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 The funding is due to be withdrawn on January 1st 2015 after the council awarded the contract to a London based charity.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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Intervention Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Relatives of individuals suffering with addiction to a substance such as alcohol or drugs may be considering an intervention technique to try to get them to admit to their problem and, subsequently, to get treatment for it. Interventions can be the ideal way to get a loved one to open up to their addiction but, if done incorrectly, it could make the problem worse. Unless it is handled in a professional manner, the addicted person could become even more resistant to the idea of getting help and the loved ones could find themselves dealing with entirely new issues. Below are...

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Lifetime to Show Whitney Houston Biopic in January

Just short of three years since the tragic death of superstar Whitney Houston, Lifetime are about to release a biopic showcasing the life of the star. This long awaited biopic will be screened in January (2015) but fans of the star got their first taste of what’s to come this past Saturday (December 6th). Yaya DaCosta has been cast as the star and Deborah Cox has provided vocals due to the failure of Lifetime to secure the rights to use Houston’s own vocals. The story depicts the life of the star, which was filled with both highs and lows –...

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Alcohol Abuse Costs to the UK Hitting the £6 Billion Mark

A recent study conducted by the Royal College of Physicians has concluded that the cost of alcohol abuse to the UK could be up to £6 billion annually. The cost to the NHS is approximately £3 billion, which accounts for around 12% of total hospital spend. The remaining £3 billion is lost through alcohol-related crime, premature death, and loss of business through employee absence at work. Campaigners are now calling on the Government to do more to tackle the problem and to publish its strategy for the reduction of alcohol abuse in the UK. The study also found that of...

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Are You Destined To Become An Alcoholic?

For a long time many experts have been of the opinion that alcoholism is part genetics. Others have scoffed at this notion, but it now appears as though scientists have actually discovered that it may be true. They have identified key DNA that appears to make some people more susceptible to alcoholism than others. Does Alcoholism Run in Families? One thing that has been clear for a long time is the fact that many alcoholic parents see their children following in their footsteps. Opinion on this varied over the years, from those who believed it was genetic to others who...

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Woman Steals from Elderly to Fund Drug Habit

A drug addiction can cause heartache to not only the addict, but his or her family as well. Family’s often despair when faced with the prospect of watching their addicted loved ones descend deeper and deeper into addiction, knowing that there is little they can do about it. Once the grip of addiction takes hold, individuals will do almost anything to obtain their next ‘fix’, often not caring about those getting hurt in the crossfire. However, what about when those hurt are innocent victims, not even known to the addict? This is exactly what happened to three elderly ladies who...

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Recovering Pete Doherty Reaches out to Other Addicts

For the better part of the last several months, Libertines guitarist Pete Doherty has been spending his time in a rehab programme in Thailand. After a long struggle with drugs and alcohol, the rocker is completely clean and ready to get on with his life. He recently reached out to other addicts by writing a very compelling piece for The Independent. Doherty wrote from his own experiences as a regular user of heroin and other drugs. In his piece, he explained that there is a way out of addiction. He urged other addicts to just go to a support group...

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Looking at Addiction Recovery from the Angle of Crime

There is currently a debate within the halls of government, and society as a whole, about whether or not the issue of drug and alcohol addiction should be taken out of the realm of enforcement and placed within the realm of healthcare. The rationale for making addiction a healthcare issue is one of focusing solutions on medical recovery rather than just law enforcement. In fact, former Home Office minister Norman Baker made that argument numerous times before leaving his position. Paul Hayes, former National Treatment Agency chief executive, offers a different perspective in a recent article published by The Guardian....

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Charity Notes More Need for Services – Recession Partly to Blame

A local drug and alcohol charity in Hull has experienced quite a significant increase in the number of people seeking help for alcohol related problems this year. The Alcohol & Drug Service (ADS) was expecting some increase, but not the 67% they have seen. According to charity officials, the recession is partly to blame. ADS assisted 1,059 people last year through their 12-week detox and rehab programme. This year they are already up to 1,773. ADS spokesperson Justin McKeown said that the numbers are a concern. He told the Hull Daily Mail that the charity was expecting increased demand for...

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Online Survey Looks at Problem Drinking from Social Angle

Dr Adam Winstock was having a conversation with his teenage nieces when he discovered something startling: they were less worried about the financial and physical ramifications of excessive drinking and more worried about embarrassing themselves while under the influence. After coming to terms with his discovery, he was inspired to develop a new online survey designed to address problem drinking from a social angle. Winstock, who is also the founder of the Global Drug Survey, told The Telegraph that people begin running into problems when their actions as drunks intersect with their normal lives when sober. For example, a worker...

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Canadian Province May Cease Hair Testing for Drugs

Questions about the reliability of hair follicle tests for determining alcohol and drug use are causing the Canadian province of Ontario to reconsider whether or not these should be used in cases dealing with at-risk children and mothers suspected of using illicit drugs or excessive alcohol. Interestingly, one of the primary critics of the tests is the manager of the laboratory that conducts the tests for a prominent Ontario hospital. The question now before decision-makers is whether to allow data from a number of studies to influence whether or not they continue using the hair follicle procedure. In principle, testing...

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Calderdale Council Investing Millions in Addiction Recovery

Calderdale Council spends roughly £3.4 million per year to treat nearly 1,500 people suffering from some level of alcohol or drug misuse. That is a lot of money for a council with jurisdiction over a population of 200,000 people. Yet the council does not see the money as being ‘spent’; it prefers to look at it as an investment. Council representatives say they are actually saving money in the long run. Drug and alcohol prevention and abuse programmes are the biggest expenditure within the Calderdale health budget. The money goes to support a number of drug and alcohol addiction recovery...

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