How Cocaine Addiction Can Lead to Suicide

There are many side effects of a substance addiction including health problems, relationship breakdowns, and financial hardship. However, another problem of addiction is that it can increase the risk of suicide. The problems that addiction can bring can lead to depression and, for some people, suicidal thoughts. Some individuals will act on these feelings rather than carry on with the pressures of life. Link between Substance Abuse and Suicide Those with alcohol or drug addiction often find themselves in traumatic situations, which can affect their mental health. These cases can include overdose, assault, illness, violence, prostitution, and injury. Short-term effects...

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Heartbroken Parents of Man Who Died After Taking Legal Highs Call for a Ban

The parents of a man who died after taking legal highs have called for these substances to be banned, likening the sale of them to ‘legalising murder’. Their son, David Lewis, injected legal high ‘Burst’ and spent seven weeks in hospital fighting a deadly infection before finally succumbing to it. Burst has also been linked to a number of other deaths. Changing Ingredients Agnes and Jack Lewis said that they spoke to doctors who told them that legal high ingredients are constantly changing as the manufacturers try to avoid legal restrictions. This means that users can be taking different ingredients...

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What Can Happen When a Gambling Addiction Gets Out of Control

In the grips of an addiction, those affected can become desperate, losing control of their sense of responsibility and of what is right and wrong. Once the illness has taken hold of the person, they will do almost anything to enable them to carry on with their addiction. Substance addiction is devastating and can destroy a person’s life. It wreaks untold havoc on the person affected and their family members have to watch in horror as they see their loved one ruin their life. Very often, nothing can be done to stop this. As well as the heartache and worry,...

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Recovering Gambler Shocked At Yet another Betting Shop in Clydebank

After the Scottish Government’s decision to overturn a rejected planning permission for yet another betting shop in the centre of Clydebank, a recovering gambler has spoken of the dangers of these establishments. Martin Traynor told of his shock that the Government has allowed for another Betfred store in the centre of the town, despite the council rejecting the planning application. Martin, who has struggled with his own gambling addiction for many years, said that there are enough betting shops in Clydebank already and, “In the shopping centre, there are far too many.” Hell for Problem Gamblers Martin said that, while...

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Fears That Some Legal Highs Could be More Addictive than Illegal Drugs

An investigation by BBC Wales has found that many of the psychoactive substances (legal highs) available on our streets are more addictive than illicit drugs. It has also found that many of these substances are becoming stronger. Synthetic versions of drugs such as heroin and cannabis can be bought legally online; some can even be bought on the high street. A few of these legal highs (such as benzofuran and mephedrone) have been banned, but the problem is that new substances become available as soon as another has been made illegal. Higher Addictive Potential Josie Smith from WEDINOS, the drug-testing...

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Scientists Hoping to Use Cannabis Ingredient to Fight Cannabis Addictions

Earlier this week, a study on the effects of skunk cannabis and its link to the development of psychosis was published. It was revealed that super strong cannabis is responsible for a quarter of all new cases of psychosis and raised concerns among health experts that the public are unaware of the dangers of using the drug. Yin and Yang However, there have also been recent studies revealing that there are two sides to cannabis. Professor Val Curran of University College London has explained how cannabis works, and gives a bit more insight into the two main ingredients of the...

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Coping with the Consequences of a Loved One’s Addiction

There is no one reason why people turn to drugs or alcohol but it is often a way of coping with the stresses of life. Some young people will take drugs because of peer pressure, while others will simply want to experiment with substances that are deemed dangerous or illegal. For some people, addiction to these substances develops and soon begins to take over their lives. The very nature of an addiction means that the person becomes dependent on the substance and their need for it begins to consume every waking moment. They will often think of nothing else but...

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Cannabis Link to Psychosis Leads Some to Rethink Calls for Legalising the Drug

On January 1st 2014, the first stores selling cannabis in Colorado were opened. Many Republicans believed that there would be a negative impact on employment, crime, and health as a result of legalising the drug but, over a year later, it seems as though their fears were unfounded. Denver police officers have commented that they have not noticed much of a change in how they are doing their jobs. Another interesting point is that with the arrival of thousands of tourists to the state’s marijuana stores, there have been many new jobs created. Another point to mention is that levels...

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Tackling Addiction Will Help Beat Drug Related Crimes

A senior police officer who called for illegal drugs such as heroin and cocaine to be made available to addicts is standing by his comments, despite the policing minister telling the House of Commons that his comments were wrong. Chief Constable Mike Barton has refused to stand down over the comments he made and, instead, has said that he is hoping to have a ‘grown-up debate’ about them. He has also commented on his disappointment over broken promises made by the Coalition regarding minimum unit pricing on alcohol. Current Policies Not Working When asked if he thought current drugs policies...

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How Opiate Medication Led to Heroin Addiction for One Man

A Belfast man who sold heroin to undercover police officers has been spared jail, given a three-year probationary sentence instead. Adam Beattie’s ill health played a role in him avoiding jail; it was these health issues that led him to a heroin addiction in the first place. Police Operation Beattie was arrested as part of an undercover police operation aimed at investigating Belfast’s drug supply problem. As part of the operation, undercover police officers made contact with some of Belfast’s ground level suppliers and Beattie was one of them. Beattie told the officers that he could get the drugs they...

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How The Fear of Relapse is Always Present for Recovered Addicts

Davina McCall has spoken of how she still attends Narcotics Anonymous meetings to help prevent a relapse into addiction, and that how she will not even drink one glass of wine for fear she may develop an addiction to alcohol. She said that ‘she can’t have one of anything’ and prefers to abstain from drinking, just in case. McCall struggled with a heroin addiction during her twenties and says that the meetings she now attends help her stay on the straight and narrow. She has said that she thinks the NA system is ‘very, very clever’ but also that she...

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Getting Help for Teenage Addiction

Teenage addiction is a common problem across the UK. Young people often become addicted to substances such as alcohol or drugs and these days many teenagers are developing addictions to things such as smart phones and even the internet. There are a number of reasons why teenagers will take drugs or drink alcohol including peer pressure, boredom, insecurity, or stress. Many teenagers will turn to these substances because they cannot handle the pressure of teenage life. Bullying is another common factor to why so many teenagers turn to these substances. Taking drugs and alcohol can make them feel better about...

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How Some Stay-At-Home Mums Struggle with Alcoholism

Staying at home to look after the children may sound an ideal job for many but it can be stressful and lonely at times, especially if the children are in school during the day. For many, this lifestyle can lead to problems with depression or anxiety, which then can lead to an addiction to alcohol. This is exactly what happened to Emma Bushen, a mum of three who ended up downing a bottle of vodka every day while staying at home to look after her children. She admitted that, over the past ten years, her life has been a blur,...

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The Difficulties Faced By Recovering Addicts

New figures have revealed that a large number of people in the UK are receiving benefits for sickness relating to drug or alcohol addiction. Almost 47,000 people are receiving Employment and Support Allowance because of alcohol abuse, while over 28,000 receive the same benefit because of a drug addiction. Public Anger While there may be public anger that taxpayers’ money is being used for those out of work because of addiction, it is important to point out that many recovering addicts face a difficult task trying to find work. Many employers will simply not consider employing someone who has previously...

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Why Treatment for Addiction is Preferable to Prison for Some Drug Related Crimes

Addiction to drugs such as heroin and cocaine can be a destructive force that leads to the breakdown of relationships, financial hardship, and illness. Many people who develop a dependency on these drugs will find that they think of nothing else except their next fix; this can often cause marriages to breakdown and children to be taken into care. Some people will do absolutely anything to get the drug they crave, and may beg, borrow, or steal to find the money to pay for their next fix. Some will get into trouble with loan sharks or will end up owing...

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