Addiction

A Compassionate Voice

Sharon Bull | Posted 05.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

I lost my job as a top sales executive with a British brand leader, my company car, wardrobe of designer clothes and shoes, credit cards, my home and consequently my self-respect, because I placed all this material stuff above everything else.

My Trauma - Their War

William Shield | Posted 13.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
William Shield

Trauma is not as black and white as people think. I will fight to the death against being categorised or labelled, I am suffering from something. Whatever it is it's greyer than a British summer, there is no black and white.

How Come Parents Need to Man Up?

Lykke Scheel Lyons | Posted 29.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Lykke Scheel Lyons

Children need parents to act like parents by setting boundaries and telling them whenever they are behaving badly. While you may mistakenly think that your child will become your friend and thank you in years to come for your weak boundaries and disclipline, they will not.

Becoming Teetotal: Just Like a Messy Break-up

Jon Young | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

When I speak to people about my sobriety, they imagine either that I am fighting a constant battle against temptation or that I no longer have any thoughts about drinking at all. The reality is somewhere in between. The best way to describe it is through the metaphor of something most of us can relate to - a relationship with an ex-partner, from the initial meet, to the aftermath of the break-up.

Plain Packaging: A Victory for Freedom and Democracy

Jon Young | Posted 22.01.2015 | UK Politics
Jon Young

As an ex-drinker, I still look at a bottle of Old Speckled Hen with feelings of nostalgia, as it links to a time when I was in a pub with friends after a hard day's work. Plain packaging will remove this link and (in my opinion) will undoubtedly lead to a drop in smoking rates.

My Life is Now Virtual

Lizzie Roberts | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lizzie Roberts

Last weekend my university internet broke and I had run out of mobile data, at first the thought of being without internet for a few days genuinely panicked me.

Binge Drinking Ruining Your Life? It's Probably a Self Esteem Issue

Jon Young | Posted 18.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jon Young

I dreaded public speaking/presentations (I drunk about six pints before a best man's speech) because I knew I was being judged by onlookers. I was petrified of first dates and would drink four ales (sometimes five) beforehand. All social occasions would be accompanied by alcohol.

The Keyword for Addiction Treatment is "Recovery"

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

To those of us on the inside the word "recovery" makes perfect sense. When someone says "I'm in recovery" I know immediately that they've been through hell, have faced their demons and is dealing with life "a day at a time" - another of AA's many useful aphorisms.

This Is How to Halt Instant Gratification

Jojo Furnival | Posted 06.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jojo Furnival

Google will provide an answer to pretty much anything, but I'm afraid there are some things that Google just can't help us with. Google can't tell you what you should be doing with your life, or reassure you that you made the right decision yesterday. So, in our fragile, digitally reliant states, we worry. And more and more of us are worrying more of the time.

Why We Need A New Resolution on Crisis Care

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 01.03.2015 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

What's needed is appropriate crisis intervention on two levels. Firstly, we need clinically led, safe services with clear protocols so that people get the support they need as quickly as possible- and helped to recover as soon as they can. What are also needed are crisis houses, places of respite.

Are You the Christmas Party Performing Chimp?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 09.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

If you are going to black-out at 10pm, why not just go home? What's the difference between leaving a party early, and drinking to oblivion early? Either way you are intentionally checking out and not being there anymore. The only difference really is feeling the pressure of expectation. Of being other people's chimp. Performing for drinks and approval.

Why We Want to Put Ourselves Out of Business... And End Addiction

John Dicey | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
John Dicey

Our single stated aim when it came to curing the world of smoking was to effectively put ourselves out of business - by curing all the smokers in the world. To really achieve our aim we do need governments to engage with us. With one eye on their treasury coffers one wonders whether there's a government out there genuinely interested in eradicating addiction.

Never Again...

Malcolm Levene | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Malcolm Levene

I firmly believe we tie ourselves down by saying Never again. Surely better to ask ourselves why we did what we did. So often, we deny ourselves of letting ourselves off the hook, so to speak. I regularly ask my clients to ask themselves good questions. Invariably, good questions elicit good responses.

When a Relationship With Alcohol Turns Sour

Dr Nitin Shori | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Dr Nitin Shori

Many people jokingly say they "need a drink" after a stressful day. But for some, a few seemingly harmless glasses of wine after work can turn into a stress-relieving habit that can be hard to break.

Alcoholics Anonymous Is Scary!

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 13.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

When I arrived at the address I saw an open door with a small, blue "AA" sticker on it. But it was a big building with many floors. How would I find the right room? I assumed it would be in the basement but it was deserted. I then went up the stairs to the first floor where I saw an open door and heard voices. I swallowed my anxiety and went in.

Poorna Bell

'Caffeine Addiction Is As Real As Being Hooked On Heroin'

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 07.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us wouldn’t have a slab of hash first thing in the morning, a toke of heroin before a work meeting or a line of cocaine to perk you up in th...

Addicts Share Moment They Hit Rock Bottom

The Huffington Post UK | Brogan Driscoll | Posted 30.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

People with addictions have shared the moment they hit rock bottom as part of a powerful photo series shared exclusively with HuffPost UK Lifestyle. ...

Shouldn't You Be Doing This For Free?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

I'm here now. Obviously. And whilst I would never wish to put myself through any of it ever again, the very least I can do is spend a good portion of my time ensuring no one else has to do it the hard way. So; that's what the websites are for.

The Addiction That Messes With Your Bed

Paul Twite | Posted 21.12.2014 | UK Tech
Paul Twite

As smartphone addiction creeps into bedrooms all over the country, it's clear that we need to make a conscious effort to disconnect. A nationwide epidemic of sleep deprivation, smartphone hangovers that sap our productivity, and an inability to switch off from work and relax, are all sure signs that our dependence on the smartphone has gone too far.

BURNOUT: Belgium Leads the Way

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

The negative impact that burnout has on productivity and health has been known to governments for years, but the only country in the EU to have actually introduced legislation about burnout is Belgium.

A Testament to Recovery

Sharon Bull | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

On a late sunny afternoon October 2nd 2014, I skipped out of my new Doctor's surgery feeling like a teenager. Having just received the news about my present state of health, I had every reason to radiate joyfulness and exhibit my delight and gratitude.

A Crack Cocaine Addicts Life 10 Years Later

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

I entered rehab being told that I had a 3% chance of surviving the addiction. I had to dig so deep inside myself to believe that I would not be a part of the other 97%. I began my journey to recovery 10 years ago.

Extreme Self-Care: My Antidote to Depression

Katherine Baldwin | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Katherine Baldwin

Extreme self-care for me involves evaluating every decision against the question, "Is this a loving thing to do?" and then making a radical choice to eliminate the things that don't make me feel good. Easier said than done, of course, but practice makes perfect.

Fibs, Lies and Porky Pies Number One - It's OK If We're Only Lying to Ourselves Right?

Leanne Davis | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Comedy
Leanne Davis

We don't intend to drink two bottles of wine when we specifically said we were only going to have one glass. That I would call weak-willed. Falling into the world-wide-web I would label as procrastination. And when we say we have learned our lesson and will never date someone 'like that' again, we genuinely mean it.

Royal Ramblings: The Underbelly of Wrestling

Danny Stone | Posted 10.11.2014 | UK Sport
Danny Stone

Professional wrestling is a colourful, jolly and light-hearted form of entertainment. We become personally invested in the trials and tribulations of our on-screen heroes (and villains) who shoulder the burden of iconic status for many people across the world. It is perhaps therefore no wonder that news of depression, addiction and death are particularly shocking for wrestling fans.