Addiction

Social Media Is Changing the Way We Think

Leo Garbutt | Posted 11.04.2014 | 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.

Online Privacy: Generation A

Louise Orpin | Posted 10.04.2014 | UK Tech
Louise Orpin

In the same way that people believe history repeats itself, each generation has something new to offer the world. We've had Generation X - the MTV Generation, then came Generation Y, the Millennials, at the turn of 2000.

The Little Girl That Nobody Wanted

Rosie Waterland | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rosie Waterland

I'm sorry that when the DOCS ladies dropped us off at Grandma's, you weren't allowed to stay because you were too much for her to cope with. I can't imagine how awful it must have been to watch your sisters get smaller and smaller in the distance as you were driven away in a car you didn't recognise.

Smoking: Don't Believe the Addiction Myth

Robert Kelly | Posted 12.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robert Kelly

This belief in addiction makes it far harder for smokers to quit. Research has demonstrated that most smokers would like to quit smoking, and yet many believe that they cannot do so due to the strength of their addiction. They believe that quitting will just be too difficult.

The NHS Endorses AA - After 80 Years

Rupert Wolfe-Murray | Posted 20.02.2014 | UK
Rupert Wolfe-Murray

Gradually things are changing. Public Health England, an NHS policy making body that has the mission to "protect and improve the nation's health", issued a briefing document at the end of last year which encourages GPs to make use of "mutual aid" groups like AA.

WATCH: Does Porn Addiction Exist?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle

A leading US researcher, Dr David Ley, has said that he doesn't believe porn addiction exists. This may come as bad news a) for the partners who are t...

Seems The War On Drugs Is Hitting Bottom - Let's Also Lose the Baggage That Goes With It

Dr. Peter Ferentzy | Posted 17.04.2014 | UK Politics
Dr. Peter Ferentzy

Still, wisdom is evolving. In the news: "Former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and Former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso called for an end to the war on drugs."

Philip Seymour Hoffman: A Man of Conflict and Pain and Guilt and Longing

Oliver Arnoldi | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Oliver Arnoldi

Playing the notoriously uncool music critic Lester Bangs in Cameron Crowe's 2000 film Almost Famous, Philip Seymour Hoffman remarks, 'great art is about conflict and pain and guilt and longing'. Found dead, alone, and with a needle of heroin in his arm in his New York apartment this month, the conflict and pain that linked so many of Hoffman's characters began to resonate with the final image of the man himself.

Ending the Revolving Door of Care for Society's Unwanted

Dharmendra Kanani | Posted 13.04.2014 | UK
Dharmendra Kanani

Abbie's ending is a happy one but it shouldn't all be down to circumstance and luck. Through these 12 partnerships and the learning they generate, we hope to permanently change the odds in favour of the thousands of other people across the country who desperately need our help.

Flailing and Floundering

Charles Donovan | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Charles Donovan

I keep collapsing into a ball of tears, mourning my father's departure (as far as euphemisms for death go, that one is bearable, don't you think?) back in September. It was followed swiftly by that of a close friend, Kate, an accomplished artist whose personal kindnesses to me had, over the years, become impossible to keep count of.

Spare a Thought For the Families of Addicts

Galia Orme | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Galia Orme

We cannot ignore or minimise the affect addiction has on others. The reality is that there is no happy ending for anyone involved in the life of an addict. My children have lost their father and I have lost my best friend.

Might as Well Face It - You're Addicted to Love

Joey Rayner | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Joey Rayner

It never dawned on us that we were actively choosing these toxic relationships as a way of avoiding having to look at what was really going on inside of us underneath all the romantic drama.

A Note About Philip Seymour Hoffman: Addiction Is Not Selfish

Corrigan Vaughan | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Corrigan Vaughan

Anyone who thinks dying from an overdose is selfish has a weird idea of what an addict wants out of life. There comes a point at which drinking, drug use, all that - they're not fun anymore. Philip Seymour Hoffman wasn't out partying. He was alone in his bathroom, compelled. Cory Monteith in his hotel room. Chris Kelly in his living room.

Philip Seymour Hoffman and The 'Needle In His Arm'

Ezra Tafari Rose | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Entertainment
Ezra Tafari Rose

We like brilliant men to be brilliant at all times and so we brush aside any indication that brilliant men might, like us ordinary men, be capable of brokenness, which means men like Hoffman and Heath Ledger before him, though richly brilliant, often end up dying the impoverished death of broken men who have been impossibly fractured by some intimate failure.

My Apologies to Those With Actual Diseases

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

Alcoholism is not something any of us would choose to deliberately, consciously pursue as a lifestyle. But whether we persuade ourselves into it, or are hooked from day one, the fact remains that it is still behaviour. Not affliction.

Are You Suffering From Caffeine Use Disorder?

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 31.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It's 6.30 am, you have to be at work in two hours and you discover that you are out of coffee. Do you a) shrug your shoulders knowing you can a cu...

San Patrignano UK - Now a Charity

Danny McCubbin | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
Danny McCubbin

This week we are off to San Patrignano with a special team of volunteers who are going to work with me and be responsible for the admissions process here in the UK. This will mean that we will be able to support more people who are dependent on drugs and looking to enter the community in Italy.

Six Reasons Why My Attempted Suicide Changed My Life

Mark Bowness | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Bowness

At the age of 26 my wife had walked out the door on our three year marriage. As I sat in our apartment surrounded by the life that we had built together my thoughts turned to a dark bleak future that I did not want to face. In a severe state of depression I turned to google and typed in the search term 'most painless and quickest way to die'.

Man Addicted To Eating Plastic Bags Is (Somehow) Medically Fine

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle

We don't know what's more miraculous - the fact that 23-year-old Robert from Tennessee has eaten over 60,000 plastic bags and is medically fine, or th...

17 Reasons I'm Still in Love With You

Mark Radcliffe | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Mark Radcliffe

Believe me, I don't want to be. It would be a lot easier if I wasn't. You've got another life now. I'm long out of it. You had another path to pursue and I even encouraged it. But: Your voice. Ugh. It slays me. I still have five of your messages in my Voicemail.

Addicted to Sugar? Here's How You Can Beat Your Cravings

Sarah Wilson | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sarah Wilson

I've been off sugar for three years now... But between you and I, I still struggle with cravings. The stuff is gnarly - some say as addictive as cocaine and heroin - and it's dangled in front of us everywhere we turn. What's more, we're actually biologically programmed to binge on it...

Sugar Is the New Tobacco - Pass Me the eSugar Lump?

Sian Breslin | Posted 22.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sian Breslin

When sugar calories are absorbed into our bloodstream, they provide us with energy. If we do not use the energy, we get fat and according to studies, are put in potential danger of Diabetes II and heart disease.

From Anorexia Sufferer to Body Builder: Same Illness, A Different Guise?

Sam Thomas | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Sam Thomas

The focus on size and shape seems to suggests eating disorder is a physical illness, which it is not. By 'calorie loading' this is simply ignoring the underlying causes of anorexia - it may put on the weight, yes. However it does little to address the key factors or triggers linked to his eating disorder.

Are You Actually Drinking "at" Something Though?

Carrie Armstrong | Posted 15.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Carrie Armstrong

One phrase that gets massively overused is "drinking at something". When life throws you a crap day or a bad situation and we use it as an excuse to drink. Drinking "at" that person, or scenario. Supposedly it's overcome by dealing with our feelings and reactions in a different way. Learning new coping skills.

Jessica Elgot

Cold Turkey

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

“I liked that she could party, that was one of the things that attracted me to her,” Laurie Sanders said of wife Susy. “I didn’t realise w...