From Storyteller to Crystal Meth Addiction

Crystal meth, one form of methamphetamine, is a highly addictive substance, and for Australian journalist Luke Williams, his research for a story on crystal meth and its growing use lead to an entirely different story altogether – one that eventually led to a crystal meth addiction. Known Effects of Crystal Meth Addiction Luke had already seen several of his friends and family fall under the spell of the highly addictive drug, and so became curious about its increasing popularity. He knew the effects it had, having seen his thirty-seven-year-old cousin transform from a marijuana smoker who kept himself to himself,...

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Broadcaster Speaks out about the Difficulties of Dealing with Daughter’s Anorexia

ITV newsreader Mark Austin spoke in an interview on the ‘This Morning’ programme and described how difficult he found coping with his daughter’s anorexia. Losing Weight Austin was in America covering the presidential elections in 2012 when his daughter Maddy, then eighteen, began to show signs of an eating disorder. His wife, an A&E doctor, had called to tell him that Maddy had become obsessive about food, counting calories and skipping meals. She had started to lose weight, and by the time Austin returned home a week later, she had collapsed at school from being so weak. Fortunately for Maddy,...

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Beverley Black: Cocaine Addict to Writer

Crack cocaine is the most psychologically dependent drug; users experience euphoric highs, but the effects can last as little as five minutes, leaving the individual with intense cravings for more. People develop crack cocaine addiction on their first use of this powerful drug, often leading to a tragic conclusion. For one Californian woman, crack became the focus of her life, but she has shared the story of how she turned her life around. Normal Childhood Beverly A Black was born in San Francisco, moving to Palo Alto when she was six-years-old. She described her childhood as ‘pretty normal’; she and her...

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From Anxiety to Addiction: Why Medication Is Not Always the Best Choice

With individuals feeling increasing pressures from various sources in their everyday lives, anxiety is a common and frequently debilitating problem. Those who suffer from anxiety find that it affects their whole lives, making social interactions and work environments increasingly difficult to cope with. Many who suffer from anxiety are prescribed benzodiazepines to help them cope, but this may not always be the right answer. What are Benzodiazepines? Benzodiazepines are a group of anti-anxiety drugs that include temazepam, diazepam (or Valium) and lorazepam, among others. They are commonly prescribed to help treat anxiety or insomnia, and sometimes also used to treat...

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Former Rugby Player in Court Over Cocaine Possession

Cocaine is the second most commonly abused drug; it is highly addictive, with individuals becoming hooked after even short periods of use. The substance produces feelings of euphoria, alertness and confidence, but the effects are relatively short-lived, and so users will quickly seek repeat doses to regain those feelings. The addiction to cocaine is a psychological addiction. A Downward Spiral Charles Keenan, who had played rugby for Scotland, had moved to Essex with his family to set up a property business. Speaking in court, he blamed tension between himself and his wife over the business for his addiction to cocaine....

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The Importance of Alcohol Detox, Rehabilitation and Aftercare in Addiction Recovery

For those who abuse alcohol on a regular basis, the risk of alcoholism increases. The more the individual drinks, the more likely he or she is to build up a tolerance, which would mean that more alcohol would be required each time in order to achieve the desired effect. Once alcoholism has developed, it is usually necessary for the individual to complete an alcohol detox before starting the process of rehabilitation. The Dangers of Alcohol Abuse Alcohol is often seen as a harmless substance because of the fact that it is legal and socially acceptable. It is usually present at...

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Underlying Fear of Drug or Alcohol Relapse

For anyone who has managed to successfully overcome an addiction, the fear of a drug or alcohol relapse will forever loom in the background; some will succumb to it while others will remain abstinent. As long as the individual feels fully supported, it can be easier to stay away from the substance that they were dependent on for so long. The recent closure of a rehabilitation centre in Glasgow has sparked concerns that former addicts who used the services here may fall victim to a relapse and turn back to drugs as a way to cope. Disapproval A much-loved rehabilitation...

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Should Dangerous Addicts Be Forced to Undergo Addiction Detox?

Many people around the UK suffer from drug addiction. In some cases, it can be so severe that the individual becomes completely detached from reality, and the actions he or she takes will reflect this. Some experts have argued that it should be mandatory for the people considered a danger to undergo addiction detox for them to overcome their addiction and become valued members of society. However, until the day where this hopefully becomes a reality, some addicts will continue to act in a horrific way that can have a hugely negative impact on those around them. One example of...

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Trying to Reduce the Number of Addicts Suffering Alcohol Relapse

Whether you have only just realised that you are suffering from an addiction or you have had an alcohol relapse, it can be difficult to completely come to terms with the nature of your addiction. Some addicts are unable to fully acknowledge that they are suffering, letting the problem worsen until it becomes near impossible to successfully overcome. Even so, experts are continually working on new ways to help overcome alcohol addiction, and the most recent idea involves using ketamine to erase memories of alcohol to counteract the addiction. Erasing Memories Recent research by psychologists at University College London has...

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Picking Yourself up after an Addiction Relapse

For any person trying to overcome an addiction, there is always the fear of addiction relapse, which will be a constant worry. For some, this motivates them to work harder and remain abstinent, but for others, it can put a strain on their recovery and result in them giving up as they think the process will be too challenging. One person who has fallen victim to addiction relapse many times over the years is Lamar Odom, who insists that he will now stay sober for good. Warning Sign Former LA Lakers star Odom has recently gone through treatment at a...

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