Addiction

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, Impolitikal.com, hosted Control: a panel chat featuring Dominic Hoey a.k.a Tourettes, Damaris Coulter and I, and ho...

'Digital Crack' Babies

Martyn Stewart | Posted 25.04.2016 | UK Parents
Martyn Stewart

Despite rewiring our minds, one constant remains. The human desire for loving connections and the natural consequences of this; children! Even when addicted to drugs, humans don't stop having children and just like the epidemic before it, an unforeseen legacy lingers.

Why Don't You Drink Now?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

You could take away every positive non-drinking has ever given me. You could bring back into my life every negative that dissolved as a non drinker. I'd cope with them all. Everything except the itching. The feeling of having never had enough. I will never, ever stand for such a feeling in my life again. Nothing is worth that.

The Silent Scream

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 15.04.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Gia Marie Barbera

There is fear in talking about being a victim of rape; fear of not being believed, fear of what the perpetrator will do, fear of being judged, fear of...

Duncan Macmillan: Why The Theatre Must Do Battle With Netflix

The Huffington Post | Jessie Thompson | Posted 29.03.2016 | UK

When People Places and Things opened in the West End last week, it didn’t do so quietly. After selling out the National Theatre’s intimate Dorfm...

Boy Cuts Off Own Finger After Argument With Father About Phone Use

The Huffington Post | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK Tech

Think you're addicted to your smartphone? A young boy in China had to undergo emergency surgery after he deliberately cut off his finger following an...

There Is a Way

Sharon Bull | Posted 03.03.2016 | UK
Sharon Bull

Cover Design - Socciones "In 2010 I woke up!" The opening line of my speech at 'Derby Women's Centre' on Wednesday the 24th February 2016. My fift...

Welcome to My Family of Addicts

Sophia Parvizi-Wayne | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Sophia Parvizi-Wayne

Both my uncles are obsessive shoppers, both of whom are equally obsessive about paying the bill at any given restaurant. Both my grandfathers died from a smoking addiction and my Grandma has a tendency to clean manically when stressed. Three members of my family have a tendency to over-eat and are incapable of stopping and my mum can't sit still until all the drawers and doors in the house are shut.

We need to talk about gambling and its effects on society

Adam Bradford | Posted 01.03.2016 | UK
Adam Bradford

Today marks the launch of Gambling Awareness Month. One entire month that I am going to dedicate to raising awareness of the problems that gambling can cause for individuals and their families.

Is Online Brutality Shaping Our Modern Minds?

Jonnie Bayfield | Posted 15.01.2016 | UK Tech
Jonnie Bayfield

It was this context that unsettled me most. Such brutality sitting neatly beside such mundanity. Has this become the mindset of a generation, or indeed, a species? That if anything doesn't fit into our own personal context, then it is worthless?

Christmas Present - Sober

Pete Jackson | Posted 18.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Pete Jackson

I got sober in September 2009, and spent that Christmas volunteering in a homeless shelter. I'd love to say that this act was selfless, born out of a simple desire to do some good; and that was part of it... Honestly...

The Queue at the Kiosk

Kylie Barton | Posted 04.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Kylie Barton

We live in an age where spending £20 on various scratch cards and lottery tickets which have a minimal chance of a decent (if any) return is this section of society's best chance of bettering itself. Boy, isn't that sad.

The Life-Changing Power of a Smile

Charlotte Cramer | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
Charlotte Cramer

I rearranged my scarf to cover my nose; pulled my fingers out of my gloves and curled them into my palms, making a fist. "It's freezing...it's freezin...

Some 'Tampon Tax' Funding Must Help the Most Excluded Women

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK Politics
Katharine Sacks Jones

George Osborne is already coming under fire for using the 'tampon tax' to fund women's charities, particularly those responding to abuse. Many are (rightly) asking whether women should have to pay tax on essential items to fund the services that help them escape abuse predominantly perpetrated by men. But despite these concerns, more money for chronically underfunded women's services is welcome. Now we must look at how we spend it.

'Legal Highs' and Prison Lows - My View From Inside

Dan Rolfe | Posted 23.11.2015 | UK
Dan Rolfe

I was lucky and never had any of the frightening effects spice can have, but I saw others who used it have 'spice attacks'. It's like they were having heart attacks, not knowing where they were, collapsing. Men would smoke half a gram in one go. They'd wander out of the cell, and the next thing they'd be on the floor or in health care. A lot would call for their mums.

Alcoholism: From Anger to Acceptance

Amy Jane Smith | Posted 19.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Amy Jane Smith

Having some space, literally through living away, but also the space afforded by sobriety as relapses got further and further apart, I was able to understand the situation a little more, and to feel more accepting of it.

Everyone In America Is Talking About This Humane Plea On Drug Addiction

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.11.2015 | UK Politics

NEW YORK -- Away from the circus of Donald Trump demanding an Israeli-style wall across the border and Ben Carson calling for biblical tithing to repl...

Starbucks Helped Me Give up Coffee

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 29.10.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I don't think I'm alone in hating Starbucks, the American coffee shop that has spread its tentacles all over the world. They haven't lied like Volkswagen did but they are hypocrites. The annoying thing is that I need Starbucks and if you get to the second half of this article I will explain why.