What is PCP Addiction and Can It Be Treated?

Most people think about drugs such as heroin and cocaine when they hear the word ‘addiction’. Nevertheless, there are many other illegal drugs available that are also causing heartbreak to families around the UK. PCP addiction is something that many individuals are unaware of, but this is a drug that can have devastating consequences for those affected. What is PCP? PCP, or phencyclidine, which is the chemical name for the drug, was created as an anaesthetic and painkiller but was discontinued for medicinal purposes because of the side effects, including severe hallucinations and aggressive behaviour. It is a Class A...

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Concerns That Methamphetamine Addiction Could Destroy West African Communities

Methamphetamine addiction continues to be a major problem for many people around the world. It is a highly addictive drug and one that dealers make a lot of profit from. Individuals affected by this illness find it extremely difficult to kick, meaning that those who produce the drug know that, essentially, they have buyers for life. The trouble with methamphetamine is that the ingredients used to make it are easily accessible. It is cheap to produce, and there are no climate restrictions on where it can be produced, unlike other illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine. This means that...

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Mephedrone Meow Meow Addiction Causing Unsafe Sex Among Gay and Bisexual Men

  Drug abuse is a common occurrence on the party scene, and particularly on the gay party scene. It is common for those who like to party to develop illnesses such as cocaine, ecstasy or mephedrone meow meow addiction. Mephedrone is a very strong stimulant drug and is commonly referred to as meow meow or m-cat. This drug has been growing in popularity in the gay scene and is often used by those practising ‘chemsex’. Chemsex is the word used to describe those who engage in sex while under the influence of specific drugs such as mephedrone. It is mostly...

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Are Illnesses such as Marijuana Addiction Enough to Prevent Drug Decriminalisation?

  A new report has been published in which two top charities have said that drug use should be decriminalised. They believe that those suffering from illnesses such as heroin, cocaine or marijuana addiction should be given access to treatment rather than be treated like criminals. The Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) and the Faculty of Public Health (FPH) believe that drug users should not be punished but should be given help to overcome their substance abuse problems. The RSPH and the FPH are not the only organisations to feel this way; many charities and even some police forces...

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Early Exposure to Pornography Could Lead to Destructive Pornography Addiction

While most think of alcohol, drugs and gambling when they hear the word ‘addiction’, there are many things to which people can become addicted. The truth is that any pattern of behaviour that has a negative impact on a person’s life can be classed as an addiction. Pornography addiction is a growing issue for many individuals, and most believe that it is the easy accessibility of porn today that is fuelling this increase. Although not everyone who looks at porn will develop an addiction, there are some people for whom it will become a major problem – and one that...

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Fear of LSD Addiction Stopping LSD Being Used for Treating Depression?

LSD, or acid as it is also known as, is a hallucinogenic drug that was hugely popular in the 1960s until it was made illegal. During this time, it was enormously popular with musicians and artists; as a result, it became the drug of choice for fun-loving partygoers. However, worried about LSD addiction and the harmful effects the drug could have on both physical and mental health, the UK government of the time had made moves to ban the drug by 1966. Obstacle to Research Scientists had also been using LSD and were conducting research into the effect of the...

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Charity Uses Exhibition to Highlight Effects of Addictions Such as Marijuana Addiction

Addiction is currently devastating the lives of a vast number of people around the UK. Every day, individuals who are suffering from heroin, gambling, alcohol or marijuana addiction are seeking help for their illnesses. Sadly, many never get the help they need. Shame and embarrassment often prevent addicts from reaching out; sometimes, addiction takes the life of the person affected before he or she is ready to make the changes necessary to get better. Highlighting the Effects of Addiction TV and theatre composer James McConnel has joined forces with a number of other high-profile figures to highlight the devastating effects...

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Inhalant Addiction – A Growing Problem

Inhalant addiction is a growing problem here in the UK. A recent study into the use of nitrous oxide, or laughing gas as it is also known, showed that use of this substance is rapidly increasing, especially among young people. Nitrous oxide is typically inhaled from balloons, and many users are of the opinion that it is a harmless activity. However, research has revealed that some people are at risking neurological problems because of their abuse of laughing gas. The study queried more than 100,000 people from twenty different countries, and of those questioned, 17,000 admitted to having tried nitrous...

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The Dangers of Inhalant Abuse and Inhalant Addiction

When it comes to children, but especially teenagers, many parents worry about things such as alcohol and drugs. There is the worry that you cannot be with your kids twenty-four hours a day, and many mums and dads fret about what their children are doing when they are not with them. It is true that experimentation with mood-altering substances tends to begin when children get to high school, but it is not always alcohol and illegal drugs that parents should be concerned with. Sadly, inhalant addiction is a problem for many people, and worryingly for parents, substances that are generally...

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How the Right Treatment and Support Can Help with Illnesses Such as LSD Addiction

Unfortunately, no matter how much of a loving and stable home people grow up in, there is no way to guarantee that some individuals will not succumb to illnesses such as alcohol, cocaine, heroin or LSD addiction. Experimentation with mood-altering substances often occurs during the teenage years, and even in families where parents are quite open with their children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, there is a risk that their kids will be affected. While most young people who experiment with drugs and alcohol never develop addictive behaviour, some are prone to addiction and will become consumed by...

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