The Benefit of Early Intervention for Addiction

Anyone who has had an addiction or has lived with an addict will know how this illness can destroy a person’s life. An addiction can be so strong that the person suffering with it will put it above everything else in their life. Being addicted to something means having a strong compulsion for that particular substance or behaviour. It means being unable to control urges, even when the addiction is harmful. Drug and alcohol addictions can affect the person with the addiction as well as their families and friends. Other addictions such as gambling and sex addictions can be as...

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More Research Required to Prevent Opioid Addiction

Concerns have been recently raised about the use of opioid drugs to treat patients in severe pain because of the risk of addiction. Moreover, a new report seems to suggest that many doctors have to rely on experience rather than scientific evidence when it comes to prescribing these drugs. The National Institutes of Health in the US has convened a panel to look at data regarding the effectiveness of opioid drugs. What the panel has found is that, in some cases, the doses being prescribed by doctors are too high and that lower doses would have been effective. The panel...

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Money Spent on Fixed Odds Betting Terminals Rises in North Lincolnshire

The Campaign for Fairer Gambling has collated figures for 2012-2013, which show that in north Lincolnshire, the amount of money that has been bet on fixed odds betting terminals has increased by almost £22 million in just a year. In the Scunthorpe area, there are 74 poker and roulette machines in 20 betting shops and in 2012-2013, over £82 million was spent on them. Tackling the Problem In some areas, gamblers have asked betting shops to ban them in a bid to tackle their gambling addiction. BetFred is the biggest bookmaker in north Lincolnshire and the company takes the issue...

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Life after Recovery Can Be Very Rewarding

A drug addiction can devastate the life of the person addicted and that of their family and friends. The addict is always going to be at risk of injury or illness while taking these illegal substances and their family and friends will constantly be worrying about where they are and what they are doing. It can rip families apart and can cause addicts to lose their jobs and, in extreme cases, their homes too. Many drug addicts have died from accidental overdoses and others have developed illnesses as a result of their addiction. It is an all too familiar story...

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Have Scientists Found a Way to Treat Cocaine Addiction

Scientists in Denmark believe they have found a cure for cocaine addiction, which could work in a similar way to methadone when treating a heroin addiction. At the moment, there is no treatment for a cocaine addiction but scientists at the University of Copenhagen believe that a protein they have identified could be used for future treatment options for dependence on the drug. How the Treatment Would Work The theory is that a new treatment could stop cocaine from having a pleasurable effect in the same way that methadone is used to help heroin addiction. Associate professor at the university,...

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Callum Best Tells of Father’s Alcoholism and How It Led to His Partying Ways

The Celebrity Big Brother house seems to be a place for unburdening oneself, with Keith Chegwin and Alexander O’Neal both already having confessed to previous struggles with alcohol and drugs respectively. And the latest star to reveal his secrets is Callum Best, son of late footballing legend George Best. Party Scene George Best, who played for Manchester United and Northern Ireland, struggled from a well-publicised battle with alcoholism and died aged 59 in 2005. He had a liver transplant but continued to drink as he struggled with his addiction. Callum was catapulted into the limelight after the death of his...

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When That Glass of Wine or Two Becomes an Addiction

Journalist and author Ann Dowsett Johnston has raised the question of whether women are in denial about their drinking habits and it is one, we believe, that should be looked at. The truth is that for some, a glass of wine at the end of the day forms part of the unwinding process. However, is the relaxing process the start of something more sinister? A glass of wine after coming in from a hard day of work can quickly become habitual and the worry is that that glass of wine could then lead to a glass of wine with dinner...

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Did the Government Know About Deadly Ecstasy Pills?

You may have heard on the news over the Christmas period about the deaths of four men who are believed to have taken ecstasy type pills with a Superman logo. Dr Caroline Chatwin, a drugs policy expert, has now spoken out about how the Government were aware that these pills were dangerous and failed to warn the public about the dangers of taking them. The University of Kent criminologist has told that the Government’s policies to reduce harm through prevention had been undermined. She went on to say how the media coverage of the four deaths has prompted police to...

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A Life Destroyed by Drug Addiction

An addiction to drugs is a destructive force that affects not only those who suffer with it but their families and friends as well. It very often becomes the case that strangers are also be affected insofar as when a drug addiction becomes so bad the addict turns to a life of crime in order to fund his/her drug habit. Obviously, this does not happen with all addicts but, when it does, it has devastating consequences for all around them. Take the case of Michael Dwyer, a career criminal who blamed his offences on his addiction to drugs. The 31-year-old...

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Addiction to Legal Highs

A woman whose life had been destroyed by drugs was spared jail by the judge who heard her tragic story. Mikaila Tyhurst now looks much older than her twenty-eight years after her face was ravaged by her addiction to GBL, the former legal high. Her liver was severely damaged also because of her addiction and she has been on life support fifteen times. She also told of how a string of men had treated her like a rag doll. The addiction also caused her appearance to change dramatically. Her former blonde hair turned a shade of brown and her eyes...

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Two More Years in Jail for Alcoholic Who Killed Father of Four

On 21st August, 2011, a local drunk punched a father of four so hard that he fell back, hitting his head on a pole before falling to the ground. The blow to his head left the victim, Mark Haley, in a coma for two years. The assailant Michael Broom was sentenced to three years in prison for GBH while Mr Haley was in the coma. However, Mr Haley died almost two years after the incident with Broom subsequently admitting to manslaughter. He has now been sentenced to an additional two years in prison. On the day of the attack, Mr...

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Addiction Support Service to Lose Its Funding on New Year’s Day

An addiction support service in Helensburgh, which is facing closure, has told of how people from Argyll and Bute will die if they cannot find new sources of funding for the service. The funding is due to be withdrawn on January 1st 2015 after the council awarded the contract to a London based charity. Helensburgh Addiction Rehabilitation Team (HART) will see their £90.000 funding cut and the Service Users Recovery Group (SURG) chairperson, Les Rutter has said that some of HART’s clients will no doubt die as a result. SURG represents approximately 20 people currently using HART. Lack of Communication...

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Lives Destroyed by Addiction

A drug addiction is an illness; the person could be addicted do horrendous substances. Nicola Bedford is a prime example of how a drug addiction can destroy lives. Bedford was found guilty of murder this week after her ex-partner was found dead at his home in Newsome this past May (2014). The heroin and crack cocaine addict had denied any involvement initially, but her boyfriend and pimp Surjit Singh Sidhu admitted murdering Mr Martin Ackroyd. However, despite her denials, a Bradford Crown Court jury found the pair guilty. Both Bedford and her partner will be given a life sentence but...

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Why Humans Drink Alcohol

At this time of year, parties are plentiful and alcoholic beverages are flowing. However, with plenty of alcohol come the dreaded hangover and the question of ‘why did I drink’? We often ask ourselves this the morning after the night before, when we are struggling to function and are trying to cope with a banging head and nauseous stomach. However, fasts forward even a day or two and we are ready to get back out there and hit the bottle hard again. So why do we do this to ourselves? What makes us enjoy a drink that causes us to...

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Drop in Alcohol Consumption in Scotland – But Underage Drinking Still an Issue

Since 2009, the amount of alcohol consumed in Scotland has fallen. The reduction equates to approximately 38 million pints of bear each year and a report by NHS Health Scotland has attributed this to the recession and the fact that the Scottish Government has banned multi-buy promotions on alcohol. This is good news for the Government, especially that alcohol related admissions and the number of deaths from alcohol has fallen as well. However, it is important to put these numbers into perspective – when compared with England and Wales, the number of alcohol sales in Scotland is still higher. In...

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