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Alcohol and drug addiction

24June

Say no to smoking

Written by Carl Malkin Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

Say no to smoking

Ever had someone say to you that they are trying to quit smoking or maybe you have done it yourself. People always comment and say well done you can do it. For people who have never smoked or been to addicted to smoking it seems to easy to just say “you can do it” but for you it can be a big deal. What you need to remember is that 1 sixth of the UK population smoke so there are many people who just don’t understand the addictions of smoking cigarettes. People who do smoke will have heard the comments “you know that stuff will kill you” or “when are you going to quit that dirty habit” So when you do decide you are going to try and quit you would like a bit of credit and help in doing so rather than just a comment or nod of the head.

21March

Cocaine: The Effects and the Risks

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

Cocaine: The Effects and the Risks

You may think that taking cocaine is ‘sick’ and will boost your rep among your mates. However, the truth is, taking drugs is not only illegal, it is extremely dangerous and can limit your job opportunities later in life.

10January

How to Go Sober

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, Health

How to Go Sober

If you drink too much, then going sober can be really difficult and there may be times when it seems impossible. It is not something that happens overnight. Recovery is a gradual process and sometimes the first step is admitting you have a problem and seeking help.

If you would like to cut back on your drinking, then one way to do so is to assess the benefits and disadvantages of drinking to find out whether drinking is worth the cost.

07October

Two Decades and Eight: a Dream that I hate

Written by Norman Pierpoint Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, General Advice, Youth offending

Two Decades and Eight: a Dream that I hate

Two decades and eight – a dream that I hate
Trusted in deals and promises that take
Mind is all scarred – turned inwards to hate
Standing on the edge – two decades and eight

These are the lines of a lyric I penned after meeting an ex-offender who was trying to repair his life after a journey that had taken him to hell and back. However, this journey was still continuing as he tried to break the grip that drugs were having on his life.

03June

Do you know enough about Cannabis?

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

Cannabis is a class B drug that comes in different forms, including hash, weed and skunk. Often people will mix it with tobacco and smoke it with friends at parties, in the home or on the streets.

A recent study has found that half of young people have used cannabis, however this does not mean that they are regular cannabis users.

13May

Being a Young Carer

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, Homelessness and Social Care, Disability

Being a Young Carer

If you have to look after a relative or family member, then as a young carer you may have feelings of guilt, loneliness, anger, anxiety, stress or depression from time to time.

Feeling like this is natural as you are having to take on so much responsibility and as a result are being denied some of the opportunities and pleasures enjoyed by your peers.

01February

Peer Pressure

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction, Sex and Relationships, Beat bullying

Peer Pressure

What are the effects of peer pressure?

In some cases, peer pressure can be positive. For example, you might be encouraged by your friends to watch a certain TV programme or listen to a particular band. The effect of this is harmless. However, peer pressure can sometimes have a negative effect that is dangerous or harmful. Some people may be influenced by their friends to do something that they don’t want to do in order to fit in. Or they may influence others to act in a certain way because they want to feel better about themselves.

07December

When social drinking becomes a serious problem

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Alcohol and drug addiction

When social drinking becomes a serious problem

Although the legal age to purchase alcohol is 18, statistics show that few young people wait that long to start drinking. By the age of 15, 80 per cent have already tried alcohol, so perhaps you have started drinking too.