Addiction

Newsflash - Heroin Addicts CAN Be Good Mothers!

Robin Sherwood | Posted 31.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Sherwood

I was eight years old when I accidentally walked in on my mum injecting heroin in the kitchen. I'll never forget the confused look on her face - the warm embrace of the opiates blunted any acute feelings shame and panic, leaving her with an ugly, dumbfounded grimace. Luckily, this episode was the turning point in both our lives...

This Is How You Can Tell If Someone You Know Has A Sex Addiction

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 30.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Sex addiction is a dirty phrase. The general attitude is that of a filthy joke, not an issue that should be treated as a serious problem. Despite...

HIV Has Become the Latest Victim of War

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 22.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Being HIV positive, it is all these people that have saved my life and to think that they had to sacrifice their lives for this futile feud going on that is merely about fuelling high powered leaders ego's, is sickening.

This Pill May Be Able To Help Alcoholics With Addiction

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 10.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Alcoholics should be offered a once-a-day tablet on the NHS to try to help them curb their addiction, health officials have said. The drug nalmefen...

How These Two Questions Will Determine If Alcohol Is Not Your Friend

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Most of us have enough drinking experience behind our belts and on our waistlines, to have a) done something really stupid b) woken up full of regrets...

Video Games 'As Addictive As Heroin'?

The Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Tech

The Sun has become the target of criticism online after it claimed video games were "as addictive as heroin". A splash inside the paper on Tuesday ...

Is There Only One Road to Recovery?

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 08.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

After reading about Robin Williams re admitting himself to rehab I was reminded of the journey I have taken as a recovering crack cocaine addict.

Starting With a Stop Is F*cking Up Your Sobriety

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

For you it's the morning where self-loathing kicks in yet again. The feeling of squandering yet another weekend, f*cking up by doing sh*t you promised yourself you wouldn't do. You even meant it this time when you said it.

This Guy's Kids And Wife Aren't A Fan Of His New Look

Barcroft Media | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

Colourful Keith Gordon had agonising skins grafts to remove his teen tattoos - only to spend nearly £15,000 redoing them all over his face and body. ...

Gambling Is a Losers Game

Nick Clements | Posted 02.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Nick Clements

Since the inception of the National Lottery gambling has rapidly become acceptable and part of our everyday lifestyle. This has spawned a multimillion pound industry, very cleverly dividing us into gender gambling, woman using bingo, men betting on sport.

Marijuana Is a Dangerous Drug: But It's Time to Legalise It

David Smallwood | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK Politics
David Smallwood

One thing that I am certain of after nearly 20 years working as an addiction therapist is that current drug policies in the UK are simply not working. As a society we have chosen to deal with the problem of drug addiction mainly by banning harmful substances and pursuing users and suppliers through the courts.

A Royal Hangover - The Documentary About Drinking That's Actually Worth a Watch

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 27.06.2014 | UK
Carrie Armstrong

There are seemingly sh*tloads of documentaries made about the British Drinking culture. Or Booze Britain. Or whatever words you enjoy sticking a hashtag in front of and calling it a thing...

On the International Day Against Drugs, Let's Look Again at Sweden's 'Successful' Drug Policies

Damon Barrett | Posted 25.06.2014 | UK Politics
Damon Barrett

There are multiple imbalances of focus here. Funding of health versus enforcement. Policing individuals versus traffickers. The policy space taken up by cannabis versus important health harms associated with other substances.

Legalizing Acid, Pot and Shrooms - Your Constitutional Right To Think As You Wish Should Extend To Psychedelic States Of Mind

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

FOR HUFFINGTON POST USA Thomas Roberts recently wrote on a topic that has long interested me: is the banning of mind-altering, psychedelics substance...

E Cigarettes - A Trojan Horse for Young Smokers

Andrew Cunningham | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Andrew Cunningham

After years of embarrassing climbdowns and admissions the tobacco industry appears to be cleaning up its act and selling something that will not actually harm you. Really?

From Mindlessness to Mindfulness

Sharon Bull | Posted 13.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sharon Bull

For years I allowed myself to believe material things were the key to happiness, love, admiration and friendships. I wanted people to respect me, believe in me and see me as the confident and vivacious woman that I truly didn't believe I was. Credit cards were like gifts from heaven as they hit the floor by the letterbox and the more I had in my purse, the better I would feel.

No One Talks Anymore

Carina Maggar | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Tech
Carina Maggar

Recent research shows that our phones are proven to be affecting the way we talk, think, have sex, eat and even go to the loo. We have become slaves to technology, only this time, our hands are handcuffed to our phones. Those red circular icons on our home screens have become our very own version of a newborn baby crying out for attention.

Should I Get Sober Online?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 28.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

There is nothing scarier or more liberating than people typing out verbatim everything we have ever felt about our drinking. Even the stuff we won't say out loud. Especially the stuff we don't say out loud. Because if we didn't say it then how do they know?

Poorna Bell

How These Women Overcame Their Own Addiction To Help Others

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 21.05.2014 | UK Lifestyle

For a lot of us, our teens and twenties are about experimentation, getting drunk on 99p shots and wondering why there's a shopping trolley on your law...

Why Do Children Drink More in the North East?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Kids are bored. Drinking is cheap. Cheaper than anything else on offer around them leisure-wise by far. And it's sad. Because it wouldn't cost the earth. If kids want to knock about a coffee shop of an evening in London then they can. Because they are open past six o'clock. Why can't we do that for our young people in the North East?

Social Innovation Through Hope Economies: From Addicts to Entrepreneurs

Loren Treisman | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Loren Treisman

Bridgetown on the Cape Flats in Cape Town isn't where you'd immediately head to seek out social innovation. High unemployment and poverty have left communities plagued by drug addiction and gang crime; the lack of opportunity leaving many feeling hopeless...

'The Internet Nearly Always Controls My Actions'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 09.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education

Many young people believe they could be addicted to using the internet, according to research. A new study reveals that high numbers of youngsters ...

Poorna Bell

Let's Talk About Heroin: Why Peaches And Others Continue To Die From Drug Use

HuffingtonPost.com | Poorna Bell | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When Peaches Geldof was found dead in her own home with no apparent explanation, the world was baffled as to what killed her. She had recently given a...

Why We Use Distractions to Escape Our Pain

Mohadesa Najumi | Posted 19.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mohadesa Najumi

Escaping pain never works. You can try, but there will always be a time when you are left alone in the abyss of your thoughts and the pain will re-surface. Drugs, sex, alcohol.. they are perfect engines for your own escape, but eventually they will become your consistent means of running away from what is actually hurting you.

Social Media Is Changing the Way We Think

Leo Garbutt | Posted 10.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Leo Garbutt

You know the situation well. You sit down with some close friends, enjoying a good conversation for a few minutes. Then someone checks their phone. You see another friend pick up hers, then another friend follows suit and, in a moment, they are all silent; transfixed by the screens in front of them.