Drug Addiction

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.

Catalina: A Young Life Lost in the Tunnels of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 13.06.2014 | 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.

American Drug History X: an allegory for today

Davis Mukasa | Posted 29.05.2014 | UK Politics
Davis Mukasa

Once upon a time near the start of the previous century a drug named "Marihuana" was fast becoming the scourge of certain states of America. It was tu...

Bruce Lee and the Sewer Gang of Bucharest

Jim Wickens | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK
Jim Wickens

It seems like yesterday that the world woke to the shocking scenes of neglect and cruelty inside Romania's orphanages and care homes. Grainy Images of feces-stained wards, and babies chained to rusty cast-iron beds that seared in our minds. But 25 years on what has happened to Romania's abandoned children, and what fate awaits children from Romania's underfunded care system today?

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...

The Parent's Drug Cure Is Killing Their Children

Meg Munn | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

At the moment the number of children who die or suffer serious harm as a result of taking adult's prescribed medication is thankfully small. But the likelihood of a child dying if they do take these drugs is very high.

Emotional Tank

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Trevor Kleinhans

Within 2 years I had gravitated to one of the hardest drugs known, crack cocaine, and nearly lost everything I had worked so very hard for including my family and long lasting friendships. In this time I also contracted HIV.

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.

Cash For Addicts? £10 Supermarket Voucher For Users Who Stay Clean

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

Heroin addicts are being given financial incentives in a bid to help them kick their habit. NHS drug clinics have begun offering weekly £10 superm...

More Than Meth: The Faces Of Drug Arrests

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK

Harrowing images have starkly showcased the ravaging effects of drug use. The mug shots of drug users have been released in an effort to raise awar...

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.

Will Self Talks To Jeremy Paxman On Newsnight About Drug Addiction Following Philip Seymour Hoffman's Death

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK

On Monday's Newsnight , author Will Self talked to Jeremy Paxman about heroin addiction in the wake of fresh details about the death of actor Philip S...

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.

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...

10 Things Society Must Realise in Order to End the Drug War

Kieran Turner-Dave | Posted 18.02.2014 | UK Politics
Kieran Turner-Dave

As a society we need a serious paradigm shift regarding how much we allow the government to interfere with our free choices as citizens. The vast majority of people using illegal drugs in the UK are not addicts, but are perfectly functional members of society who enjoy drugs recreationally...

Should Ex-Drug Addicts Be Made Magistrates?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Former drug addicts should be appointed lay magistrates to sit in specialist courts dealing with substance abuse-related crimes, a think tank said. ...

Bridging the Gulf Between Addiction and Freedom

Tony Lobl | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Tony Lobl

Addiction is like a chasm opening up before you and enticing you to keep walking despite the dire consequences ahead. Not that you are likely to realise the dangers at the time. My addiction 'of choice' was gambling.

The Illusion Behind Addictive Behaviour

Karin Sieger | Posted 03.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

Often people are aware of their addictive behaviour and would like to stop or slow down. However, the illusion of the addiction can be so powerful that the fear of not being able to cope without it is overwhelming and can suffocate even the smallest attempt to take control of the situation and muster the confidence to change.

Fly With Your Own Wings, Peaks and Troughs and How to Choose in a Perfect Situation

Samantha van Dalen | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Samantha van Dalen

Too much money and too much choice. Drugs feed off a rampant ego and an absence of self. The finger is too readily pointed at the drugs or the alcohol or the porn as being the destroyer but the truth is, we destroy our own lives.

WATCH: What Is Crack Cocaine And How Does It Affect The Body?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle

While the term 'crack cocaine' is bandied about regularly on the news and in Hollywood films, it's safe to say the majority of us don't know very much...

Legal Highs, Jesus and I

Katie Winrow | Posted 24.01.2014 | UK
Katie Winrow

Now you might wonder why a seemingly sane and rational person suddenly began to believe that they were the saviour of all mankind. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the story began on a park bench with a packet of legal highs.

Could the Mayor of Toronto Learn From the Latest Psychology of How to Deliver the Perfect Excuse?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

The Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, recently reportedly explained his taking of crack cocaine, as down to being in a 'drunken stupor'. Following the rele...

Breaking "Good": My First Psychedelic Drug Conference

Christine Coco Jun | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Christine Coco Jun

If the popular rise of drugs in mainstream culture is any indication of the times - just think how many viewers caught the finale of Breaking Bad - perhaps we need to especially reconsider the use of psychedelic drugs.

Robert Downey Jr's Son's Drug Problem Revealed

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 03.10.2013 | UK Entertainment

Robert Downey Jr's 20-year-old son, Indio, is reportedly undergoing treatment for an addiction to prescription pills. Indio is currently in treatme...

Why the Drug Laws in the UK Must Be Reformed if the Government Truly Wants to Address the Racial Disparities in Stop and Search

Niamh Eastwood | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Niamh Eastwood

Ending the criminalisation of drug use would remove the need to unnecessarily search hundreds of thousands of people every year. Thus ensuring that the numbers of people, especially those from the black community, caught up in the criminal justice system is significantly reduced.