Addiction

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.

Alcoholics Reveal The Moment They Knew They Had A Drinking Problem

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 29.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

People who suffer from alcohol addiction have revealed the moment they knew their drinking had got out of hand. From hiding their alcohol consumption ...

9 Times Carrie Fisher Fought Against Mental Health Stigma

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 28.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle

The world is mourning the loss of our beloved Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday (27 December) aged 60, following a heart attack. While many know her ...

Christmas Tales From The Front Line

Laura Marshall | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Laura Marshall

giving back.jpg Christmas is the season of giving, but what if we were to shift the focus from giving presents to giving time, support or even just a listening ear? What may seem like a small gesture to you could mean the world to somebody that's struggling, and surely that's what Christmas is actually all about.

Alcohol And You: Why The Office Party Is Often Your Most Important Wake-Up Call Of The Year

Dr Niall Campbell | Posted 09.12.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Niall Campbell

Alcohol is toxic to your largest organ - your skin. The toxins make your skin less elastic and it is very ageing. Your liver will improve. It can handle small quantities, but excessive drinking causes it to get inflamed - which is what we call 'alcoholic hepatitis', a silent disease.

Leonard Cohen's Music Comforted Me Through Drug Addiction And Rehabilitation

Matt Rowland Hill | Posted 15.11.2016 | UK Entertainment
Matt Rowland Hill

When I woke up one day in rehab, clean and sober at last, trying to find a way forward without alcohol and drugs, I turned to Cohen again and again to make sense of the mixture of desolation and fragile hope I felt.

Wives And Partners Of Sex Addicts - What They Want You To Know

Catherine Etherington | Posted 10.11.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Catherine Etherington

I personally interact with hundreds of women on a regular basis who have lived, and are living, through the shattering discovery that their partners and husbands have a secret sexual life. I am committed to giving them a voice so I asked them what they would tell you if they had the chance. Below is a summary of the major points they wanted you to know.

Why The Whole UK Needs Drug Fix Rooms

Neil Woods | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Woods

As a police officer I used to work undercover among problematic drug users. I witnessed the chaotic lives where gangsters manipulated vulnerable people, sexually exploiting them, or steering them to commit crimes for their fix.

Do You Suffer From FOMO?

Zeyna Sanjania | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Zeyna Sanjania

Watching my Snapchat feed, the green monster inside me began to make an appearance as I saw, what seemed like, EVERYONE at a much coveted event. I tapped through short clips of customised cupcakes, gorgeous selfies and perfect poses. Damn it, why wasn't I invited? Everyone looks like they are having SO much fun. All those smiles prove it right?

Addiction Is Lonely, But Recovery Is A Path Best Shared

Tayana Simons | Posted 21.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Tayana Simons

Isolation can be a cause of addiction. It's also a common symptom. It might be a chicken or the egg argument, but addicted individuals tend to isolate themselves in order to hide their addiction. On the other hand, isolation can also be the trigger that leads people down the road of substance abuse.

Change A Mind: Addiction And Society

Luke Chandley | Posted 14.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Chandley

Drug addiction hurts me because it's so utterly heartbreaking to see someone destroy themselves. It's that simple. Or no, actually, it's not that simple. Drug addiction hurts me because it's so utterly heartbreaking to see someone with a disease so misunderstood destroy themselves. There's a big difference.

Think You Are Not An Addict

Johan MacIver | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Johan MacIver

What about your mobile phone? How do you feel when you have left it at home? Do you feel anxious, uncomfortable, that you are missing something and you can't stop thinking about it... When you are out for dinner do you constantly check your phone?

Dear Hadia Tajik, Leader Of The Justice Commitee

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 10.10.2016 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

Hadia Tajik, the Vice President of the largest political party in Norway, was challenged on national radio by Health Minister Bent Høie; would she still punish drug users? Her reaction; being evasive, making a point of being against legalization and saying young people using illegal drugs at a party to 'act cool' should expect to be met with punitive sanctions.

Yes We Love (This Country)

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 06.10.2016 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

Well, Mr Høie, today is the day I on behalf of over 10.000 of my fellow addicts in Norway finally can and will identify you as a minister of health, also for us, not only working to benefit the health of people with cancer, diabetes and heart diseases. Today we can take in over us the fact that you, as the most powerful health politician, finally, as I did with you in New York, sees us, both as human beings with resources that society can benefit from.

This Fake Instagram Account Tricked Thousands To Make A Subtle But Important Point

The Huffington Post | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 05.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Meet Louise Delage, an 25-year-old French model who quickly became an Instagram sensation after posting snaps of her lavish lifestyle. Delage joined I...

Mental Health, The Gender Factor

Arthur Peirce | Posted 03.10.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

Countless numbers of people worldwide suffer with some kind of mental health problem; roughly one in four. However there is a notable but hidden disparity between male and female sufferers.

Martini Man Or Craft Beer Connoisseur? Premium Drinking Can Still Be Problem Drinking

Mark Holmes | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Holmes

What many are finding is that as their after-work IPA becomes a nightly old fashioned (or two) as well, the proliferation of premium alcohol may be leading them unwittingly into problem drinking.

When Drinking Isn't The Answer

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 29.09.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

But in my current situation, there was never a moment of willpower, because it was crystal clear to me that alcohol had absolutely no place in my life. Even though, let's face it, I didn't even have a life, to speak of, during these years.

Smoking Leaves A Footprint On Your DNA, Even After You Quit

The Huffington Post | Sophie Gallagher | Posted 22.09.2016 | UK Tech

Everyone knows that smoking is bad for your health, but scientists have now revealed that smoking leaves a ‘footprint’ on your DNA that stays long...