Does Drug Decriminalisation Work?

There has been much debate over the years as to whether drugs should be decriminalised. Many high-profile figures, including former deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Sir Richard Branson, have spoken of how they feel the war on drugs in the UK is not working and that decriminalising drugs is the only way forward. However, the UK Government recently announced plans to introduce a blanket ban on all psychoactive substances, with the exception of alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine. The effect of this ban would be that so-called legal highs are banned. Many parents and health experts worried about the number...

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Staging an Effective Intervention for an Addicted Loved One

Many family members living with a loved one in the throes of a devastating addiction will want to do everything in their power to help. It can be difficult to watch someone you love struggling every day with the weight of an addiction problem and feeling powerless to act. You cannot force a loved one to get help, no matter how hard you try. Moreover, you cannot cure their addiction either. It is an illness that will not go away simply because you want it to. However, there are ways that family members can help their loved one face up...

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Should Alcohol Guidelines Be Changed

In most countries, alcohol consumption is accepted. Most people that drink do so moderately and within the guidelines set by the Government. However, many people regularly drink more than the recommended daily amount and suffer as a result. For some, moderate drinking can develop into problem drinking, which in turn can lead to alcoholism. A problem drinker is one who experiences difficulty in their life because of the amount of alcohol he or she consumes. Some individuals cannot function each day without alcohol, but because of the stigma associated with excessive drinking and alcoholism, they will hide their problems from...

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Why Will Your Loved One Not Accept Help for Addiction?

Watching a loved one struggling with addiction can be a devastating experience. You can see what the addiction is doing to them but no matter how hard you try, he or she is unwilling or unable to accept help. Many addicts are in denial about the extent of their problem, and may become defensive or aggressive when confronted about it. The trouble is that no matter how hard you beg and plead with them to get help you cannot force the issue. Until your addicted loved one can accept that a problem exists and is ready to get help, you...

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Making Sure You Choose a Suitable Rehabilitation Clinic

The hardest part of addiction is admitting that you have a problem. Many addicts find it hard to accept or admit that they could be suffering from this kind of illness. Others will just not realise that their drinking or drug use has developed to the stage where it is a full-blown addiction. They will be in denial and, if anyone confronts them about their problem, they will vehemently refute it. However, once they have finally learned to accept that addiction is causing problems in their lives and have decided to get help, they will have taken that first step...

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How Addiction Often Affects the Innocent

Addiction takes no prisoners, and those affected often suffer greatly as it takes hold of their lives. Long-term heroin users will often experience health issues because of the drug taking. Those who inject heroin have a high risk of vein damage, and many will suffer from skin abscesses. They also have a higher risk of developing illnesses such as HIV, tetanus, or hepatitis. Addicts who smoke the drug may develop acute lung conditions including tuberculosis or pneumonia. Heroin addiction also has other consequences such as the breakdown of relationships, financial hardship, and loss of employment. Family members of heroin addicts...

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Government Urged to Postpone Legal High Blanket Ban

Legal highs have been causing concern among health experts and parents for some time, but a recent government announcement that a ban is to be implemented came as welcome news. These ‘legal’ substances contain a number of chemical ingredients, and they are manufactured to mimic illegal drugs such as cocaine, ecstasy, and cannabis. The problem with legal highs is the fact that many youngsters assume it is safe to take them, as the substances are labelled ‘legal’. However, these substances can be extremely dangerous and have been linked to a number of deaths. Legal highs are typically sold as plant...

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How Family Support Makes a Difference in Addiction Rehabilitation

There are numerous reasons some people become addicted to drugs or alcohol, but it often develops when a person takes these substances in a bid to numb the pain of a stressful situation. It may be to block out negative emotions from an abusive relationship or to help cope with the loss of a loved one. The individual may begin taking drugs or alcohol because it allows him or her to escape the negative feelings they are experiencing. He or she then prefers to be under the influence of these substances than not and, before long, will be using more...

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Does Your Child Have an Eating Disorder?

Parents worry about their children from the time they are born. They worry about accidents and illnesses when they are young, and whether they are safe when they are away from the home as they get older. Once they reach adolescence worries change, and many parents will be concerned about drugs and alcohol. However, some parents have other concerns including whether or not their child has developed an eating disorder. The important thing to remember is that eating disorders are rarely just about weight or food. They develop as a coping mechanism for stressful or emotional issues. An eating disorder...

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How Boredom Can Lead to Addiction

There are many reasons why people start taking drugs or drinking alcohol, with peer pressure, curiosity, and stress relief as some of the most common. However, boredom is major fact in why some individuals try certain substances. Teenagers, in particular, will drink or take drugs to relieve the boredom they are feeling. Nevertheless, if they continue to use the substance, they may become dependent on it and, eventually, develop an addiction. Those who have developed an addiction may be worried that their life will be boring without their substance of choice, and it is this fear that makes them carry...

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How to Cope With the Stigma of Addiction

Those suffering from addiction are often in denial about their problems. It is usually family members or friends who will notice that there is a problem. However, when they confront the addict, they may be greeted with furious denials and defensiveness. The truth is that most addicts do not realise the extent of their addiction, and those that do may not want to admit it. What often happens is that family members will try to deal with the problem in-house so that nobody outside will find out. This is because there is a certain stigma attached to addiction, and many...

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What to Do If a Loved One Has an Alcohol Problem

If you suspect that someone you love is suffering from an alcohol problem, then you will no doubt be wondering if anything can be done to help. Most family members and friends automatically assume that they can solve the problem by talking to or reasoning with the person affected. However, in many cases, an alcoholic will not even believe that he or she actually has a problem. Some will suspect that they do but will not want to admit it, possibly becoming defensive and aggressive with anyone who suggests they do. Before you confront a person about an alcohol problem,...

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How Alcohol Can Lead to Suicidal Thoughts

Alcohol is involved in many suicides in the UK, with those who suffer from alcoholism more likely to have suicidal thoughts than the general population. Many people who have taken their lives or attempted to do so have consumed alcohol prior to the act. While suicide is rarely a spur of the moment decision, those under the influence of alcohol may be more likely to go through with the act because of decreased inhibition and increased impulsivity. Those who suffer from alcohol addiction may also suffer from depression and isolation, especially if they have lost their home and or relationships...

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The Stages of Drug Addiction

Nobody wakes up one morning with a drug addiction. It is not something that merely happens overnight; there are a number of stages a person will go through before becoming addicted. The first stage is experimentation. There are many reasons a person tries drugs in the first place, but lots do so out of curiosity. They may have heard from friends about how great certain drugs are and will want to try them for themselves. Others may be tempted to try drugs out of boredom. Another reason is to escape the pressures and problems of life. Many individuals use drugs...

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How Fame Can Lead to Addiction

Those who are famous live their lives in the spotlight, which can be immensely stressful. Having to be constantly alert to how they act in public can be a huge pressure, and many struggle with the world they live in. Knowing that everywhere they go they will be recognised means they cannot live a normal life and, in the world of social media, photos can be posted online in seconds. Those who are extremely famous will constantly be in the public eye, which can be difficult to deal with. Addiction among the Famous It is hardly surprising then that many...

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