

Is Our Key to Happiness Unlocking Who We Spiritually Are?

Tony Lobl | Posted 01.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

That refusal arms us with the all-important key to unlock the gates of self-preoccupation and open our hearts to the health-giving joy of loving - and living - who it is we spiritually are.

Why Flying Ryanair Can Make You Happy

Danny McCubbin | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

Last Friday I had followed my own advice and everything was going smoothly but then for some reason I started feeling agitated at everything that was happening around me. Why was the bloke next to me hogging both armrests? Why was the flight attendant so angry and snappy with the customers?

Addiction Treatment Is the Preserve of the Wealthy

Christian Guy | Posted 19.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christian Guy

All too often election year politics ends up as a tit for tat race to polling day. Committing to a Treatment Tax may not attract many new voters but it would be right thing to do for the hundreds of thousands of people, and their families, cut adrift by the current failures.

What's in Your Head..?

Liz Fraser | Posted 18.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Liz Fraser

Approximately 450 million people worldwide have some kind of 'mental health problem' right now. And they have really, honestly tried very hard to pull their socks all the way up, and Get Over It.

I Quit - Portrait of a Retiring Smoker

Kirsty Lemare | Posted 14.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Kirsty Lemare

As I hit my late twenties, I was spending as much time as a non-smoker as I was a smoker. I would wean myself off, stay off for a while (once even an entire year) then suddenly that feeling of missing a vital part of my identity would over-ride logic (usually following a glass of wine or four) and before you know it - bam.

Na-Nu Na-Nu

Zoe Clark-Coates | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Zoe Clark-Coates

What a tragic loss to the world of comedy. Without writing any more words you know who I am speaking of....the legend that is Robin Williams.

The Magic Men Making Us Broke

Vivi Friedgut | Posted 12.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Vivi Friedgut

Companies design for planned obsolescence - so that products breakdown forcing us to buy more and more often. But it was us that created psychological obsolescence. We want the newest, shiniest whatever the second it is available regardless of whether the slightly older, slightly less shiny thing is still working perfectly or is in no way demonstrably inferior.

Why We Need More Awareness Around Hippie Crack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It would be easy to assume that laughing gas is pretty harmless. After all, its name does suggest that it could be the gateway to a good time. How...

Why Sober Cheerleading Works (And Why I'm Gutted That it Does)

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I make no secret of the fact that I don't like addiction counsellors. The methods they work from are totally outdated. They are obsessed with dragging up the past instead of focusing on the present... most of all I dislike them because an addiction counsellor is a role undertaken by people who leave Rehab and don't know what to do with their lives.

Are You Addicted to Being Busy?

Jayne Morris | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Jayne Morris

I used to be addicted to busyness. I could not sit still for longer than five minutes without feeling the urgent need to be doing something productive. There was always something drawing my attention for me to work on. I was unaware that I had made busyness the purpose of my life. In all of my busyness I forgot to look after myself.

Newsflash - Heroin Addicts CAN Be Good Mothers!

Robin Sherwood | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Sherwood

I was eight years old when I accidentally walked in on my mum injecting heroin in the kitchen. I'll never forget the confused look on her face - the warm embrace of the opiates blunted any acute feelings shame and panic, leaving her with an ugly, dumbfounded grimace. Luckily, this episode was the turning point in both our lives...

This Is How You Can Tell If Someone You Know Has A Sex Addiction

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Sex addiction is a dirty phrase. The general attitude is that of a filthy joke, not an issue that should be treated as a serious problem. Despite...

HIV Has Become the Latest Victim of War

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Being HIV positive, it is all these people that have saved my life and to think that they had to sacrifice their lives for this futile feud going on that is merely about fuelling high powered leaders ego's, is sickening.

This Pill May Be Able To Help Alcoholics With Addiction

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Alcoholics should be offered a once-a-day tablet on the NHS to try to help them curb their addiction, health officials have said. The drug nalmefen...

How These Two Questions Will Determine If Alcohol Is Not Your Friend

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us have enough drinking experience behind our belts and on our waistlines, to have a) done something really stupid b) woken up full of regrets...

Video Games 'As Addictive As Heroin'?

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech

The Sun has become the target of criticism online after it claimed video games were "as addictive as heroin". A splash inside the paper on Tuesday ...

Is There Only One Road to Recovery?

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 07.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

After reading about Robin Williams re admitting himself to rehab I was reminded of the journey I have taken as a recovering crack cocaine addict.

Starting With a Stop Is F*cking Up Your Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 05.09.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

For you it's the morning where self-loathing kicks in yet again. The feeling of squandering yet another weekend, f*cking up by doing sh*t you promised yourself you wouldn't do. You even meant it this time when you said it.

This Guy's Kids And Wife Aren't A Fan Of His New Look

Barcroft Media | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Colourful Keith Gordon had agonising skins grafts to remove his teen tattoos - only to spend nearly £15,000 redoing them all over his face and body. ...

Gambling Is a Losers Game

Nick Clements | Posted 30.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Since the inception of the National Lottery gambling has rapidly become acceptable and part of our everyday lifestyle. This has spawned a multimillion pound industry, very cleverly dividing us into gender gambling, woman using bingo, men betting on sport.

Marijuana Is a Dangerous Drug: But It's Time to Legalise It

David Smallwood | Posted 26.08.2014 | UK Politics
David Smallwood

One thing that I am certain of after nearly 20 years working as an addiction therapist is that current drug policies in the UK are simply not working. As a society we have chosen to deal with the problem of drug addiction mainly by banning harmful substances and pursuing users and suppliers through the courts.