Drug Addiction

How To Spot The Signs Of Prescription Drug Addiction

The Huffington Post | Natasha Hinde | Posted 11.10.2017 | UK Lifestyle

Louis Theroux’s ‘Dark States - Heroin Town’ documentary offered an insight into how prescription drug addiction can swiftly spiral out of contro...

Time For A Dose Of Reality: Drug And Alcohol Services Need More Funding To Survive

Harry Quilter-Pinner | Posted 23.07.2017 | UK Politics
Harry Quilter-Pinner

What causes addiction? Ask most people this question and I imagine most will say 'drugs cause addiction'. This is the story we have been told for many years fuelled by numerous experiments undertaken in the first half of the 20th Century. In these experiments a rat is put in a cage with two water bottles. One contains just water. The other is water laced with heroin or cocaine. Most of the rats drink until they overdose. Pretty conclusive, right? As it turns out, no.

How Addiction Changed My Life

Laraine Jewell | Posted 09.03.2017 | UK
Laraine Jewell

Alcohol and drug addiction affects more than just user. It also affects family and friends, who are usually the ones to pick up the pieces time and time again, and who (in the worst case scenario) are left dealing with the grief of losing a loved one due to their addiction.

Changing Lives One Song At A Time: How Singing Helps The Choir With No Name's Homeless Choirs

Rachel Clare | Posted 20.01.2017 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Clare

It is well documented that the act of singing brings with it a whole raft of benefits to health and wellbeing, and singing in a choir has even more to offer participants. It is one of the most effective ways to form social bonds and is undeniably one of the most enjoyable and uplifting group activities you can do

In The UK's Opioid-Related Deaths Crisis, The Home Office Has Blood On Its Hands

Avinash Tharoor | Posted 23.12.2016 | UK Politics
Avinash Tharoor

The Home Office has demonstrated yet again that, when it comes to drug policy, it is more concerned with political posturing than public health.

Are Celebrities More Prone To Addiction?

Dr. Mark Griffiths | Posted 13.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Dr. Mark Griffiths

One of the most common questions I am asked to comment on by the media is whether celebrities are more prone to addiction than other people. To me, wh...

Slipping Through the Cracks, Mental Health and Homelessness

Arthur Peirce | Posted 08.11.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Arthur Peirce

I remember, where I used to live, there was a homeless man who slept at night in an alcove opposite a Tesco Metro. Once he stopped me, randomly, and s...

Why The Whole UK Needs Drug Fix Rooms

Neil Woods | Posted 31.10.2016 | UK Politics
Neil Woods

As a police officer I used to work undercover among problematic drug users. I witnessed the chaotic lives where gangsters manipulated vulnerable people, sexually exploiting them, or steering them to commit crimes for their fix.

I Lost Three Years Of My Life To Drugs

Richard Manning | Posted 12.09.2017 | UK Universities & Education
Richard Manning

I was 16 when I started experimenting with drugs and I used them as a form of escapism. I became addicted to substances like cocaine, amphetamines and ketamine and took them continuously for three years. During one binge I took a cocktail of cocaine, ketamine and ecstasy for three days straight and was terrified I was going to die.

Why Closing Fabric Misses The Point

Yasmin Batliwala | Posted 08.09.2017 | UK
Yasmin Batliwala

Sadiq Khan recently revealed that more than half of London's clubs have closed in the past eight years. This steep decline of licensed venues, due to forced closures, could cause more harm than good by encouraging clubbers to attend unlicensed venues, including illegal raves. These unregulated environments lack the appropriate security, and health and safety measures to manage potential drug misuse.

Yes, I'm Actively Addicted To Heroin - And Shaming Me Doesn't Help

Sturla Haugsgjerd | Posted 06.09.2017 | UK
Sturla Haugsgjerd

The need for secrecy and the attendant shame kills lawyers and unemployed people, magazine sellers, rock stars and sex workers. When we use alone, there is no one to rescue us if we take too strong a dose, or if we use drugs that (thanks to prohibition) are not what we thought they were. In my country and others, we impose so much deadly shame on people who use drugs.

Addiction and Codependency

Maria Khan | Posted 23.08.2017 | UK
Maria Khan

Jason had lived this life for several years, hoping after every relapse that this might be his addict partner's final awakening, her rock bottom but he had been a victim again and again -suffering a monotonous chain of trauma, lies and disappointment. And here he was, he hadn't budged an inch, scavenging through a few happy moments to get him through the day.

We'll All Be Losers If We Don't Solve Inequality

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 05.08.2017 | UK
Lord Victor Adebowale

Equality is better for everyone- it means we live in a healthier, safer and more dynamic society. But social justice will only become a reality if we are all willing to embrace change, and start listening to those who could benefit most from our new Prime Minister's vision.

Life Lessons Disability Taught Me No.1 - Addiction

Mik Scarlet | Posted 29.07.2017 | UK
Mik Scarlet

OK, this isn't an in-depth account of how to beat all addiction, but it a brief exploration of how I have made sure I am not a slave to it's effects. I cannot avoid addiction entirely as my pain will remain with me for all my life, but I hope my experiences as a disabled person can help others.

The Silent Scream

Gia Marie Barbera | Posted 06.04.2017 | 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...

To Stop Babies Going Into Care, We Need to Support Mothers

Katharine Sacks Jones | Posted 14.12.2016 | UK
Katharine Sacks Jones

The safety and welfare of children must be paramount: there can be no compromise on that principle. But in many cases, a child's welfare is best served by staying with its mother if she can be supported to parent well. Today Nicky Morgan announces a new approach to children's services. But if we really want to improve children's welfare, we need to make sure there is support available for mothers too.

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...

OCD Awareness Week 2015

Ant Meads | Posted 13.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Ant Meads

I am on the precipice of full time addiction and the glimpse I had over the top has scared me beyond belief. I came home with a plan of attack but that's when it became clear to me, that I needed to revisit my OCD experiences and formulate a plan that didn't so much deal with the addiction but addressed what had caused me to start down that road at all.

Steve Coogan Opens Up About Cocaine Addiction

The Huffington Post UK | Daniel Welsh | Posted 03.10.2015 | UK Entertainment

Steve Coogan has opened up about his addiction to cocaine, admitting that the drug eventually caused him to have debilitating panic attacks. The Br...

Hooked on the Street - The Forgotten Women of Middlesbrough

Robin Pepper | Posted 28.09.2016 | UK
Robin Pepper

Kate is one of central Middlesbrough's drug addicted, street prostitutes who sells her body for as little as £15. Fellow journalist Jack Gaskarth and I met Kate when out researching one evening. We wanted to find out how and why these woman end up on the streets and explore this via documentary film.

Woman Shares Photo Of Dead Husband To Warn Against Drug Use

The Huffington Post UK | Rachel Moss | Posted 15.09.2015 | UK Lifestyle

A woman has shared a photo of her dead husband in his coffin on social media, to warn others about the dangers of drug abuse. Eva Holland posted t...

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

Martin Preston | Posted 21.08.2016 | 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.

Punishment Will Never Solve Addiction

Lord Victor Adebowale | Posted 14.08.2016 | UK Politics
Lord Victor Adebowale

Yes, we must help people to help themselves. But we must also recognise that punishing people for their addictions isn't the way forward. If we use this draconian approach, then we are setting them up to fail.

Benefits Review for Addicts Will Fail Without Better Support for Jobless

Paul Hayes | Posted 06.08.2016 | 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.

My Trauma - Their War

William Shield | Posted 14.04.2015 | 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.