Addiction

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 05.05.2015 | 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.

Why We Want to Put Ourselves Out of Business... And End Addiction

John Dicey | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
John Dicey

Our single stated aim when it came to curing the world of smoking was to effectively put ourselves out of business - by curing all the smokers in the world. To really achieve our aim we do need governments to engage with us. With one eye on their treasury coffers one wonders whether there's a government out there genuinely interested in eradicating addiction.

Never Again...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Levene

I firmly believe we tie ourselves down by saying Never again. Surely better to ask ourselves why we did what we did. So often, we deny ourselves of letting ourselves off the hook, so to speak. I regularly ask my clients to ask themselves good questions. Invariably, good questions elicit good responses.

When a Relationship With Alcohol Turns Sour

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

Many people jokingly say they "need a drink" after a stressful day. But for some, a few seemingly harmless glasses of wine after work can turn into a stress-relieving habit that can be hard to break.

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Scary!

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

When I arrived at the address I saw an open door with a small, blue "AA" sticker on it. But it was a big building with many floors. How would I find the right room? I assumed it would be in the basement but it was deserted. I then went up the stairs to the first floor where I saw an open door and heard voices. I swallowed my anxiety and went in.

Poorna Bell

'Caffeine Addiction Is As Real As Being Hooked On Heroin'

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us wouldn’t have a slab of hash first thing in the morning, a toke of heroin before a work meeting or a line of cocaine to perk you up in th...

My Digital Addiction

Phil Lavelle | Posted 04.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Phil Lavelle

Would you - a shy Brit - rather spend a weekend locked up in a forest with a load of crazy Americans? Or would you give up your phone, tablet and eveything else and go cold turkey for four days? I did both this summer - and I felt like I was on the edge of a nervous breakdown an hour in.

Addicts Share Moment They Hit Rock Bottom

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

People with addictions have shared the moment they hit rock bottom as part of a powerful photo series shared exclusively with HuffPost UK Lifestyle. ...