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.

Why I Love Addicts (And You Should Too)

Jojo Furnival | Posted 18.08.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Does depression/anxiety cause addiction, or is it the other way around? I think of Luke, Rick and Bjorn, and the many others I met and became friends with during my stay at New Life, and I wonder, did anyone think to ask them?

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK Politics
Paul Hayes

The Black review presents us with an opportunity to build political momentum to overcome the policy inertia which has undermined efforts to improve the employability of all excluded groups under successive governments over many decades. It is an opportunity the treatment sector needs to seize.

The Drugs Don't Work

Susie Edmonds | Posted 28.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Susie Edmonds

He had every chance, a supportive family, a girlfriend, a baby and a son he was going to adopt. He had a job and the chance to go to rehab but none of it was enough. One by one he lost us all, preferring the company of drink and drugs.

Want a Better Life? Go Teetotal

Jonathan Young | Posted 27.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jonathan Young

Alcohol has hi-jacked situations that automatically give us what we need. It's the squeaky clean boss who claims the credit for all the work done by the rest of the team. Or the goal-hanging striker who gets the plaudits for scoring the winning goal.

Drugs and Addiction: It's Time for Impartiality

Jason Reed | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK
Jason Reed

Isn't it about time we afforded society and all of its members the dignity of treating a possible dependency through professionalism and basic levels of understanding. We set ourselves up for a fall when we try to distinguish who's entitled to care based on the noun of what their problem may be. Addictions shouldn't be feared, but they should have default impartiality.

Liverpool's Best Bar Serves No Alcohol

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 17.07.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Within minutes of entering The Brink my expectations had been demolished. The pub was full of normal looking people (not a depressing looking drunk in sight), light poured into a big space from huge skylights, the décor was inspiring, the artwork on the wall was good and the music intriguing.

Amy Winehouse - A Lost Little Girl, Who Could Have Been Saved

BritChick Paris | Posted 02.07.2015 | UK Entertainment
BritChick Paris

The media after her death in July 2011, focussed on her alcohol and drug abuse. But they didn't mention her bulimia, nor the depression she wrestled with since she was a teen. The new documentary film on her life directed by Asif Kapadia sets the record straight, telling the tale of a brilliant woman who was plagued with self-doubt and deficient in resilience.

The EU Should Restrict Codeine

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

The EU ignores the elephant in the room: codeine is a highly addictive painkiller that has a negative impact on youth in the EU and the USA. The risk of addiction is barely mentioned in their recommendation.

Dramatic Rise in Prison Suicide

Caspar Walsh | Posted 18.06.2015 | UK
Caspar Walsh

In 1999 I worked with a group of men looking to offer younger men in trouble the chance to find a way in to a better life. This led to the founding of the charity abandofbrothers (ABoB) in 2008. This ground-breaking organisation offers a new way to address issues arising from mental ill health, crime and addiction.

Could the Next US President be a Online Gaming Addict?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 11.06.2015 | UK Politics
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

While the Ted Cruz Electoral Machine is in full throttle, something disrupted his schedule: he poked his nose out out of the closet as a possible online games addict.

Can Hip Hop Educate About Addiction?

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 09.06.2015 | UK Entertainment
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

I recently edited an article called Rapping About Addiction and it was a useful opportunity to overcome my own prejudices about this musical genre. C...

The Shocking Numbers That Show How Britain's Taste For Drugs Is Changing

The Huffington Post | Steven Hopkins | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK

Hospital admissions for synthetic cannabis use have increased by a third, a worldwide drugs survey has found, while "super dose" ecstasy pills are hos...