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.

Danniella Westbrook Checking Into Treatment Facility As She Continues To Battle 'Demons'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Percival | Posted 27.03.2017 | UK Entertainment

Danniella Westbrook has admitted she is checking herself into a treatment centre again. The former ‘EastEnders’ actress, who has battled cocaine a...

How Addiction Changed My Life

Laraine Jewell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Laraine Jewell

Alcohol and drug addiction affects more than just user. It also affects family and friends, who are usually the ones to pick up the pieces time and time again, and who (in the worst case scenario) are left dealing with the grief of losing a loved one due to their addiction.

Freud's Slip Up

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 07.03.2017 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

Freud's original sin in the 1900s happened at the expense of hysterical women. In our century, drug addicts are at risk of being neglected. When I me...

Why I'm Not Reading The News (And Neither Should You)

Caroline Bourne | Posted 24.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Caroline Bourne

Last week, I stepped off the news rollercoaster and had a break. After idly staring at a vast starry sky on a lonely beach I made a decision not to get back on that crazy ride and ignore the newsfeed on my phone. At least for a while.

What Do The Archbishop Of Canterbury, A Muslim Convert And George Best's Son Have In Common?

Lauren Booth | Posted 21.02.2017 | UK
Lauren Booth

Archbishop Justin Welby, myself and Calum Best are adult children of alcoholics or COA's. This means that our early years, although vastly different i...

When Viewing Pleasure After Dark Gets Darker

Tasha Okeke | Posted 10.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Tasha Okeke

Porn addiction is not classified as an addiction in the DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual) but has the same effects as drugs. Like cocaine, it causes an increase of that feel-good chemical, dopamine which leaves users wanting more by engaging in more porn.

Three Steps I Took To Become Alcohol Free (And Carefree)

Jonathan Young | Posted 03.02.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Of course, eventually I would succeed, and far from the life downgrade I feared, the opposite happened. My success wasn't a fluke, it didn't happen overnight, it wasn't a result of willpower nor did I live in a hut in the woods for two years. In fact, there were three deliberate stages to it and I've shared them below.

Choose Life

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

But why would you choose something like this? Choosing not to choose life. Why not choose something else. What could be the reason? There is no good reason. Who needs reasons when you have heroin?

Toxic: Battling Addiction In The LGBT+ Community

Oriol Roche i Morgó | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Oriol Roche i Morgó

I moved to London just over a year ago, and was introduced almost immediately to the most active and vibrant LGBT+ scene that I had ever known. People around me were comfortable in their skins in a way that was new to me - they wore the rainbow flag with pride, dated openly and flirted unashamedly.

Partner Of A Sex/Porn Addict - Why Does Disclosure Matter?

Catherine Etherington | Posted 17.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Etherington

You know that feeling where someone you love has been lying to you? That feeling of having the rug pulled from under you? Imagine that feeling generated by the person you love most in the world. Then imagine it happening again. And again, and again.

Booze-Free Bar Offers Those With Alcohol Dependency A Space To Go And Have Fun

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 09.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle

A new bar is set to open in Middlesbrough with a view to providing people with drink problems a safe space to enjoy a night out. The venue, called Bar...

The Last Nine Months Of My Life

Ros Barresi | Posted 04.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Ros Barresi

I have been going out with an alcoholic for nine months. I didn't think I would ever go out with such a complex yet wonderfully confusing character. My life has been turned upside down to but now after all this time my life is beginning to calm down as it has now ended.