Drug Addiction

Emotional Tank

Trevor Kleinhans | Posted 22.04.2014 | 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 22.04.2014 | 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.

Should TV Cut Back on Cannabis?

Jessica Brown | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Entertainment
Jessica Brown

Drugs being normalised on prime time television, you could argue, is harmless. It might not be original, but it's funny, and loads of people smoke cannabis, anyway. On the other hand, you may think it dangerously perpetuates the myths that drug use is entertaining, harmless and that it's no big deal.

San Patrignano - A Free Drug Rehab Community

Danny McCubbin | Posted 25.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

From heroin to cocaine and ecstasy the people who call me have realised that what San Patrignano offers is a long term solution that works and I am proud to say that I can now help anyone in this country who wants to enter the community.

Smoking Cannabis Can Lead to Harder Drugs

Danny McCubbin | Posted 07.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Danny McCubbin

I can tell you here and now that I think it is a huge mistake to legalise cannabis use because I have seen and witnessed first hand how smoking cannabis at a young age can ruin a persons life. Instead of saying to our young that it is acceptable to smoke cannabis we need to educate them to make better choices and to inform them of the dangers of taking drugs.

Khat on a Hot Tin Roof but It's No Meow-Meow

The Conversation UK | Posted 03.09.2013 | UK Lifestyle
The Conversation UK

To some, khat, variously spelled cott or qat, is known as "the flower of paradise". The leaves are chewed by many people in countries like Yemen, Somalia and Ethiopia, in much the same way that coca leaves are chewed in South America. It's a social drug used by millions of people, and in Muslim countries it offers a high that is not banned by the Koran.

World Drug Day Blog: Treating the Addiction Not the Drug

Mandy Saligari | Posted 26.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mandy Saligari

The mistake we all make when treating addiction is to fire fight and call that treatment. Rehabs and addiction programmes tend to treat the manifestation of the addiction, not the condition itself and so of course people relapse.

Please Come to San Patrignano Richard Branson

Achim Franchetti | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Achim Franchetti

I just read a story written by Richard Branson that he wants to relax the laws on smoking marijuana and I am worried that if this happens then more young people like I did will think that it is ok to smoke a joint. The thought that my little brother back home could buy marijuana easily just like buying chewing gum makes me very worried.