Drug Addiction

Addiction and Codependency

Maria Khan | Posted 23.08.2016 | 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 04.08.2016 | 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 01.08.2016 | 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 15.04.2016 | 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 16.12.2015 | 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 16.10.2015 | 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 30.09.2015 | 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.

Addicts Should Be Treated and Supported Into Recovery, Not Criminalised

Mike Barton | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Mike Barton

The stigma of addiction is a pernicious and inhumane phenomenon. The continuing description of drug addicts as criminals rather than people who are unhealthy or sick prevents them getting well and consigns their family to years of misery and often destitution. Addicts should be treated and supported into recovery. Their entrapment in criminal justice is a waste of police time, a waste of the state's money and dissuades addicts from revealing themselves for treatment for fear of the criminal consequences.

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. ...

'I Am A Recovering Drug Addict And This Is My Truth'

The Huffington Post UK | Natasha Hinde | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle

When the word 'heroin' flashes up across your TV screen, it's often bad news. Earlier this year the tragic deaths of Peaches Geldof and Philip Seym...

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.

Where the Telegraph and Daily Mail Get It Wrong on Cannabis

Edward Fox | Posted 07.12.2014 | UK
Edward Fox

Demonising drug users and manipulating research findings to sell papers serves only to avoid an open and honest debate on how to properly mitigate the harms of illicit drugs. If parts of the media continue down this sensationalist road, they will remain a malicious hindrance to real progress.

Condoms Only Work If You're Sober

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 14.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Up until the age of 40 (2002) I was a responsible gay man. I ensured that I used protection every time I had a casual sexual encounter. I was not in a committed relationship at that stage, so it was not even an option for me to bareback with someone. I found that exceptionally scary at the time, as I was aware of how easy it was to contract STDs, especially HIV.

Why We Need More Awareness Around Hippie Crack

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK Lifestyle

It would be easy to assume that laughing gas is pretty harmless. After all, its name does suggest that it could be the gateway to a good time. How...

How Giving Addicts Free Drug Paraphernalia Will Help The Fight Against Heroin

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 08.08.2014 | UK

Drugs paraphernalia will be given to heroin users for free by the government in a bid to help them kick the habit and reduce the number of lives devas...

Newsflash - Heroin Addicts CAN Be Good Mothers!

Robin Sherwood | Posted 30.09.2014 | 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...

Is There Only One Road to Recovery?

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 07.09.2014 | 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.

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.08.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

The following morning, the day of Catalina's funeral, it was the turn of Bruce Lee - the self-styled "King of the Sewers". Never shy of a spectacle, he arrived barefoot with his head painted in Aurolac, a luminous helmet of bright silver paint that the addicts sniff. A stark reminder of the crazed drug-infested atmosphere where Catalina had died.