Addiction

'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.

Can the Truth About the War on Drugs Be Revealed in the Eyes of a Loving Pet?

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 19.10.2015 | UK
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

It was the early 1990s, and I was a young PhD candidate. At the time I didn't know too much about crack, though I did know that the place next door wa...

Is Addiction a Mental Illness?

Martin Preston | Posted 14.10.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Martin Preston

While addiction is considered a mental illness medically, the public opinion of addiction is typically far less sympathetic when compared with other mental health disorders. Society tends to be more charitable to someone who is bipolar or depressed, but is that because most people don't have a clear understanding of addiction?

Addiction - Why Connection Could Be Part Of The Solution

Martine Booth | Posted 29.09.2015 | UK
Martine Booth

Ask people to name something that you can become addicted to and of course straight off the bat the two most popular answers will probably be drugs an...

Suicide Prevention Month: What's Your Survival Trigger?

Jojo Furnival | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Often, everything in life seems very complicated, and anxiety can cause us to over-complicate matters in our own minds. But when it comes to the very darkest moments in our lives, it all boils down to a single choice: To keep going or not.

Why the Duchess of Cambridge Met Addicted Prisoners

Mike Trace | Posted 28.09.2015 | UK
Mike Trace

In her first ever visit to a prison, the Duchess of Cambridge today visited Send Prison in Surrey to view the RAPT addiction treatment programme. This is a huge honour for us - we are flattered that the Duchess has chosen to come and look at how we help women prisoners to confront and overcome addiction to drugs and alcohol, and to build a positive and crime free life.

This Is What Happens In Britain's First Technology Addiction Clinic

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

[Picture: ADAM HESTER VIA GETTY IMAGES] Standing in the reception of Nightingale Hospital, there is one thing that sets it apart from any NHS w...

The Last Five Years

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 30.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I held a mistaken belief for a long time that sober was a static place of being. That it was starting with an instantly perfect package. Luckily I was wrong. Because if I had been right. If sobriety had turned up in the guise of instant perfection? Well that would make it the end, rather than the beginning. I couldn't have gone anywhere from there.

A Third of Us Will Have Tried Drugs in Two Years Time

Martin Preston | Posted 21.08.2015 | UK
Martin Preston

The nature of addiction means it's never possible to know if you'll become addicted before trying a substance. Nor is it simple to pinpoint the moment that a habit becomes an addiction. Taking the idea of 'illegal' drugs out of the equation might help you think more about what you're predisposed to - most people underestimate the dangers of alcohol as a drug, too.