Former Crack Cocaine Addict on Hunger Strike in Protest of Treatment of Addicts

Paul James, an ex-international footballer originally from Cardiff, announced in January 2017 that he would be deliberately starving himself in protest at the way people with drug issues, such as crack cocaine addiction, are treated in Canada. A Descent into Crack Cocaine Addiction Paul, aged fifty-three, was born in Cardiff but became a Canadian citizen in 1983. He played football for the Canadian team at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984 and the Mexico World Cup of 1986. His last appearance in international football was in 1993 at the age of twenty-nine. He went on to coach football at the...

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From Food Addiction to Crystal Meth Addict to Crack Addict to College Professor

It is very common for someone trying to give up one addiction to immediately replace it with another, the compulsion to fill the ‘void’ left by the thing they were initially addicted to is so great. This is why understanding and treating the cause of conditions, such as crystal meth addiction, is so essential for recovery. Susan Peirce Thomson took this just a few steps further and made understanding the way the brain works the key to her success in beating all her addictions. How Did Her Addiction Start? Susan grew up in one of the beautiful areas of San...

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Anorexia: Early Treatment Is Vital

Anorexia nervosa can affect anyone, of any age, and from any background, although it usually develops in young people between the ages of fourteen and twenty-five. Anorexia is more common in young women than men, but in recent years the number of young men being diagnosed with anorexia has increased. What Is Anorexia? Anorexia is one of the most dangerous eating disorders, characterised by severe weight loss due to extreme control of diet. Someone suffering from anorexia will usually control their food intake very carefully, eating only small amounts, skipping meals entirely, or only eating foods that contain very few...

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Man Rescued from Crack Cocaine Factory

All too frequently, those suffering a cocaine addiction end up in massive amounts of debt to dealers of the drug. For Abdul Aziz from Bradford, his debt to his dealer led to him being trapped inside a crack cocaine factory, seriously ill and unable to escape. An Unlikely Cocaine Addiction Sufferer Abdul Aziz, a thirty-year-old from Girlington in Bradford, was a university graduate who was in training with a major construction company to become a chartered surveyor when his life began to go badly wrong in 2014. He was attacked, completely unprovoked, and slashed in the face by an unknown...

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Professional Pharmacist Speaks About Thirty-Year Long Codeine Addiction

The painkiller codeine is readily available in pharmacies across the UK. In low doses, it is available over-the-counter as tablets, usually in combination with paracetamol, and in some cough mixtures. Higher doses and stronger versions are only available by prescription. Codeine is often prescribed to manage pain for which other drugs such as paracetamol or ibuprofen have proved ineffective. Some situations for which it might be prescribed could include back pain, pain management after minor surgery, or to manage the pain from a throat infection such as laryngitis. As well as treating pain, it can also produce feelings of drowsiness...

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Why Co-Dependency Can Make You Feel Bad When a Loved One Recovers from Addiction

Loving someone who has a problem with addiction is never easy. Your whole life revolves around caring for them, trying to make sure they are okay, to keep them safe, to keep them alive. Constantly waiting for that phone call telling you they are in hospital, or worse.  Co-dependency is a related condition – both to addiction and to love. You Put Everything Else on Hold The focus of your life has become caring for this person, this addict, who you love. You do everything you can to help them, to try and make them better, to keep them safe,...

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Lancashire Woman Turned to Crime to Fund Her Amphetamine Addiction

Amphetamine – also known as methamphetamine, speed, or ice – is a highly addictive drug. Originally developed as a medicinal drug and still used to treat attention deficit disorder and sleep disorders such as narcolepsy, amphetamine is a stimulant that makes people feel more alert and energetic. Tolerance of the drug occurs rapidly, and so users need to take increasingly larger doses to feel the same effects. There is a common link between amphetamine addiction and crime, as users can turn to crime in order to fund their increasing need for the drug. This was the case for a Lancashire...

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Cork GP Concerned Over Levels of Benzodiazepine Addiction

Benzodiazepine addiction is a serious issue for many, with some users becoming addicted after a single dose. A GP from Cork in Ireland has called for the higher dosage tablets of these drugs to be taken off the market to try to reduce their availability as street drugs. Usage of Benzodiazepines These drugs have calming and sedative effects and have been prescribed since the 1960s for the treatment of various disorders including insomnia, anxiety, and seizures. Initially, the medical profession was not fully aware of their potential for addiction, and so they were very widely used. Some patients prescribed these...

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The Best Time to Quit Smoking?

The 8th March 2017 was National No Smoking Day, you may have just missed it, but that doesn’t mean that right now isn’t a good time to quit. So Why Should I Stop? We all know that smoking is bad for our health, but did you know that more than 50% of smokers will eventually die because of their smoking addiction? Smoking regularly increases the risk of developing several life-threatening diseases. It is known to increase the risk of at least fourteen different cancers, including lung cancer, mouth cancer, cancer of the oesophagus (windpipe), larynx (voice box) and pharynx. Smoking...

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Born to Shop? The Curse of Shopping Addiction

We all love shopping, right? Well, maybe not love, but for most of us, there is that one thing – whether it’s books, clothes, gadgets, shoes, the latest piece of tech, makeup or whatever it is – buying gives us that little thrill of excitement when we get it home, or open the parcel. And that’s where the danger lies, in that little thrill. Because for some, that thrill starts to become necessary, they need more, and that’s when the enjoyment of shopping slips into a shopping addiction. ‘Need’ to Shop Shopping addiction, or oniomania, is defined as a compulsive...

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